Hood filters may not be the most exciting thing in your kitchen, but it's one of the most important restaurant parts that should be under your watch. The primary purpose of your hood filter is to filter the grease out of your smoke during the cooking process. Did you know that failure to unfilter this smoke could build up over time and put you at risk for a major fire? Don't put your restaurant at risk with a grease fire—stock up on commercial hood filters today.
Types of Commercial Hood Filters
At Tundra Restaurant Supply, we carry a diverse selection of hood filters to meet your needs. Hood filters are commonly made out of the following types of metal:
- Galvanized - A low-cost option, galvanized hood filters are typically restricted to the back of the house because they have a dull appearance.
- Aluminum - Great for those looking for a value-driven option, aluminum hood filters offer the same sheen as its stainless steel counterparts, but they are prone to corrosion and will have to be replaced more often.
- Stainless Steel - Durable and aesthetically pleasing, stainless steel hood filters look nice in open kitchen concepts. Though you might pay a little more up front, stainless steel hood filters are less prone to corrosion than their aluminum counterparts.
Hood Filter Ordering and Maintenance
Sizing your hood filter correctly is the first step in outfitting your kitchen. 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 correctly-sized hood filter for you is 19½'' tall by 19½'' wide.
The best way to maximize the life of your commercial hood filter is to clean them daily to remove grease and other particles. Those with high temperature dish washers can make cleaning a breeze by running the hood filter directly in the dishwasher—just be sure to never use bleach or any type of chemical to clean a hood filter (this will shorten its life!). Failure to clean hood filters properly (think soap and water) could put your kitchen at serious risk for a fire.