In the landscape of restaurant equipment, attempting to select from the wide selection of commercial ranges can be, well, challenging. The variations of manufacturers and options are enough to make you feel deranged. So here are a few pointers to help you arrange your range.
First, it’s important to note that commercial ranges fall into two categories, heavy duty commercial ranges and restaurant duty commercial ranges. Heavy duty commercial ranges have larger gas valves, can be linked together for high volume kitchens, and built for more intense use. They require more energy output and cost more to purchase and to maintain. These machines are ideal for high-volume kitchens like cafeterias. Restaurant duty commercial ranges have BTU and power levels that are slightly lower than heavy duty models and cost less. While they are not built to withstand the intensity of a high-volume kitchen, they can easily accommodate the needs of most restaurants.
Commercial ranges have a wide price range depending on the options selected. Most professional kitchens choose open gas burners for their ability to deliver instantaneous heat and high-precision controls. Griddle tops and convection ovens can also be incorporated. Consider whether you need well seasoned or non-stick surfaces, manual controls for user-regulated temperature control or thermostatic controls for accuracy. Clean-up is made easier by grease troughs and removable top grates. We recommend individual pilot lights for each burner, and you will want to consider the BTU rating before making a final decision. If you choose a gas appliance, include in your purchase a new AGA commercial gas flex hose. Standard hoses are not designed for commercial applications. Finally, strange as it may be to put such a large piece of equipment on wheels, casters are a highly-valued feature of commercial ranges, as they make cleaning and service much easier. If your equipment is in use at an elevation above 2000 feet, be sure to alert your service contractor before you arrange for any maintenance calls.
Short Order proudly carries a wide selection of commercial ranges, including Vulcan Ranges, Wolf Ranges, Garland Ranges, and Stock Pot Ranges. Whether you need a standard oven, convection oven or space saver oven, many burners or just a few, griddle or no griddle, we have a combination of features that will fit your exact needs. If you and your current equipment are estranged, check out our selection of commercial ranges.