If your kitchen cooks with solid fuels such as briquettes, hardwood, charcoal, and mesquite, then you likely know how dangerous these highly combustible materials can be. While they can increase the chances of suffering a kitchen fire, there are a few ways you can help counteract those risks. If you have questions, reach out to Hoodmart and we can help you brainstorm for your specific kitchen.
Use the right type of hood filter
If you use a spark arrestor hood filter, which is uniquely designed for use with solid fuels, it can help prevent sparks, flames, and embers from getting into the ductwork of your exhaust hood. Made out of a steel screen that’s then mounted to a baffle hood filter, these filters are required by the National Fire Protection Associations for all kitchens that cook with solid fuels.
Keep an eye on your ductwork
If grease builds up, you’ve got a serious fire hazard on your hands. The same is true of creosote, the byproduct that’s created when you burn wood. To mitigate this risk, make sure that you clean out your entire hood and duct system monthly, at the very list. You may also want to have it professionally inspected to make sure it’s up to the challenges you put it through.
Make sure you’re using the right ventilation system and that it’s balanced correctly
The NFPA 96-14 are very clear on what the ventilation guidelines are. Remember that these are minimums. Depending on your kitchen, you may need to exceed these minimums – and don’t forget to consider installation. You can buy the best restaurant equipment in the world but if it’s not installed correctly then it won’t do you much good.
Make sure you have a fire protection system
There are rules about the fire protection system you must create. For example, you’ll need a Class K or a 20A rated water spray fire extinguisher that’s kept no further than 20 feet from any appliance that uses solid fuel. Anywhere fuel is stored should have its own sprinkler system. In the event a fire does break out, we recommend a fire suppression system.
Keep your employees up to date
It’s necessary for management to understand how to prevent fires but it’s not enough – all employees should know the basics, like not using flammable liquids to light any appliance, and the basics on how to use a fire extinguisher.