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Why Southbend Manufacturing Makes Superior Convection Ovens


If you are in the market for new restaurant cooking equipment, whether it be a commercial range, griddle, broiler, or convection, you will quickly realize that there are MANY choices out there.   And while big names like Vulcan or Lang are known for their quality, they are also among the most expensive brands in the industry.

Southbend Manufacturing has been making some of the best restaurant equipment in the industry since 1898.   You read that right.  since the 1800’s.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that they have their act together.  Southbend has been ahead of the trends ever since they started selling commercial equipment, and a huge reason is because they listen to their customers.   They hear the requests for innovation, improving on old ways of building equipment, making their brand more efficient, more affordable, and outperforming the competition on quality.  Check out this short video on their convection ovens:

inventoryThey also know that it’s important to have a product that fits each type of customer.  They have ovens that are in the $10,000+ range, and they have their bronze series oven which we stock that sells for only $2,899 Click to Buy.   But among that wide range, they never sacrifice quality.

Let’s talk convection ovens for a moment.  The true measure of a good convection oven is how evenly the oven cooks at a set temperature.   Southbend ovens feature a soft heat mixing zone technology that allows hot air to be mixed with cooler air to produce tempered air.  This ensures even baking and cooling!  A few other features that set their ovens apart:

Convection Ovens

  1.  Their patented inshot burners operate like a jet engine, insuring consistent burn and eliminates the possibility of clogging.
  2. Fully insulated factory sealed, flat panel glass system with larger panels for better product viewing.  And there is grease vapor resistance in between the glass panels.
  3. Water Resistant control panel seal with new heavy-duty drawer mount slides for improved serviceability and a brushed steel poly panel.
  4. Soft heat mixing zone technology allowing tempering of the air for precise temperature control and cooking evenness.
  5. A New thermal isolated phenolic/chrome handle and toggle point door closing system.
  6. Two stage door sealing system with integrated door stop to eliminate seal bending/damage.  304 stainless spring steel gasket backed with a steel rope gasket on top and bottom.

inventory-2If you are shopping for a new convection oven, you have a lot of choices.  But for the price, you will never go wrong purchasing a Southbend convection oven from Western Equipment Sales.    Have questions?  Give our trained and knowledgeable sales staff a call who can help answer any questions you may have, and make sure you are buying the right equipment for your application, at a price that you will be impressed with.

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The Pefect No Pilot Commerical Range Solution for Your Church, Firehouse or Commercial Kitchen

The perfect commercial range for a church or firehouse would be one with no pilot.  When it comes to purchasing a commercial oven or range for a church kitchen or firehouse, we hear a lot of customers express concern regarding an open or standing pilot.

pilot lightMost commercial ranges have a standing pilot that always burns so you can turn your gas burners or oven on and off at ease. In a restaurant environment this is fine, because you are always running your cooking equipment.  But what if you have a space that doesn’t run your cooking equipment all the time, like a church or firehouse?


argf36American Range USA has invented a new technology for use with commercial cooking equipment that they call green flame technology.  With this new technology, you have no pilot flames putting out heat and emissions in your building.  Think of a residential gas cook top that has an electronic ignition built in when you turn on your burners.  American Range has captured the convenience of this feature and now makes it available across their entire line of cooking equipment.  For an additional charge, you can order your equipment from the factory with this electronic ignition system installed so don’t have to leave a pilot light on all of the time.  This also means you don’t have to light your pilots when you want to use your burners, oven, or grills.  This not a residential quality product, this is a heavy duty electronic ignition made for the commercial space.  Watch this short video demo if green flame technology in action.

Not only does this make operating the equipment easier, but in a restaurant environment where you are constantly burning a pilot light, it can equate to substantial savings on natural gas costs over a year, in the hundreds of dollars.

Here in Tri-Cities, WA we get several questions from church members about pilot lights and the faint smell of gas they put out in the room as a result of burning natural gas.  A seasoned cook in a restaurant would know it’s perfectly normal, but for most of us who don’t cook every day as  profession can find commercial equipment with pilot lights a little intimidating and complicated to manage.  This cooking technology from American Range eliminates that worry and replaces it with a superior ignition system that is completely electronic.


We are a preferred vendor for American Range in the Tri-Cities and we would love to answer any questions about this new technology for commercial cooking equipment, and get you a competitive price on equipment you need for your kitchen.

Whether it’s new or used cooking equipment you’re after, refrigeration, or supplies, come visit us in Kennewick at Western Equipment Sales for the best prices in the region, and customer service that is unmatched.

If you’re interested in this technology, or have any equipment needs come to us for the expertise and help in making your food service business a success.  Call us at 866-585-6978 or 509-585-6978 with any questions or drop by our showroom anytime Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm.


1620 E. 7th Ave
Kennewick, WA 99337

Showroom Hours:
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Restaurant Equipment Parts – Is knowing my make and model number important?

If your buying restaurant equipment parts, is it important to know the make and model of your equipment?  In a word… YES.

We help a lot of people every day find the right part based on two very important pieces of information.  The make and specific model number of the equipment needing parts.  Without those pieces of information, it can be very difficult for you to find the right part that you need.


Can you tell the difference between these two parts?  They look identical right?  But they are NOT the same part.  99% of the time you cannot tell just by looking at a part online if it’s the right part.  There could be small variations in the part like the inlet size or whether it’s natural gas or liquid propane that you don’t know without having your make and model number.

Another important factor is when your restaurant equipment was made.  There are a lot of part changes by equipment manufacturers through the years, but they may not change their model number on their equipment.  A great example would be a gas safety on a oven.  If your oven was made before 1993, it could have a totally different part in it.  After 1993, it could use a solid state part that replaces the old part.  Other components could have been changed to accommodate the new part.

IMG_1427Buying the wrong part causes a head ache for both the buyer, and the supplier.  The buyer needs the part desperately, usually because a vital piece of equipment is down, and they don’t have the capital to just go out and buy new equipment, especially when times are hard, am I right?   Sure they can borrow money to buy equipment, but that effects the over all overhead of the business.   The supplier then has to help facilitate a return, which takes man hours to process return paperwork, and in some cases, shipping costs to send the part back to the supplier.

So how do you find your model number on your equipment?  Glad you asked.  Here is a link to a previous post of ours that will give you the location on most equipment that the model number would be found.

At Western Equipment Sales, we try our best to help you find the right part, the FIRST TIME, so that you’re not left guessing when it comes to ordering the right part, and getting your equipment up and running so you can have a fully functioning kitchen.

Call us at 866-585-6978 for help finding the right parts for your equipment.

Restaurant Parts, Equipment, and Smallwares.

Currently on Deck: Paderno World Cuisine!

Paderno World Cuisine LogoWe are very excited to announce that our next manufacturer we will be adding to Western Equipment Sales is Paderno World Cuisine, a very high end maker of cookware and kitchen supplies.  The majority of their products are made in Italy, and consist of the highest quality aluminum, stainless steel, and materials.

These pans and pots are built to last a lifetime.  We will be creating a little product demo video in the coming weeks showing you how well these pans cook food, and get feedback from great home cooks who take their cookware seriously.

We purchased two frying pans that retail for $219 each, and we are giving them to two of the owners in the company to try out.  Below are a few pictures I snapped with my iPhone showing you the quality of the pans.  Just from picking one up, you can tell it’s made well, extremely durable, and built to last.

Make sure you check in at Western Equipment Sales for special deals, pricing and the complete line of Paderno World Cuisine.

Your Friends in Food Service,
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College Kitchen Survival Check List

College BoundWe know the start of a new school year is knocking at the door, and with millions of students heading to college for the first time, and many returning to a less than equipped kitchen, we thought we would write a short article outlining the necessities every college student needs to have a powerhouse kitchen on a budget.

Why buy from a Restaurant Supply Store?

Simply put, when you go out to eat that gourmet meal, do you think the cook used a $300 brass frying pan from William Sonoma, or a commercial quality NSF approved pan that cost $30?  When it comes to stocking your kitchen with the right supplies, you don’t need as much as you think, and you don’t have to spend as much as you expect.

The List

Now that we have made our case for buying from a supply store, here is your check list of basic elements you should have in your college kitchen.  If you’re in a dorm, we have a few extra things to make sure you can cook like a pro in that co-inhabited 5×5 room.

College-Survival-BundleWe’ve made it easy to buy most of these items together on our site.  You can add the single burner and blender as options.  Buy the College Kitchen Survival Bundle for only $125 on Western Equipment Sales, which includes:

1.  One Medium Mixing Bowl  – Cost $3.20

You only need one mixing bowl, and lets face it,
the chance of it being dropped is probable, which is why we
recommend your basic stainless bowl.  Easy to clean, light weight,
And durable. Oh and did we mention cheap?

2.  10″ Nonstick Frying Pan – Cost $28.90

With limited sink/cleaning space, a non-stick pan is a must.  10″ is big
enough for you to cook for up to 2 people, and it’s big enough for those protein packed omelets you’ll want to eat before test day.

3.  8″ Chef’s Knife – Cost $12.70

You only really need two knives in college, a paring and chef’s knife.  This bad boy will stay sharp for you just like it does for the pros.  And it’s NSF approved so you know it’s going to be a sanitary knife in your college kitchen.

4.  Digital Thermometer – Cost $9.40

The worst thing to have in college is food poisoning, or a reputation for horrible cooking.  This cheap little tool will save you from experiencing either of those two in your college years.  Cooking meat to the right temp is crucial for producing perfect steak or chicken.

5.  9″ Utility Tongs – Cost $1.20

These tongs may be cheap, but they will get you places.  With tongs you can toss a salad, flip that steak or chicken, and turn those pieces of bacon.

6.  Plastic Serving/Stirring Spoon – Cost $1.00

You need this basic tool for the majority of your cooking, including stirring that Mac n’ Cheese.

7.  Plastic Slotted Serving/Stirring Spoon – Cost $1.00

This is great to have if you are cooking vegetables, or need a spoon for straining food out of a broth or soup.  Trust us you’ll use it.

8.  Nylon Spatula – Cost $1.00

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Need I say more?

9.  Paring Knife – Cost $4.80

This comes in handy for skinning or peeling fruit, quartering an apple, or slicing banana’s over your lucky charms.

10.  4″ Pizza Cutter – Cost $5.60

You and I both know that you’ll eat your share of pizza in college.  While most of it might be take out, you’ll cook up a pizza or two in your 4 years.  And if you are in a house or apartment, you definitely need this tool.

11.  Single Burner Range – Cost $90

Without this piece of equipment, you can’t cook in your dorm.  If you aren’t in a dorm, this might not be necessary.  But if you want to impress your first college boy or girlfriend and cook them dinner, this is a must have.

12.  Bar Blender – Cost $68.80

I know what you’re thinking.  Why would I want a blender at college?  Let me list off a few uses:  Margaritas, smoothies (for those quick breakfasts), salsas, and did we mention margaritas?  You’ll want this inexpensive piece of equipment in your dorm or college apartment.  Your roommates will thank you.

13.  Cutting Board – Cost $8.90

How are you going to show off your chef knife skills without a cutting board?  Oh and using a plastic NSF certified board will make sure there is no bacteria hiding away in your cutting board.

14.  Medium Sauce Pan – Cost $15.00

This is what you’ll use to make your pasta, mac n’ cheese, and delicious dorm room fondue.  One medium sauce pan is all you need in your dorm room area.  With commercial cookware, you can always expand your arsenal later; and it all matches!  If you are worried about burning your hands, pick up a $7 Cool Handle.  And you’ll need a $4.80 sauce pan lid.

15.  Measuring Cups and Spoons – Cost $7.00

We rolled these two items together even though you can buy them separately.  You’ll need these to measure out everything from herbs and spices, to ingredients in your Mac n’ Cheese.  (I keep mentioning Mac n’ cheese because I ate that for lunch.)

16.  Can Opener – Cost $8.80

Without this small tool, you couldn’t eat half of college’s wonderful food, like spagettio’s, ravioli, and green beans!  Oh yeah and soups.

17.  Vegetable Peeler – Cost $1.40

You’ll love using this to shave your legs when you run out of razors before a date.  Just kidding please don’t do that.  Use this for all your carrots, apples, and other great foods you hate the skin on.

18.  Mini Bottle Opener – Cost $1.20

I put this in because lets face it, you’re going to need a cold one when you’re studying or watching the football games with your friends.

19.  Colander – Cost $6.40

You’ll need this to finish off your pastas, rinse salads and clean vegetables.

Other Equipment You’ll Need but can Buy Cheap Anywhere

A Microwave – We figured you can get one for $60 at Wal-Mart, or $30 off of Craigslist.
Mini Fridge – Again, you can find these for really cheap at Wal-Mart, or Costco.

We hope that this list of items all packaged together for one price and shipped straight to your address will save you time and money on your hunt for the equipment needed to make your college experience the best one possible!

Your friends,
Western Equipment Sales Team

You can find all of these products individually on our site by clicking on the images or links.  But we recommend buying them all together for increased savings.