wool and fire

Wool Protects From Flames – The Right Fibre For The Job

Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has funded a new scientific study, undertaken by AgResearch, to test the fire resistance of nine fabrics used as base-layer garments for military and first responder personnel (i.e. firefighters).   The key concern with synthetic fibres (even flame-retardant ones) is that, when they are exposed to flame or extreme heat,…

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Kitchen Fan Fire Guts Restaurant at Yarra Valley Winery

Restaurants have always battled the grease build-up cycle within kitchen exhaust systems, which includes the filters, hood/canopy, ducting and the kitchen fan. Grease accumulations on rooftops from leaks from the kitchen exhaust fan often cause extensive roof membrane damage and what’s more, has the potential to create an uncontrollable fire hazard like the one that…

Kitchen grease filters comparison to traditional filters

Comparing Hood Filters – Metal or Disposable? You Decide!

An endless debate in the world of commercial kitchen grease filters is whether metal hood filters are better compared to disposable ones. Metal filters have been the face of kitchen exhaust systems since day one. But just because something has been around for as long as we can remember, can we automatically assume it’s also…

Grease in a duct is a fuse waiting to be lit

Playing with Fire – Six Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning Pointers

Almost 11,000 commercial kitchens are damaged by fire annually, according to the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaners Association (IKECA), the industry’s largest organisation dealing with kitchen exhaust system cleaning and certification.   By failing to do one’s kitchen exhaust system cleaning due diligence, restauranters are leaving themselves exposed and at risk of: building loss insurance claim…

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Kitchen Exhaust Maintenance Costs – Flattening the Curve

The costs associated with café and restaurant ownership are [unfortunately] plentiful, especially when it comes to kitchen exhaust maintenance. The temptation to defer such costs and take a ‘reactive’ approach when a kitchen exhaust problem arises are high, especially in these extraordinary times. So how do we go about flattening this costly curve?   Undoubtedly,…

Shepherd Filters Disposable Grease Filters

Wool in the Kitchen – Useful Facts Worth Considering

There has been a lot of research in recent years with regards to indoor air quality and the benefits of healthy workspaces. As a result, wool is re-emerging as the preferred choice for many insulation and commercial use applications, including the kitchen!   From a food safety and hygiene perspective, wool is naturally resistant to bacteria,…

kitchen grease risk chart

Commercial Kitchen Grease Build-Up: Solving a Long-Term Issue

The kitchen exhaust (KEX) system is probably one of the most ignored appliances in the kitchen. After all, there are better things to focus one’s attention to than kitchen grease, like glorious food!! Yet to disregard this system underestimates its importance and the role it plays in reducing smoke, odour and most importantly, the risk…

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Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Should Remain Top Priority During COVID-19

If you are wanting to defer your routine kitchen exhaust cleaning for when better times return, we urge you to reconsider.   Managing expenses has never been more difficult for those businesses that have been able to switch to takeaway operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s tough, however, routine kitchen exhaust cleaning and maintenance should…