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Should I Install a Restaurant Range in My Home?

Posted by on 3/5/2015

Adding a restaurant range to your home kitchen seems appealing at first. They’re more durable and powerful than residential-style stoves, and they’re stripped of all those nonessential, expensive add-ons. But before you rush headlong into buying a commercial-grade appliance for your house, it’s important that you consider their drawbacks and limitations.

                                      What to Keep In Mind

The manufacturer’s warranty will be voided.

Manufacturers of restaurant ranges do not honor their warranties when a range of theirs has been installed inside a residence. You should also note that these manufacturers consider bed-&-breakfasts and other businesses within residential areas to be “residences.”

It requires six inches of clearance on all sides.

Since restaurant ranges are both less insulated than residential stoves and produce higher amounts of heat, they require at least six inches of clearance space on all sides — left, right, front, and back. So a restaurant range cannot sit flush with any counter tops, cabinets, or walls.

It might not be covered by your fire insurance.

Key word: “might.” Most home insurance agreements do allow for commercial ranges provided that they are installed correctly. So check first. But whether it’s covered or not, whatever you do, DO NOT LIE TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. Lying to an insurer constitutes what’s called “material misrepresentation,” which will void your agreement and allow an insurer to refuse ANY claim you make.

Your gas lines and electrical connections might need modifications.

If you choose to buy a restaurant range or oven, we recommend you hire a professional to install it for you. Most homes do not have the correct gas lines or electrical connections needed for restaurant ranges, and tricky modifications are often necessary.

Restaurant ranges constantly produce heat.

Obviously a stove with a higher BTU cooks hotter, but even when you aren’t cooking, its burners’ pilot lights are continuously burning. This’ll cost you on A/C and gas bills, and you might even require an exhaust hood

                                         Final Word

With the added cost of the exhaust hood, installation, and monthly utilities, a restaurant range ends up costing just as much as the initial expense of a professional-style home range. So unless you absolutely need top level temperatures, we recommend sticking to an appliance designed for a home kitchen, not for a kitchen that serves dozens of people every hour.

These food service companies also design professional-style ranges for the home: American Range, Imperial, Jade, Summit, Viking, Vulcan, and Wolf.

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