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Happy New Year from Western Equipment Sales
It’s been a long productive year for us here at Western Equipment Sales. From new employee’s, new websites, to new restaurants built and hoods installed, we wanted to offer you a happy new year and here’s to a very successful 2014! Here’s a little summary of everything we did this year:
We successfully switched to a new website design in May 2013, and will be launching a completely new design in January 2014:
We have completely revamped our current blog site, so it’s more user friendly and easy on the eyes! If you haven’t subscribed you should, as we will be posting regularly starting in 2014.
We built and finished Italiano’s Serious Pies and Pasta in West Richland, WA. You can watch a video walkthrough and see pictures of the install here.
We installed custom stainless countertops, sinks, and a dishwasher at Redeemer Lutheran in Richland, WA.
We installed a New Hood System at Yokes in Pasco, WA
Read about it here:
We also helped renovate and update the Kennewick Rotary Club’s Fair booth:
Yes we have had quite the productive year, there are many other jobs we completed that we don’t have room for, but lets just say we are looking to expand our reach in 2014. We have a new website cooking in the oven and we are excited to roll it out in 2014.
From all of us here at Western Equipment Sales, to all of you, have a safe and very happy new year in 2014!
Your Western Equipment Sales Team.
Currently on Deck: Paderno World Cuisine!
We 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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A little update on our job for the Rotary Club Fair Concession Booth
We have successfully refurbished, renovated, and face lifted the rotary clubs two vital pieces of equipment for funnel cakes; their mixer, and their dough roller and conveyor belt system. Here is a little demo video on the newly renovated dough roller!
Exhaust Fan Grease Containment, Do You Really Need It? Answer: Yes
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.
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.
If 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.
- Grease Blockage Is Cause Of Sewer Spill (wctv.tv)
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?
While 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?
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.
For over 12,000 restaurant equipment parts, visit us online at http://www.westernequipmentsales.com.
How to Convert A Deep Fryer to Propane
Converting a deep fryer to propane, is a question we see a lot during this time of year, when everyone is thinking about mobilizing their restaurant equipment for fair season. So we thought we would offer up some friendly advice.
Propane has more energy per cubic foot than Natural Gas, in fact it has about 2.44 times more energy per Cu. Ft. Using a fryer that is set-up for Natural Gas with Propane gas is very dangerous and should not be attempted. To better understand the significant difference between Propane and Natural Ga, please visit Propane 101.
Disclaimer: We highly recommend you consult a professional technician when attempting to convert any equipment over from natural gas to propane, or the other way around. Contact your local restaurant licensed, qualified restaurant equipment technician.
There are three items that need to be changed when converting a fryer:
1) burner orifices.
2) gas valve regulator.
3) pilot orifice.
A few manufacturers like Frymaster and Pitco provide a “kit” with all of the required items. Most manufactures require you to purchase all of the items separately.
If you have a popular Pitco Model 14 and you are converting from Natural Gas to LP then you would use kit B751008. (Note: If you have any letters after your 14 model, it may require different kit. Please call us at 866-585-6978 to make sure you order the correct kit.)
If you have a common American Range model AF-45 and you are converting from Natural Gas to LP you would need to buy separate items: Valve Conversion (RSW), Burner Orifices (3 or 4), depending on your BTU’s) and a Pilot Orifice.
Changing the parts is not all that difficult. Ensuring the proper gas pressure requires some special equipment and knowledge that most people do not have, so we do recommend consulting a restaurant equipment professional.
If you are planning on doing this type of conversion, feel free to give the sales guys over at Western Equipment Sales a call at 866-585-6978, and they can help you get the right parts for the job.
How to Locate The Make Model and Serial Number of your Restaurant Equipment
Finding part numbers can be a pain in the butt. Have you been wondering where to look for your make, or model number for your equipment? Look no further. The below table will provide you with everything you need to find that crucial piece of information necessary to find replacement parts.
|Manufacturer||Where to Find it:
|Alto Shaam||Front panel or on back by cord|
|Amana||Inside cavity or side panel or back left hand side|
|APW Toasters||Bottom of front control panel|
|APW Counter Top||Back by cord|
|Wyott||Back or side panels|
|Wyott Electric Units||Where cord comes out|
|Wyott Gas Units||Under front panel|
|Anets||Inside of front door|
|AJ Antunes||Side panel or by power cord|
|Baker’s Aid||Inside control panel left side|
|Bakers Pride||Front burner cover or front panel|
|Bakers Pride Deck Oven||Front face of control panel|
|Bakers Pride Char Broiler||Under the grease panel|
|Bakers Pride Counter Top||In rear by plug|
|Berkel||Front by on/off switch|
|Beverage Air||Inside box, upper left corner|
|Blickman||Front of control panel|
|Blodgett||Above selector switch, above door or on burner cover|
|Blodgett Deck Oven||Inside burner compartment|
|Blodgett Conveyor Oven||Under conveyor or rear of control box|
|Blodgett Convection Oven||Top of control panel under ledge|
|Bloomfield||Back panel or front control panel under brew basket|
|Bunn||Behind funnel, front panel under brew basket|
|Bunn Urns||On back|
|Bunn Pourover||On back bottom right side|
|Carter Hoffmann||Bottom of back- left side|
|Cecilware||On the back by the power source|
|Champion||By the control panel on the side|
|Cleveland||Front door or left side panel|
|Cleveland Convection||Front between cabinets and the top|
|Cleveland Kettles||Back of control box|
|Cleveland Skillets||Inside front panel|
|Comstock-Castle||Front door or burner panel, front panel in firebox|
|Connolly Roll-A-Grill||Back panel|
|Cres Cor||Front of heating unit or back upper right hand corner|
|Crystal Tips||Inside front cover left or right side|
|CTX||Below left conveyor|
|Dean||Back of front door|
|Delfield||On the coil in the condensing unit|
|Dito Dean||Back side or front panel|
|Duke Steamer||On front of body of well|
|Duke Ovens||Bottom pull-out of unit on front panel|
|Eagle/Metal Masters||Back by cord|
|Ember Glo||Back of unit on plate|
|Everpure||On filter cartridge|
|Follett||On right side panel or front panel|
|Frymaster||Back of front door|
|Garland Range||Behind front kick panel right hand side|
|Garland Convection Oven||Behind combustion chamber panel|
|Garland Half Size Convection||Inside control panel|
|Globe||Front by on/off switch|
|Groen||Front door or back panel|
|Groen Kettle||On control panel box on back of kettle|
|Hamilton Beach||Bottom back side housing when plug comes out|
|Hatco Boosters||Front bottom base of unit|
|Hatco Toasters||Front by switches|
|Hatco Warmers||By toggle or infinite switch|
|Henny Penny Fryers||Back of front door|
|Henny Penny Warmers||Right hand side panel|
|Hoshizaki||Behind front panel by compressor|
|In-Sink-Erator||Motor or control panel|
|International Cold Storage||Door jam hinge side|
|Imperial Fryer||Inside front door|
|Imperial Range||Inside kick plate|
|Jackson||Upper right side|
|Jet Spray||Under drip tray or behind side air filter|
|Keating Fryers||Back side or front door|
|Keating Grills||Front panel or grease drawer|
|Lang Ovens||Above control panel behind screen to left|
|Lincoln||Left panel behind conveyor on back side of control panel|
|Magikitchn||Front panel, left side cover|
|Manitowoc||Back panel or behind front panel left side|
|Market Forge||Door frame of cabinet|
|Marshall Air||By power switch or supply|
|McCall||Inside box left hand wall towards top|
|Middleby Marshall||Under middle conveyor door|
|Montague||Left side bottom under kick plate|
|Nieco||Control panel, right hand side|
|Norlake||Door frame, top of door|
|Nu-Vu||Side panel of control side top or bottom|
|Perlick||Left inside top corner|
|Pitco||Back of front door|
|Prince Castle||Control panel|
|Ram||Right hand side near top front panel|
|Rational||Side of oven on plate|
|Randell||Under condensing unit or door frame or interior walls|
|Remcor||Right side panel|
|Robot Coupe||Front plate|
|Salvajor||Motor or control panel|
|Sani-Serv||Back panel or under drip tray|
|Savory||Back panel, by power cord, some inside by motor|
|Merco||Outside by switch|
|Scotsman||Control panel or left side on back|
|Silver King||Inside door panel or inside or wall|
|South Bend 1300 Series||Under kick panel, left|
|South Bend 300 Series||Under kick panel, side|
|South Bend R-Series||Back right hand, lower|
|South Bend G-Series||Remove control panel, inside|
|South Bend X-Series||On top of unit|
|Star Electric Units||Back by cord or bottom|
|Star Gas Units||Behind cover for pilots or burners|
|Taylor||Front or back panel|
|Toastmaster||Front or back panel|
|Traulsen||Inside right top back corner|
|True Manufacturing||Inside box, left cabinet wall|
|U.S. Range||Behind kick plate or on right side of unit|
|Victory||Inside box, left wall upper|
|Vulcan Range||Behind kick plate|
|Vulcan Oven||Top behind door latch|
|Vulcan Fryers||Behind door|
|Wells||By control knob of unit|
|Winston||Right hand side, bottom toward front panel|
|Wolf||Under kick plate, left side|
|World Dryer||Front panel|