Choosing the Right Flame: A Look at Types of Broiler Cooking Equipment

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In the world of commercial kitchens, broilers are essential pieces of equipment that allow chefs to achieve that coveted caramelized, charred, and smoky flavor on a variety of dishes. From searing steaks to melting cheese, broilers are versatile workhorses that can handle a wide range of cooking tasks. However, with so many types of broilers available, choosing the right one for your kitchen can be a daunting task.

Understanding Broiler Types

Broilers can be categorized into three main types: overfired, underfired, and conveyor broilers.

Overfired Broilers

Overfired broilers, such as salamanders and cheese melters, radiate heat downward onto the food. These broilers are ideal for melting cheese, browning casseroles, and finishing dishes that require intense, direct heat from above.

Underfired Broilers

Underfired broilers, also known as charbroilers or grills, radiate heat upward onto the cooking surface. These broilers are perfect for achieving those coveted grill marks and charred flavors on meats, vegetables, and other foods.

Conveyor Broilers

Conveyor broilers are designed for high-volume operations, as they cook food on both sides simultaneously as it moves through the broiler on a conveyor belt. These broilers are commonly found in fast-food chains and high-traffic commercial kitchens.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Broiler

When selecting the right broiler for your kitchen, there are several factors to consider:

  1. Menu Offerings: Evaluate the types of dishes you plan to serve and the cooking techniques required. This will help determine the most suitable broiler type for your needs.
  2. Kitchen Space: Measure the available space in your kitchen and ensure that the broiler you choose can fit comfortably while allowing for proper ventilation and workflow.
  3. Volume and Throughput: Consider the volume of food you need to prepare during peak hours. High-volume operations may benefit from conveyor broilers or multiple broiler units.
  4. Energy Source: Broilers can be powered by gas, electricity, or infrared technology. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost, efficiency, and heat output.
  5. Budget: Determine your budget and prioritize the features and capabilities that are most important for your operation. Broilers can range from budget-friendly options to high-end, feature-packed models.

Featured Products from The FED

To help you make an informed decision, here are some broiler options available from The FED (Foodservice Equipment Depot):

Product

Type

Dimensions

Link

Price

ATOSA ATCB-24 CHAR ROCK BROILER COUNTERTOP

Countertop

24 X 27 ¾ X 15 1/5

$1,038.00 CAD or $50.91/mo

Atosa ATSB-36 Salamander Broiler with Wall Mount

Wall Mount

36 X 18 X 17 1/3

$1,593.00 CAD or $78.12/mo

Omcan #20369 Countertop 220V Electric 38″ Vertical Broiler Shawarma Donair

Vertical Broiler

24 X 21 X 38.75

$1,598.00 CAD or $76.04/mo

EmberGlo Kabob Char-Broiler Open Hearth Open Front 31C

Gas Char-Broiler

*Please Note These are Special Order Units. Contact us for delivery schedule.

$9,998.00 CAD or $508/mo

Vollrath 35-inch 208-volt Cheese Melter – CM4-20835

Cheese Melter

32.125 X 14.375 X 14.75

$2,698.00 CAD or $137/mo

Remember, investing in the right broiler can significantly impact the quality, efficiency, and overall success of your commercial kitchen operations. Take the time to carefully evaluate your needs and choose a broiler that aligns with your menu, workflow, and budget.

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