How is climate change transforming commercial refrigeration?

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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

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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

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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!

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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. 

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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.

 

 

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Burkett is Moving!

Attention Burkett Customers! We have a lot of exciting things going on within our company, and we’re finally ready to start sharing the news with you: WE ARE MOVING!

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We are finishing construction now and can’t wait to invite you in to our new building.

Yes, we have moved our entire operation from our beloved location in Toledo to a fresh, newly updated facility in Perrysburg.  Our new facility is almost 100 years younger, with freshly renovated offices, new equipment refurbishing facilities, and a brand new showroom.  Although we loved the home we fostered on Council St, it was time for a change.  And with change comes opportunity, specifically the opportunity to expand as a business and serve our customers better.

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Our custom photo studio is designed to give you the best possible view of our used products.

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Our brand new service department is designed to clean, repair and maintain our industry leading used equipment.

We’ve upgraded to a newly designed showroom with our customers in mind.  Now you can view our new and used equipment in one area for an easier shopping experience.  In addition to increased showroom space, the building is built to handle high volume shipping with more docks for faster shipping.  This new location is close to several major freeways, making it more accessible for incoming and outgoing deliveries.

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Our newly built restaurant equipment and supply showroom is being designed with the restauranteur and the serious home cook in mind.

Although we are eager to start business in our new space, it is hard to say goodbye to our Council St residence. Burkett Restaurant Equipment has spent 29 years in the downtown area, it’s a part of our history that we don’t take for granted. During that time, we fostered valuable relationships with neighboring businesses and loved being a part of that local community. The area served us well, but our growing business needed room to expand. Thank you for allowing us to serve you from our Council Street Showroom. We look forward to being an even stronger partner at our new and improved Perrysburg location.

Our new showroom will be open starting April 11th, 2016 at 28740 Glenwood Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551. Hope to see you there soon!

Steam Kettles vs. Tilting Skillets

tilting skilletAre you considering a new steam kettle or tilting skillet for your restaurant but don’t know which is best for your business? Both options have a lot of pros. Take a look at the highlights below and contact one of Burkett Restaurant Equipment’s knowledgeable account representatives today!

Steam kettles are unique because they cook more quickly than standard stock pots. Cooking is achieved through the steam jacket- a welded space between the cooking surface and the steam source that holds steam and creates a larger cooking surface area. Steam kettles come in two varieties- self-contained, in which the steam kettle has its own built-in steam source, and direct steam, where a separate boiler provides steam to the unit. We offer a large variety in steam kettles to suit any need.

Tilting skillets are a great space saving unit for smaller restaurants as well as a versatile piece of equipment for larger ones. Tilting skillets allow you to cook soup in one space, scramble eggs, brown meat for chili, and then cook the chili. The tilting skillet is one of the most variable items we sell. Available in countertop or floor models, there is a model to fit your space requirements. They also come in hand-tilt models for the personalized feel or a steadier pour for soups, or power-tilt models for the larger batches of thicker items that are too heavy to pour by hand. A tilting skillet is one of the best things a restaurant can buy because of their versatility and convenience.

Benefits of Light Duty Deck Ovens

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Light Duty Deck Ovens are great for commercial or even residential use, heating a simple pizza to serve a customer or to feed a family. Light duty models are much less intrusive on your space and energy costs, keeping floor space open in any size kitchen for other equipment.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers various pizza oven styles to fit your restaurant countertop requirements. We offer deck style, conveyor, and wire rack oven types. Pizza oven door styles include pull down doors, and drawer-style openings that allow for easy rack sliding and product loading and unloading. Our models range from 4,000 watts up to over 10,000 watts, with BTU options ranging from 40,000 BTU up to 150,000 BTU. Electric and gas models are available to meet your commercial kitchen’s specific electrical specifications.

Are you curious about some of the features and benefits of light duty deck ovens? See below for more information.

  • – High quality brushed stainless steel exterior
  • – Durable heating elements provide even heating performance throughout the oven.
  • – Wider oven opening provides more versatility than standard pizza ovens.
  • – Adjustable Temperature Control
  • – Easy set timer.
  • – Heavy duty chrome plated baking rack.
  • – Removable, stamped aluminized steel crumb tray for easy clean-up.
  • – Ergonomically designed and convenient space saving flip-up handle.
  • – Skid-resistant feet.

Blodgett Hydrovection-Convection Cooking With Moisture

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Full Size Gas Hydrovection Oven

The latest buzz in the convection oven industry is being brought to you by Blodgett Oven Company in Burlington, Vermont. They currently have the only continuously humidified convection oven being produced and it’s sure make your baking more efficient and delicious. But what is Hydrovection and how can it help you save time and money?

The Hydrovection oven has two settings: convection only cooking and Hydrovection at high and low humidity. It’s two ovens in one, somewhere in between convection and Combi, and is conveniently the same size as a standard convection oven. Although you cannot do a steam only cook as with a Combi (you always have to have convection with the moisture), the benefits come without debate. Not only will you see higher yields of 15% over convection cooking, but cooking times will also be reduced. You’ll save both time and money without sacrificing kitchen space. Also, you’ll enjoy the eco-friendly benefits found in the insulation and overall construction and as well as the water saving technology found in the quench system.

Don’t be fooled by the higher price tag-this oven will be paying for itself in no time with ease of use and higher yields. It comes in gas and electric models as well as a half size electric version. You can also upgrade to some pretty handy control options, including but not limited to the SmartTouch which can hold up to 255 recipes and allows for cavity moisture to be changed in accurate 10% increments.

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