Ovens 101 For Brewers And Bakers

industrial ovensOvens are one of the less-thought-about, but no less important, appliances that we benefit from on a daily basis. About 95% of commercial establishments use ovens of some kind, ranging from industrial ovens to cooking ovens and everything in between. Whether it’s food, drink, or a product that we are using, at some point there is an oven involved in its manufacture. It seems appropriate to learn how ovens work to help ourselves maximize our benefit from them, yet not a lot is commonly known about the different uses of ovens. This article will distinguish a few of them.

Ovens For Breweries
As of June 2014, there were at least 3,000 bakeries operating in America. Each of these breweries uses ovens as part of the brewing process. Considering the average person is within 10 miles of a brewery at any given moment, it is worth learning about how they do their business. Propane burners and the baso valve are among the components involved in these ovens.

Ovens For Bakeries
There are 2,800 commercial bakeries in America, and at least 6,000 retail bakeries. Of the ovens used by these establishments, many are revolving ovens, which can hold from eight to 32 pans.

Industrial Ovens
Industrial ovens are used to heat objects involved in manufacturing, science and other industrial processes. Industrial gas burners are present in many of these ovens. Industrial production has increased more than 30% in the years between 1989 and 2013, prompting a veritable explosion of ovens used for these purposes.

Domestic Ovens
Besides the familiar kitchen oven, there are other ovens in the average home. Not sure which? How about the backyard grill? 97.4% of those surveyed described grills as the number one backyard feature, making these a common place to find ovens in one’s home.

Ovens may seem familiar and mundane, but there is a lot to learn when you delve into the inner workings of these ubiquitous machines. Got an oven experience you wish to share? Let us have it down in the comments.

How Businesses Benefit By Using Industrial Ovens

industrial ovensA recent study showed that 95% of commercial operations in America reported using at least one type of oven. Yet despite using ovens so often, and our society’s dependence on industrial ovens, most people barely know how they work. Try to differentiate a venturi burner from a gas burner, or start talking about the problems with the baso valve, and most people probably want to throw you in a lead furnace rather than hear another word.

So how do we gain the right amount of understanding about ovens — how do we learn enough about commercial ovens, industrial ovens and so on — to use them properly without sinking into an obsessive frenzy?

Luckily, we’ve put together a list that describes some of the most common uses for ovens, that will give you the confidence in talking about ovens that might normally be expected from an industrial burner manufacturer. Without further ado, here’s what we’ve got for you.

  • There are more than 6,000 retail bakeries in America, and 2,800 commercial bakeries. Each of these bakeries uses some kind of oven. Convection ovens are common, affordable and use internal fans to allow for even baking.
  • Brewing is another common application of ovens, as heating is an essential component of the brewing and sanitation process. Brewing has become a powerful cultural and economic force — the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a local brewery, and in June 2014, the American brewing industry hit a milestone with 3,000 or more breweries operating simultaneously. Anybody interested in making a foray into the brewer’s art had best familiarize themselves with industrial gas burners and round melters.
  • Industrial ovens are often thought of as big ovens intended to produce industrial volumes of heated food. But the term is also used for melting furnaces and other ovens used in various industrial processes. From heating up metal to use in circuit boards, to using entire rooms as ovens to sanitize large equipment, there are many industrial applications for ovens.
  • The average homeowner’s understanding of an oven is limited to firing up a few baked potatoes in their domestic oven and calling it a day. However, homeowners are often using ovens in a less recognized form, as part of their backyard grill. With 97.4% of those surveyed describing grills as “the most important” backyard feature, understanding these sorts of ovens may be the most important of all.

Although not everyone is enthusiastic about ovens, it is definitely useful to know as much about them as possible, lest you find yourself in a complicated situation someday involving such a device. When all else fails, talk to an expert. Of course, feel free to comment below with any questions or concerns.

Molson Coors Upgraded Energy Center Cuts Energy Emissions and Costs

gas valveAs a country, it’s safe to say Americans love their beer. That’s a pretty fair assessment considering there were over 3,000 operating breweries in the U.S. at the end of June 2014 and the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of one. Needless to say, the beer industry isn’t hurting for money.

That being said, just like any good company that tightens the proverbial gas valve to cut costs and increase bottom-line profits, the Molson Coors Brewing Company did just that last year when they upgraded their energy efficiency. According to the sustainable news source BusinessGreen.com, Molson Coors has saved £750,000 since last October from an onsite energy center opened in Burton upon Trent in the United Kingdom.

The £12.4 million investment was part of an ongoing effort by the company to cut costs, reduce gas emissions, and increase overall efficiency. The energy center runs on three green-friendly natural gas burners. The gas valves are used with the latest technology for low-NOx burners, feed water economizers, boiler blowdown heat recovery, and variable speed drives on pumps and fans.

These new industrial gas burners resulted in them utilizing 8.3 million kWh less gas and 4.41 million kWh less electricity than the older model would have in the same amount of time. The excess resources would be enough to heat 503 homes with gas and keep electricity running in 805 homes for one year, according to the company.

“The cost savings made have been utilized and re-invested into our brands, service and breweries,” said Victoria Segebarth, supply chain director at Molson Coors U.K. and Ireland, in a statement.

The technology and ways new energy centers are built has improved dramatically over the last decade or so, probably thanks in large part to the fact that industrial production has increased by around 30% over that same time frame. They’re hoping the new industrial burners will help them reach their goal of reducing energy consumption by 25% and cutting greenhouse emissions by 15% by the year 2020.

Essential Pieces of a Bakery Kitchen

gas burnerWith more than 2,800 commercial bakeries and 6,000 retail bakeries in America, it is clear that the industry is huge and still growing. Americans simply love their sweets, and with industry and economy growth doing well right now, the dream of owning a bakery could be within reach for many. To open your own bakery though, you need to build it. The kitchen is the most essential part of any place selling food, so starting there would be a good idea. Read on for three priority items.

About 95% of commercial facilities use at least one oven type, according to an American study. Ovens are one of the most essential pieces of the bakery kitchen, because otherwise, how do you make the pastries? Propane pipe burners are often used in these, as they are a reliable product for supporting a business.

Stove Tops
Stove tops are equally as important as ovens. This is where you’ll make fondants, and other things like frosting. Industrial gas burners are best for a bakery, because, like the pipe burners, they are reliable. Gas burners aren’t as finicky as electric ovens can be. An industrial burner will give you the strength you need for hours upon hours of cooking!

Counters are the biggest thing outside of what you’re cooking in to consider. You need ample counter space to work on your creations, set them out to cool, and display them. In the kitchen, the gold standard for countertops is generally stainless steel. This will make them easy to keep clean. For counters in the front of your shop, granite is also easy to keep clean, but gives a more sophisticated look.

Have you ever wanted to own your own bakery? Do you agree that you should start with these and then build from there? How would you go about it? We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

A Beginner’s Guide To Commercial Ovens

gas valveWhen you’re looking at appliances for your new kitchen, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when it gets down to the technical talk. You may not know what a gas valve is, or what the gas pipe burners are even supposed to do, but don’t let your limited industrial gas burner knowledge put a damper on your eagerness to learn. Here are just a few things you should know about the available commercial ovens you could be considering for your business or home’s kitchen.

They can have a great capacity – If you intend to be baking or cooking in large amounts, such as in a bakery or a pizzeria, looking at revolving ovens can help you to cover as much cooking ground as possible in fewer bakes. A revolving oven can hold anywhere from eight to 32 pans at a time, and uses industrial burners to heat evenly and efficiently throughout.

They’re a popular option – According to a recent U.S. study, 95% of commercial operations report that they use at least one type of oven. Whether your business needs an oven for firing ceramics or for baking bread, there are plenty of gas valve ovens you can choose from to make sure you get the job done quickly and efficiently. Anywhere from 55 to 60% of commercial ovens are powered by natural gas burners, while 40 to 45% are electrical ovens, giving you multiple options to choose from, depending on your oven needs.

They offer you an asset – Adding a new gas valve oven or a ring burner stove to your business can increase your efficiency while giving you a new resource to offer more services. By investing in a new oven or stove, you can increase your bake capacity and allow yourself the opportunity to exponentially increase your business, increasing your profits and your overall outcome over time.

Baso Valves and a Few Other Pieces of Heating Equipment You Should Know About

Melted Metal pouring in a foundryHeating equipment is used by a variety of industries. From manufacturing and refineries to sanitation and breweries, heating equipment is applied in several different ways. We all use heating equipment in one way or another everyday. The meat we eat, for example, is almost always cooked. The plastics we use and the energy we consume all rely on heating equipment in some way. As such, heating equipment is a huge, but not always fully recognized component, of American industry.

We have all heard of ovens, burners, and grills but what about the other kinds of heating equipment. There’s quite a few to go through but here are three major pieces of heating equipment used nonstop across the country:

  1. Baso Valves: Baso valves control the flow of gas from the gas supply and the heating equipment. A safety part, baso valves constrict or even shutdown the flow of gas in case of a system failure. They are simple to install, easy to use, and entirely reliable.
  2. Industrial Burners: Industrial gas burners are large ovens, furnaces, or something totally custom-made used to heat substances on a massive (hence industrial) scale. Temperatures in these burners can reach moderate levels (around 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit) as well as high ones (2,150 degrees Farhenheit), and with air-operated doors and a specially-engineered design that takes air low, pressure, insulation, and other factors into account.
  3. Lead Melters: As the name suggests, lead melters are used to melt lead as well as lead alloys and other white metals. They typically are operated by gas or propane and can contain temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Farhenheit.

There’s much more where that came from but these three pieces of equipment are quite standard for industrial use. And considering that half of all American exports are manufactured products, that 95% of commercial industrial operations use at least one kind of oven, and that more than 3,000 breweries operate in the U.S., heating equipment is important now more than ever!

Heating Equipment: What You Need to Know

propane burnersThe United States, despite being mired in a less-than-stellar economy, is actually doing quite well in industrial production. Since 2000, industrial production in the U.S. has increased by more than 30% with more than half of American exports being manufactured goods. One of the major industrial industries here is heating equipment. Most manufacturing relies on heating materials in some way. Without heating equipment, most of the products we use, from plastic to electronics and, yes, even beer, would be unattainable. In fact, 95% of commercial industrial operations use at least one kind of oven — and oftentimes, they use several more!

Burners and Beer: What You Need to Know About This Essential Industry Equipment

rectangular meltersLike most people around the world, Americans love their beer. America’s long history with beer begins with the Founding Fathers themselves. George Washington was known to brew his own beer at Mount Vernon and serve it to his guests, as did Thomas Jefferson in Monticello. “Beer,” Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said, “is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Though it is not totally clear whether Franklin actually said this, the sentiment is appreciated by Americans and beer-lovers around the world alike.

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