Buying Guide: Restaurant Hoods

72" hood

A restaurant hood system is easily one of the most crucial pieces of equipment you need for your location. It’s also one of the most expensive, so it’s key to understand the aspects of a hood, where hoods are needed, and other important hood-related aspects. Here are just a few things you should know about restaurant hoods, courtesy of One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment.

Restaurant hoods are attached to the ceiling of restaurant’s kitchens. They’re placed above hot cooking surfaces that produce hot air and smoke that need to be vented out. Restaurants that don’t perform and hot cooking, such as cafes and sub shops, do not require hoods. Pretty much every other kind of restaurant does.

Typically, a restaurant hood will have a fire suppression system built in, which is pretty terrific when you think about it. These systems, such as an Ansel system, will spray fire retardant material onto the cooking surfaces if the hood detects a fire. These fire suppression systems can also be activated manually. Normally, your restaurant will not be able to purchase fire insurance without the proper hood and fire suppression system. Also, the insurance company will most likely not pay out if your fire suppression system is out of date or has not passed inspection. Most locations have a minimum of one fire inspection per year. During these tests the pressure and level of fire suppressant is examined.

It’s essential that hood systems be regularly cleaned thoroughly. There are companies out there who specialize in cleaning hoods and selling cleaning equipment. These companies will clean the ducts and vent systems, not just the hood’s surface and filters.

If you are purchasing an existing restaurant, be sure that the hood system is up-to-date and has passed inspections.

When you’re in the market for a restaurant hood, head into One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment. We’re always getting in used restaurant hoods of varying sizes. Currently, we have in stock:

• 72″ low profile w/Ansel
• (2) – 8′ w/Ansel
• 12′ w/Ansel

All used restaurant hoods qualify for our easy financing program. Come in today and get that used restaurant hood you need!

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment

One Fat Frog • 2416 Sand Lake Road • Orlando, FL 32809 • 407-480-3409