Your choice of steam equipment often is determined by the floor space, plumbing connections, and power sources available in your kitchen. Here is a summary of the seven key factors to keep in mind when sizing up a potential steam installation site.
- Most steamers require a floor drain for removing condensate from the cooking compartment and the boiler.
- Determine the water quality and provide for a water softener if needed.
- Floor drains in front of tilting pans and kettles help contain liquids that spill on the kitchen floor.
- Consult the manufacturer’s requirements for sizes of water inlets and drains. An air gap is recommended between steam generator and floor drain.
- The floor drain should be located outside the perimeter of the equipment. This is to prevent the venting steam from rising and condensing on the unit’s electrical components.
- Look at your city or county ordinances for proper ventilation and fire suppression requirements for steam-operated equipment.
- Consider the proximity of electrical power to the equipment. Even if you’re using a gas-fired boiler, you may need electricity to power the appliance itself.