Where to Place Steam Equipment in the Kitchen?

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.

  1. Most steamers require a floor drain for removing condensate from the cooking compartment and the boiler.
  2. Determine the water quality and provide for a water softener if needed.
  3. Floor drains in front of tilting pans and kettles help contain liquids that spill on the kitchen floor.
  4. Consult the manufacturer’s requirements for sizes of water inlets and drains. An air gap is recommended between steam generator and floor drain.
  5. 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.
  6. Look at your city or county ordinances for proper ventilation and fire suppression requirements for steam-operated equipment.
  7. 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.