Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Hoods for Convection Ovens
Convection ovens are becoming more and more popular in restaurant kitchens. The option of a convection oven as opposed to a traditional type of range oven will allow for faster oven cooking and more even results, which is great for the fast paced restaurant business. This type of oven requires the use of a commercial hood for venting the heat and exhaust. In fact, an entire commercial kitchen ventilation system should be in place that handles the exhaust and contaminants from all cooking appliances used. Specific rules apply in different towns and municipalities, and depending on whether an appliance is determined to be “light,” medium,” or heavy” duty in nature, varying rules and regulations may apply.
Some states, including California, will require disclosure regarding what types of foods are prepared in the convection oven. While a convection oven can be vented using a Type 2 commercial hood because it tends to give off less heat and smoke than other commercial kitchen appliances, there are some exceptions. These exceptions are related to the types of food prepared. Because foods prepared with animal fats will produce more smoke and grease, a Type 1 commercial vent hood is required. This type of hood removes heat, smoke, vapors, moisture, odors and grease particles from the kitchen air. A replacement make up air system will return fresh air from the outdoors to the kitchen, keeping it ventilated. A well-ventilated commercial kitchen has a much lower risk of serious health hazards or fire hazards.
If you’re planning on using a convection oven as a restaurant appliance, make sure that you have the right commercial kitchen ventilation equipment. This equipment should include the proper commercial hood, filters, exhaust fans, ductwork and replacement make up air system. Be sure that all components are regularly cleaned and inspected and kept in good working order. In addition, to ensure that all codes and specifications are adhered to, contact local code officials, health department inspectors and fire marshals for details about the requirements in your area.