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Beware of the Off-Brand Fryer: A Cheap Fryer Buyer’s Guide

Alright people, listen up.  We have been getting a lot of requests for help converting some “off-brand” fryers out there, and I wanted to warn those of you who are thinking about buying one and converting them.   These “throw away” fryers are saturating the market due to their incredibly low prices, and big box food equipment site offerings, which give it a lot of visibility.

Is there anything wrong with an inexpensive piece of food service equipment?  ABSOLUTELY NOT.  But if it comes at the expense of no parts support, and little to no product support, then YES.  Here is a list of what we feel are acceptable good buy fryers at a great price, that have solid manufacturer support behind them when you need help.

Good Quality Fryers with Manufacturer Parts Support

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American Range makes a great entry level Fryer in their AF-35/40 or (AF-40).  It’s a two tube burner fryer with a 40lb. capacity.  You can buy this unit for around $799-$950 most places, depends on shipping costs (on our website too.  American Range AF-40 Deep Fryer)  They have great parts support, and you can buy this brand with confidence.

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Pitco / Friolator is by far the leader in commercial frying equipment, and rightly so.  Their parts support, diagrams, and expert technical advice make it very easy to convert from NAT to LP, and the other way around.  You can find a decent 3 burner Pitco used for around $500.

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Vulcan is another big name in the industry that has a great part support behind it.  Definitely a safe buy, whether it’s new or used.

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Frymaster is a fryer giant in the industry,  they have superior part support as well for any issues that may arise.  And yes, they have conversion kits for their fryers, among other parts.

Words to the Wise

A good rule of thumb is if it’s not a well known brand, there probably won’t be good part support, which usually equals no ability to convert the fryer.

If you need help with your fryer, or would like to buy a good quality fryer at a great price, give us a call at Western Equipment Sales.  We would love to come along side and partner with you and your food service establishment.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Exhaust Fan Grease Containment, Do You Really Need It? Answer: Yes

Example of a exhaust fan grease catcher that isn't maintained.
Example of a exhaust fan grease catcher that isn’t maintained.

Simply put most restaurant owners forget about the roof top equipment until it causes a problem. Sometimes those problems are simple like a broken or loose exhaust fan drive belt.  However sometimes those problems can cost a bunch of money like a HVAC system compressor or a new roof.

That’s right I said a new roof.   Or at least some serious cleaning and repairs due to the  grease that has overflowed the grease drip pan on your exhaust fan.   The standard drip pan is not that big and it does not have any media to absorb grease. The result is often an overflowing pan that is leaking onto the roof, I see it ALL the time.

Example of a good  hydrophobic grease catcher.
Example of a good hydrophobic grease catcher.

The answer is to invest in a roof top grease containment system. There are several choices but the good choices include a system with hydrophobic grease absorbing media.   Hydrophobic means that the media does not absorb water, so when it rains the media does not get waterlogged. However the media is designed to absorb grease and hold onto it even when it rains.   The result is that the grease from the exhaust fan is contained and allowed to run onto the roof causing damage.

There is a second part to the answer that can not be overlooked. A routine trip to the roof to inspect and replace the hydrophobic media.  Even though the media can hold more grease than the standard grease pan it still has a limit to its capability.  If you don’t maintain the system it will fail.

So spend a few bucks now and a few minutes every few months and save your roof and your wallet.  If you don’t want to take the time to climb your roof every couple of months and do the inspection yourself, or if you don’t know what you’re looking for, give Western Equipment Sales in Kennewick, WA a call.  They will give you a quick estimate, and send someone out to look at it for you, and if needed, provide some great suggestions on ways to take preventative steps against roof damage and proper grease containment.

WES-ContractingIf you are in the Columbia Basin Area of Washington State and are interested in a grease catching system or inspection estimate, Call 1-866-585-6978 and press 3 for general contracting.  Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm PST.

Here are some examples of other grease catchers that are either home made, or custom fitted that don’t necessarily work properly.

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Learn about the Foodservice Industry with Vollrath University

Being fairly new to the restaurant and food service industry myself, I have quickly found that the best way to learn is to self-educate.  There are not very many resources out there aside of good old fashioned catalog reading and product self-educating.  Where does one start on their food service education journey? 

catalogsvollrath catalogWhile browsing through my wall of catalogs, I stumbled upon the Vollrath catalog.  Vollrath has built a brand reputable for having the highest quality goods and equipment in the industry.  But they don’t just offer great products, they have shown they care about the knowledge level of industry professionals by creating VollrathUniversity, a online educational website geared to teach both professionals and newbies like myself the ways of the industry.  Do they get to plug their equipment?  Of course.  But is that such a bad thing when their products are widely used across the world in commercial kitchens?

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What Vollrath has done is taken something like education and used it as a very effective marketing vessel.  I didn’t major in marketing, but I’m sure there is a term for this type of marketing, and it definitely is effective.  So effective that I’m writing about it to share with you all.

We have decided to unofficially endorse this education method for those who are curious about the food service industry and would like to learn more about it.  We will be posting their educational content periodically on our site (Citing our sources of course) to help you find the content.  Like what you found there?  Let us know if this blog was helpful for your search in restaurant industry education.

In the huge sea of restaurant equipment, parts, and small wares, you can learn and educate yourself into a competent member of the food service industry.

Restaurant Parts, Equipment, and Smallwares.
Restaurant Parts, Equipment, and Smallwares.

For over 12,000 restaurant equipment parts, visit us online at http://www.westernequipmentsales.com.