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kitchen ventilation systems

System Neurology of a Kitchen Ventilation System

Ok, I’ll admit, I made up the fancy title to pique the interest of the engineering crowd.  It has a nice bio-medical ring to it.  However, I thought it was somewhat appropriate, given that this article will be discussing the connections and control sequences for commercial kitchen ventilation (CKV) systems. Several components make up a […]

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kitchen design flexibility for food halls and mixed use properties

How to design kitchen ventilation flexibility into Food Halls and Mixed-Use Retail properties.

Vendor spaces in Food Halls or Mixed-Use Retail properties have significant logistical and infrastructure challenges. Creating spaces for foodservice operations before the vendor(s) have been identified while maintaining a high degree of infrastructure flexibility would be the goal, but often can fall short. Depending on the Food Halls or Mixed-Use property location, a secondary concern […]

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Ventless Hood Solutions

Advantages and Limitations of Ventless Solutions for Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

When designing a kitchen ventilation system, there may be a location where it is not cost-effective to run ductwork to the exterior of the building. This approach should always be the first consideration. In the absence of a practical means of ducting the kitchen exhaust, a ventless solution also known as a ductless solution can […]

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What are the best practices for Solid Fuel Cooking Ventilation

What are Best Practice Recommendation and Requirements for Solid Fuel Cooking in Kitchen Ventilation

Solid fuel cooking is defined by the International Mechanical Code as “any bulk material such as hardwood, mesquite, charcoal or briquettes that is combusted to produce heat for cooking operations.” This type of cooking is typically used to cook proteins (such as steaks, hamburgers, and chicken). The types of effluent emitted from solid fuel applications […]

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make up air comfortable commercial kitchen

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!

Addressing comfort, space conditioning and make up air in commercial kitchens. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, somewhere.  It implies the heat isn’t that big a deal for comfort, it’s more about the humidity that accompanies it.  Well, that’s sort of true.  Don’t try to tell anyone during summer in Las Vegas on a 106-degree […]

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Utility Distribution System UDS

Utility Distribution Systems (UDS), Built to Adapt

Utility Distribution Systems (UDS) or also known as kitchen distribution systems are custom-built enclosures that can include any combination of gas, electrical, water, compressed air, steam, fire, and safety controls in a stainless steel structure. Utility distribution systems can be configured to be installed against a wall or for use with an island suite of […]

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Virus mitigation in restaurants

What you need to know about virus mitigation to have customers back in restaurants

UVGI air filtration units can improve the ventilation and clean air in restaurants and other common spaces, helping mitigate the risk of virus and airborne disease spread. Many foodservice facilities have been struggling with COVID and providing the appropriate ventilation systems in their dining rooms while complying with mandates on occupancy and other mediation efforts. […]

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Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation

How effective is Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) lights in neutralizing a virus?

It seems that every day brings a new Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) device that promises 99%+ efficiency on “killing” or neutralizing viruses. What does that efficiency level mean, and does it represent how effective it will be in all applications? These are all essential questions that we will attempt to explain in this blog. What […]

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How does radiant heat affect your Chef's and Kitchen staffs comfort?

The Radiant Chef

How does radiant heat affect your chef’s and kitchen staff comfort? Typically, if you tell someone they look “radiant,” you would be complimenting their glowing appearance. If you tell a chef that they look radiant, it probably means they look hot and uncomfortable. Let’s explain how radiant heat affects the comfort of not only your […]

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Cfm and static pressure in Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

Cfm and static pressure … what does it all mean?

Whenever the topic of commercial kitchen ventilation crops up, you know, like when you’re at a dinner party, or it’s the holidays, and Uncle Bob wants to chat, there are two terms that regularly interfere with a complete understanding.  Cfm and static pressure,  these terms go hand-in-hand (like Uncle Bob and Aunt Brenda) though we […]

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