What to Know Before You Buy A Commercial Range
The first thing to consider is the configuration or requirements of your range. Every range can be configured to your specializations, including several different heating zones and methods, such as gas, induction, electricity. What do you need? Are you only looking for heat sources for boiling, stewing, frying or sauteing? If so, then an appliance with multiple burners will suit your needs. However, if you are looking for more variety, then you may want to find a range with a combination of burners, grills, griddles or other heating elements. The point is to find an appliance that offers versatility while suiting your needs.
2. Base Style
Beyond the type of cooktop you need for the business, commercial ranges can also be outfitted with different base styles. For example, if you will be doing a considerable amount of baking and broiling, then choosing a range/oven combination is likely best. However, if you choose an oven, then you will need to decide if you want standard or convection. Convection ovens tend to offer more even cooking. Beyond ovens, you can also choose storage or cabinets as a base.
3. Gas Type
Next, as you are looking for information on gas ranges, you will need to determine the type of gas the business will be using. If you are using natural gas, then you need to make sure that you have the appropriate hookups. Liquid propane will also require the proper connections, but you will also need to pay attention to the tank supply, which will need to be refilled periodically, unlike natural gas.
Ventilation is also a crucial consideration because it will help to remove excess heat and vapors while protecting indoor air quality. While municipal regulations and restaurant layout play a significant role in how you vent the range, there are two standard ways of venting: (1) vented or (2) ventless hoods. Some municipalities do not permit ventless options, so check with your city before deciding.
Last, to minimize the risk of frequent commercial range repair and overuse, you need to consider capacity. Heavy-duty commercial ranges are recommended for busy establishments with over 150 seats, whereas restaurant ranges are typically recommended for businesses with less than 150 seats.
Purchasing a commercial gas range for your business is not a decision to take lightly. Choosing an appliance that is too small will likely present significant obstacles. Therefore, consider the options above and contact Casco if you need any further assistance in making your decision.