The Different Types of Commercial Kitchen Hoods and Their Uses

Discover the different types of kitchen hoods, including Type 1 and Type 2, with the commerical kitchen exhaust experts at HoodMart!

When it comes to maintaining a safe and clean commercial kitchen environment, proper ventilation is essential. Commercial kitchen hoods play a crucial role in removing smoke, odors, grease-laden vapors, and other airborne contaminants, ensuring a comfortable and healthy workspace. HoodMart specializes in providing high-quality commercial kitchen hoods, including Type 1 and Type 2 hoods. In this article, we'll explore the differences between these two types and their specific uses.


Type 1 Hoods

Type 1 hoods, also known as grease hoods or canopy hoods, are primarily designed for kitchens where cooking appliances produce grease-laden vapors and smoke. These hoods are specifically tailored to capture and eliminate airborne grease particles generated during the cooking process. Type 1 hoods are typically used over equipment like griddles, deep fryers, ranges, and charbroilers.


Key features of Type 1 hoods:


  • Grease Filters: Type 1 hoods are equipped with specialized grease filters that capture grease-laden vapors and prevent them from entering the exhaust system. These filters require regular cleaning to ensure their effectiveness.


  • Make-up Air Supply: Type 1 hoods often include a make-up air supply system, which ensures proper air balance by replacing the air being exhausted. This helps maintain a comfortable and efficient kitchen environment.


  • Fire Suppression System Integration: Due to the high fire risk associated with grease-laden environments, Type 1 hoods are commonly integrated with fire suppression systems. These systems detect and extinguish grease fires, providing an added layer of safety.


Type 2 Hoods

Type 2 hoods, also referred to as condensate hoods or heat and steam hoods, are primarily used in kitchens where cooking appliances produce heat, steam, and moisture, rather than grease. These hoods are designed to remove heat, steam, and odors from the kitchen environment effectively. Type 2 hoods are typically used over equipment like steamers, ovens, dishwashers, and coffee machines.


Key features of Type 2 hoods:


  • Steam Removal: Type 2 hoods are specifically designed to capture and remove steam and heat generated by cooking equipment. They employ a combination of exhaust fans and ductwork to effectively ventilate the kitchen.


  • Air Circulation: Efficient air circulation within the kitchen is vital for maintaining a comfortable and productive workspace. Type 2 hoods often include an air recirculation system that helps distribute the treated air back into the kitchen.


  • Water Capture: Type 2 hoods primarily focus on removing steam and heat and include wire mesh filters and frames. Type 2 condensate hoods include full perimeter gutters to capture the water from steam.


By understanding the key differences between Type 1 and Type 2 hoods, you can make an informed decision based on your specific kitchen requirements. Whether you need to control grease, smoke, or steam, HoodMart offers a wide range of high-quality hoods to suit your needs.


Remember, proper installation, routine maintenance, and compliance with local regulations are essential for the effective and safe operation of kitchen hoods. If you have any further questions or require assistance in selecting the right hood for your kitchen, don't hesitate to reach out to HoodMart's knowledgeable team.