Pizza operations typically utilize deck or conveyor ovens. When producing Neapolitan pizza, though, operators turn to wood-fired ovens. All three ovens operate in vastly different ways.
Convection ovens are great for baking cookies, crusty breads and other baked goods, along with potatoes, casseroles and more. As relatively simple units, many of the tips for keeping convection ovens working well should be common sense to experienced operators.
For cook lines with limited space, combi ovens take the place of multiple pieces of equipment, including convection ovens and steamers. These units also can replace cook and hold cabinets, proofers or slow cookers when used at low-heat settings.
Commercial kitchens rely on speed and consistency in the cook line, and convection ovens help achieve these goals. This equipment evenly cooks food using a fan to circulate dry heat at high velocities.
In pizza operations, deck ovens provide results similar to wood-fired ovens when creating traditional thin crust pies. After about an hour of preheating, these units’ decks, where staff place the pizzas to cook, can maintain temperatures as high as 700 degrees F using either gas or electricity. Deck ovens generally cook pizzas in approximately five minutes.
Wood-fired ovens come in many different configurations to meet a variety of production requirements.
Ventech Condensation Hoods
Ventech line of condensation hoods that works with select Combitherm combi ovens made by Alto-Shaam. Ventech PLUS features a HEPA filter along with condensation technology to capture and filter smoke-related vapor, grease and steam generated in the cooking process. These hoods can be factory or field installed.
SC-300 Electric Smoker
Southern Pride BBQ Pits and Smokers
The SC-300 electric smokers smoke, roast and serve as holding ovens. Dual wood chip boxes are located on the left and right side of the smoker. An optional steam system replaces the right smoke element in the cabinet. Operators can turn the smoke elements, or the smoke and steam element, on or off independently.
When to Replace a Steam-Jacketed Kettle
Steam-jacketed kettles can last as long as 20 years, depending on usage and care. But here are a four signs that it may be time to replace a kettle.
When to Replace a Commercial Range
There are situations in which operators should consider replacing an existing range or adding a new unit to their kitchen.