Perhaps the main item of every set of commercial kitchen equipment is the unit combining an oven and a burner range. You need burners for preparing all kinds of dishes from scrambled eggs and pancakes to lightly cooked vegetables and meats. That is why you have to choose wisely when you go shopping for appliances for your kitchen.
How Many Burners?
This is big question that gives many business owners a headache. It is true that you can always buy an additional burner range, but connecting it to the respective power supply and making a special place for it are fairly difficult tasks. For this reason, it is a good idea to consider some important factors that will allow you to get the number right the first time around.
Consider the size of your business operations, the number of people that you can expect to cook for and your menu. The larger your restaurant or catering business is the greater the number of burners that you need is and vice versa. Pay special attention to the menu that you have set up. Check how many of the dishes and ingredients have to be prepared with the use of burners. A restaurant offering stir fries and/or dishes with sauces will need more burners than one that offers pizza, for instance.
Most kitchen equipment units with burner ranges have 4 or 6 burners. The latter option is often recommended for medium-sized restaurants and for small ones which are very busy.
Gas vs. Electric Burners
Gas burners have a number of advantages that you need to take into account. They heat up instantly so you can start cooking right away. The heat spreads evenly and this allows for even cooking of all the ingredients.
Perhaps the main advantage of gas burners is that they are more energy efficient. If you choose en electric piece of commercial kitchen equipment of this type, you can expect very high energy bills. Generally, even if you have firmly decided to go for a gas burner range, you need to make sure that the appliance is energy efficient. Most of the newer gas models are around 40 per cent more energy efficient than their traditional counterparts.
There are a number of main rules to keep when it comes to buying commercial kitchen equipment and a burner range, in particular. Go for a product from a top brand that offers excellent quality. Ensure that you get a warranty for the appliance. Check to see if professional installation is available to ensure safe operation of the appliance.