Heat Recovery in Commercial Kitchens
With the energy intensity of commercial kitchens, there are some significant opportunities to recover waste heat, save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. The most obvious area to recover heat is the kitchen exhaust hood. The typical temperature coming off the exhaust collar is approximately 100⁰ F. Recapturing that heat has its challenges since the […]
Solid Fuel Cooking Operations
Why are they different than non-solid fuel cooking operations and what are best practices when used with a Pollution Control System? As the name implies, Solid Fuel cooking operations are any cooking equipment that utilizes solid fuel for cooking the food product as opposed to using solid fuel for flavoring. Gas-operated equipment that uses solid […]
New Regulations for Pollution Control Units for Commercial Cooking
It may come as a surprise to you but up until recently, there had been no regulation dedicated specifically to Pollution Control Units for Commercial Cooking. Previously most PCU’s for Commercial Cooking were listed to UL 1978 standard for Grease Duct Construction or UL 710 Standard Exhaust Hoods for Commercial Cooking Equipment . The requirements […]
Taking a Deeper Dive, Cooking Odors, and Why Are They Such A Challenge to Mitigate?
It suffices to say most cooking odors are pleasant when in small doses. Where issues arise is when you have very active foodservice operations that are adjacent or part of residential dwellings. It is in these situations or when mandated by a landlord or code that minimizing the impact of nuisance cooking odors takes on […]
Love Thy Neighbor: Pollution Control for Commercial Kitchens
If you are involved with the design or building of food service properties, then you have probably heard of Pollution Control Systems or Commercial Kitchen Pollution Control Units, or PCU’s for short. A PCU is a system of special filters to help clean grease, smoke and odors from the exhaust air stream of commercial kitchens […]
What is the difference between commercial kitchen pollution control units?
Commercial Kitchen Pollution Control Units, also referred to as Scrubbers or Ecology units are systems that remove a high percentage of grease, vapor, and odors from the cooking process through a means of filtration. The devices fall into 2 major categories, media filter type and electrostatic precipitators (ESP). These systems have a form of odor […]