Hood filters, also known as “grease filters,” are one of the most important items in your commercial kitchen. The primary purpose of your hood filter is to filter the grease out of your smoke during the cooking process. And this is an important job because failure to filter this smoke over time could put you at risk for a major fire. Additionally, if you have wood or charcoal-burning appliances, you need spark arrestor hood filters to make sure no sparks or embers make their way into your ventilation duct.
TYPES OF COMMERCIAL HOOD FILTERS
At TundraFMP Restaurant Supply, we carry a diverse selection of hood filters to meet your needs. Here are the most common types:
· Galvanized hood filters – A low-cost option, galvanized hood filters may not be the most stylish but they get the job done all the same.
· Aluminum hood filters – This value-driven option offers the same sheen as its stainless steel counterpart, but aluminum is prone to corrosion and will have to be replaced more often.
· Stainless steel hood filters - Durable and aesthetically pleasing, stainless steel hood filters are great for open kitchen concepts. Though you may pay more up front, stainless steel lasts.
HOOD FILTER SIZING AND MAINTENANCE
Sizing your hood filter correctly is the first step. Hood filters are often sized ½-inch smaller in the horizontal and vertical dimensions; so for example, if your hood opening is 20'' by 20'', the correct size hood filter for you is 19½'' tall by 19½'' wide.
Now for maintenance. The best way to maximize the life of your commercial hood filters is simple: Daily cleaning. You can put your hood filters right in your high temperature dishwasher. Just be sure never to use bleach or any other type of chemical on them.
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