Want Fries With That? Pitco Fryers Can Handle It!



With low maintenance and cost of ownership, commercial frying equipment from Pitco has been a reliable and versatile leader in the industry for more than 80 years.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Pitco Solstice Series Fryers allow you to cook more product, more efficiently, with an improved operating environment featuring cooler flue temperatures. Each model in the Solstice series is the same depth front to back, so that you can easily order and build a standard battery of fries to meet your unique needs.

pitco-fryer-pit-35cs-2tPitco also designs for serviceability – they’ve reduced the number of parts, and the fryers are serviceable from the front. The filtering process improvements eliminate steps, so that fryers are easier to clean and return to service faster.

The Pitco 35C+S Gas Fryer is perfect for places that serve smaller items, like appetizers, for quick batch cooking and serving. It features stainless steel construction and a welded tank with an extra smooth peened finish for easy cleaning. At 90,000 BTUs this fryer uses long lasting, high temperature alloy stainless steel heat baffles mounted in the heat exchanger tubes for maximum heating efficiency and combustion. It also features a millivolt thermostat to maintain the selected temperature automatically between 200oF (93oC) and 400oF (190oC).

pitco-fryer-pitc-sg18s-2tFor larger frying needs, Pitco Solstice Fryers are available in up to a 90lb gas fryer size. The Pitco SG18S 90lb Gas Fryer features a dependable blower free atmospheric heating system for fast recovery. The Solstice gas fryer comes standard with a millivolt thermostat with a thermo-safety pilot, high temperature safety limit switch.

The unique Solstice burner and baffle design increases cooking production, lowers flue temperature, and improves the working environment.

Take a look at all of the Pitco models that Burkett Restaurant Equipment has available! Many are available to Quick Ship within 3 business days.

International Tableware Offers More than Just Tableware


International Tableware (ITI) is reliable and direct source for high quality tableware, but they make more than just tableware. ITI creates a variety of innovative, quality products that help to fulfill the needs of each and every customer, and Burkett Restaurant Equipment is proud to provide you with a full line of ITI products.

One of the most popular of these lines are ITI glasses. These glassware items are attractive and strong, and can stand up to daily use in the busiest of commercial environments or catering events. Whether you’re looking for shot glasses, goblets, rocks glasses, cordials, Irish mugs, or juice glasses, International Tableware has the glasses that will meet your needs.

iti-mixing-glassBecause we know you value your investments, Burkett Restaurant Equipment invites you to consider these tips from ITI that will help to reduce potential damage to your glassware:

  1. Thermal Shock – Thermal shock can occur when glassware is subjected to a sudden temperature change (either hot or cold) and it can cause enough stress to result in breakage. To avoid possible thermal shock, glassware should always be returned to room temperature before it is used again.
  1. Mechanical Shock – Breakage or chipping due to mechanical shock is typically the result of sharp contact with another solid object (this can include a countertop, another glass, dinnerware, or flatware). It is not uncommon for mechanical shock to create a minor crack in the glassware. This glass item becomes more susceptible to breakage whenever it encounters mechanical shock, or a thermal shock. The best way to avoid mechanical shock to your ITI glassware is to avoid placing flatware into a glass, and avoid nesting glasses together unless they are specifically made for stacking.
  2. Breakage – Stacking glasses causes unnecessary stress on these pieces, so don’t stack pieces to avoid breakage, scratches, chips, or cracks. Look into getting a glass rack for extra space and organization if needed.

Keeping these tips in mind can help keep your glassware in good working condition. With proper care and handling, your business can avoid common glassware problems. For more ITI products, head over to the Burkett Restaurant Equipment website.

Embrace Versatility at Your Next Catering Event with a Star Sandwich Grill


Commercial sandwich grills have a home in many food service businesses. They are used at any time of day for any number of menu items. With features such as varying grilling space height, adjustable temperature, and easy cleanup, a sandwich grill is a good choice to add to your kitchen. Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers the Star brand of sandwich grills, known for quality and reliability in the food industry. With options such as aluminum or iron plates, single or double grill, Star offers countless sandwich grills that will fit with your business’s needs.

star-sandwich-double-grillThe Star GX20IG Sandwich Grill is a split-top unit constructed of 20-gauge stainless steel. It has heavy-duty grooved cast iron plates that can accommodate up to three inches of food. This amazing design provides longevity and superior performance to meet all of your menu requirements, including sandwiches, tortillas, wraps, steaks, chicken, fish, and more!

The thermostat of the Star GX20IG is rated from 175°F to 450°F and it provides accurate sensing of temperature. Embedded elements located in the cast iron plates means superior heat distribution and fast recovery. This sandwich grill has a reliable hinge system which provides effortless operation and it is designed for even pressure on both sides of the product for consistent heating and searing of your chosen food products.

The bottom plate has a patented ¾ inch splash guard corral which offers maximum protection against grease spills. A removable grease trough allows for easy clean-up. A heavy gauge, water resistant, and flexible plastic conduit protects electrical connections, and a large heat resistant handle means safe operation.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment is proud to offer the Star GX20IG Sandwich Grill and a wide variety of other Star Sandwich Grills. A good sandwich grill is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to add to your kitchen for your guests.

Let Them Have Soup with the Star Food Warmer


Star Manufacturing prides itself on creating high-quality, reliable, and durable commercial kitchen equipment since 1921. They are a popular choice among U.S. stadiums and arenas, as well as among those in the catering industry.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment sells a number of Star Manufacturing products from ovens to griddles, and from hot plates to popcorn machines. One of their most popular food warmers is the Star 4RW-4H 4 Qt. Round Food Warmer.

star-food-warmerThis food warmer is constructed of stainless steel and comes equipped with a hinged lid designed to contain heat and provide easy serving. It has wrap around heating elements with the highest wattage available, which helps to provides maximum heating for both refrigerated or frozen foods. This food warmer has an adjustable thermostat that holds food product at the temperature you de
sire and includes a Hi-limit thermostat which prevents overheating. Best of all, the Star Round Food Warmers keep your food at the right temperatures until you’re ready to serve them, and it does so without taking up a lot of counter space. This amazing food warmer can effectively keep a variety of food products warm including chili, gravy, hot fudge, and – of course – soup! At such a low cost, these can be added in multiples and do not take up much counter space.

Burkett Restaurant also sells additional specialty items like the Star Spout and Pump Warmers and Star Well Warmers that are perfect for warming sauces, cheese, or condiments. These warmers are great for outdoor arenas, ice rinks, and other places with colder or inconsistent temperatures. The product will dispense correctly and at a safe temperature for your guest to consume, each and every time.

Consider a food warmer as your next purchase and addition to your business. These great items will add variety to your menu, and offer more options for your guests.

How is climate change transforming commercial refrigeration?


Addressing the effects of climate change is a top priority for The U.S. Department of Energy. Record heat puts the Earth at a higher risk of more intense and frequent weather events such as droughts, wildfires, and floods. Global warming has been linked with greenhouse gases used as cooling agents in commercial refrigeration, namely hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). While President Obama’s Clean Air Act is phasing out HFCs, they continue to be the most prominent greenhouse gas present during testing.

Normal climate changes are caused naturally, but in recent decades, human activities have been the likely cause of warming, mostly due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Regulating energy efficiency in commercial refrigeration is one way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution linked to ozone damage. Commercial refrigerators generally must be kept cold constantly, consuming large amounts of power and generating emissions on a daily basis.

The Energy Department has proclaimed appliance efficiency a top priority. Therefore, to counteract these emissions, the government will begin regulating the way refrigeration can be produced and sold. To stay within the Clean Air Act guidelines, manufacturers have the option of using the hydrocarbon refrigerant known as R290. R290 is a refined blend of propane, a naturally-occurring compound. The explosive nature of propane is a big concern; therefore it is advised not to use open flames when working with R290. However, the results of an ignition risk assessment study of a R290 refrigerant leak revealed the probability of an explosion is less than 0.001%.

In the end, hydrocarbon refrigerants like R290 mean more efficient, environmentally conscious, commercial equipment. The new alternative is safe for operators and will decrease emissions of ozone-depleting substances in the years to come. Manufacturers in the U.S. have already started using the new alternatives in applications such as refrigerators, freezers, bottle coolers, beverage dispensers, and dehumidifiers. Time and future testing will tell us know how much safer it really is.

Keep Your Customers Cool With Frozen Beverage Machines










For many Americans, the days are getting hotter and hotter! The official start of summer is right around the corner and Burkett Restaurant Equipment knows that means your customers are coming into your establishments looking for all those cool, tasty frozen beverages.

Whether you’re a restaurant that serves frozen lemonade, a bar that has frozen cocktails, a convenience store that serves slushes, an ice cream establishment that has granita, or a café that provides their customers with frozen cappuccino, it’s important to have the reliable frozen drink beverage machines that will support your customer demand.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a wide variety of Frozen Drink Machines and Granita Slush MachinesDouble frozen drink dispenser

The Grindmaster 3312 Frozen Drink Machine, for example, is a great way for you to provide your customers with everything from sweet slushies to frozen cappuccinos to refreshing cocktails. It has a back-lit design and valves that illuminate. Both will grab the attention of your customers and invite them to make their frozen beverage selection. This model has reliable and consistent controls that means the unit will be fully functional under all operating conditions. It’s made from stainless steel and it includes a sturdy belt drive and an oversize motor that ensures the functionality of the freezer.


Double frozen granita dispenserThe Bunn ULTRA-2-0080 6 gal. Double Bowl Granita Slush Machine will also keep your customers feeling cool this summer. It includes a refrigeration system that internally monitors the unit so to ensure long-lasting performance. Its reverse auger design reduces air mixing and quickens freeze time. The touchpad display makes it simple to program and operate. The display will even help you with preventive maintenance and cleaning!

Contact one of our sales representatives with any questions or for assistance in selecting the best frozen beverage machine for your business! These versatile machines can bring in lots of revenue for a modest cost, try it for customers and expand your menu for year-round offerings.

Prevent a Meltdown – Helpful Refrigeration Maintenance Tips










Unfortunately, many who work in food services don’t think about maintaining their commercial kitchen equipment. This failure can often result in units breaking down more quickly, and expensive repairs. During the summer months, it could also mean having to throw away hundreds – or thousands – of dollars’ worth of food that melts or spoils on hot summer days. It’s important to have preventive maintenance measures in place for all of your kitchen equipment. In this article, Burkett Restaurant Equipment invites you to consider some particular tips for your commercial refrigerators. Following these suggestions this summer could save you a lot of headaches, and considerable money!

KEEP THEM CLEAN: Thoroughly clean your commercial refrigerators at least once a week (or more depending on usage). Clean inside and outside of each unit, using hot water and mild soap.Do not use any abrasive tools or harsh chemicals. Be sure you are never using water on electrical components! Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge.

NO MORE CLUTTER: Placing items around your refrigerators can block airflow. Develop a routine that checks to see if you have items around your unit and remove any furniture, debris, or storage items that may be causing blockage.

Commercial refrigeration blog post TRUE-TSD-69GINSPECT REGULARLY: Inspect all units for any signs of problems at least weekly. Are there any water leaks? Do you hear any excessive noise or strange sounds? Are there any broken hinges of fasteners? Do you see gaskets that won’t seal? Etc. This quick check can help you identify problems before they become big problems.

CALL IN A PRO:  Consult with a refrigeration service provider and ask them to check your units on a regular basis. Make sure they are addressing the following items:

  1. Checking refrigerant levels
  2. Checking lines for condensation
  3. Clearing drain lines of debris
  4. Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils
  5. Checking temperature and defrost settings
  6. Calibrating thermometers
  7. Cleaning fan blades
  8. Inspecting the fan motor
  9. Checking for air leaks through cracks, holes, and worn parts like gaskets and seals
  10. Checking for loose electrical connections
  11. Thoroughly cleaning all ice maker components
  12. Lubricating handles and door hinges

Portable Draft Beer Keg Coolers: Perfect for the Outdoors!










How do you plan to store and cool beer kegs during a concert or outdoor party? Keg coolers can be portable and provide great performance for parties, receptions, and more. Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries a variety of portable draft beer keg coolers, all of which are the perfect accessory for your outdoor events and catering! Two coolers that we suggest are from True Manufacturing, a leader in the refrigeration industry. 

keg cooler 1 keg black vinyl

The True TDD-1 Keg Cooler allows you to keep a keg of your customers’ favorite draft right in front of the bar. This beer dispenser is designed with enduring value and quality. It is made with the highest quality materials, and assures colder product temperatures and years of trouble-free service. This oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). With a stainless steel counter top and black vinyl exterior, this cooler not only looks great, but hides scratches and dents well.




The True TDD-1-S Keg Cooler from Burkett Restaurant Equipment lets you provide your customers with chilled-to-perfection brews. It also keeps your drafts fresh for long periods of time, all without reducing quality or taste. It is also an oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system that holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). Its interior features a stainless steel floor with 1/2″ (13 mm) reinforced lip, and heavy gauge galvanized steel walls. It is NSF-7 approved for bottled and packaged product. The cooler comes with an anodized aluminum glass rail on top that provides convenient storage for glasses.


Keg coolers are available in different materials and sizes, and finding the right one for you is easy with Burkett. Visit our website for the current selection, and contact a sales representative for more details or questions. Your guests deserve the coldest draft beer and fast service, so give them both with a draft keg cooler from True. 

How do you produce great tasting ice that battles bacteria?










There is some exciting new technology now available from Ice-O-Matic! The O3-Matic Ozone Delivery System is a groundbreaking sanitizing system that infuses ozone into the water of your ice machine. The O3-Matic works like this: the device attaches to the incoming water line and water flows through the device, where electrolysis creates the ozone directly in the water. That water is then frozen into the ice cube and the ice goes into the bin.

This ozone-infused ice has many benefits for both you and your customers! Ozone is FDA approved as a water additive and can eliminate odor and improve taste, making your iced drinks even more enjoyable for your customer with every sip.

O3-Matic post image 1The O3-Matic even makes your life easier with its sanitization benefits. The O3-Matic’s ozone infusion significantly reduces the growth of bacteria throughout the entire path of the ice. Ozone is more effective against bacteria than chlorine! The addition of a small amount of ozone eliminates odor and common microorganisms while improving taste, all without any of the chemical trace odors that other antimicrobial treatments use. This means that your machine, bin, and dispenser, as well as any utensils that come into contact with the ice, are all benefitting from the ozone. The ozone kills bacteria, sanitizing all that it touches, and also slows the growth of new bacteria. The device is effective against mildew, mold, yeast, algae, and viruses.

The O3-Matic is the only device that can make the claim that by using it you are sanitizing your machine more effectively. While not a substitute or replacement for cleaning and maintaining your machine, the O3-Matic increases the intervals between cleaning and sanitizing your machine, saving you precious time and money. Are you ready to add this NRA Kitchen Innovations Award Winner to your ice maker? Burkett Restaurant Equipment and Supplies can help! The O3-Matic is designed for modular cube ice machines and fits all existing Ice-O-Matic units. Stop by our showroom in Perrysburg, OH, or go to Burkett.com to get your Ice-O-Matic O3-Matic Ozone Delivery System today!

Burkett Move: Complete!

Our new building in Perrysburg, OH is officially complete, and we have to say we’re VERY happy with the results! During this move, it was important to have a building that allowed us to grow as a company and better serve our customers. If you haven’t had a chance to see for yourself, let us formally introduce you to our fresh headquarters.

The most visible upgrades can be found in the showroom. New and used equipment are now located in the same space to create a centralized shopping experience for our customers. We’ve added new shelving units and racks to organize our smallwares and kitchen supplies, grouping similar items in convenient sections to eliminate confusion.

Perrysburg, OH Showroom

Need more assistance? Our knowledgeable and helpful showroom team is located near the entrance of the showroom and always ready to help you! In addition to all the architectural changes, our showroom went through a handful of aesthetic changes and it looks AWESOME. On theme with our new Burkett logo and website, our information desk, floor and signage were redesigned for a fresher and more modern look. Feel free to gush over our showroom makeover, because we do every day we come in.

As an industry leader in pre-owned restaurant equipment, it was necessary to include a new, state-of- the-art equipment servicing area in our construction plans. This is the designated area for used equipment to be cleaned, maintained and repaired.


We have skilled technicians in-house to make sure each piece of equipment is thoroughly restored and tested. After products are whipped back into working shape, they are taken to our custom photo studio to produce clean, reliable shots for online product pages. At Burkett, we believe that buying used doesn’t mean lowering standards to save money. It should be a reliable option to provide our customers with the best business decision.

In our new warehouse, we are twice as efficient as we were in the old building. That translates to more space to store your favorite brands and supplies. The added space and docks also enable us to handle higher volumes of inventory and increased shipping, meaning we can ship more equipment and restaurant essentials faster and more efficiently than ever before.

With all of these improvements, we truly feel like we’re settling into a new Burkett. Come out and check us out if you haven’t yet, we’d love to see you!


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