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What’s on the Menu: Your Kitchen Dictates Your Stainless Steel Canopy Needs

We provided an earlier blog post concerning custom design stainless steel installation of kitchen canopies for our many Perth customers. We would like to give a little bit more information about how your kitchen use and design will dictate your canopy design.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Canopy

A lot of it is determined by the Government in Australian Standard AS-1668.2-2012. AS-1668.2 provides a thorough explanation of minimum requirements regarding size and placement of kitchen canopies. We always advise exceeding minimum requirements when it allows for greater safety and/or greater ease and efficiency of operation.

When Do You Need a Canopy?

We recommend a canopy for all facilities that cook food, but AS-1668.2-2012 does allow for some leeway. Here are the current regulations for when a canopy is required by law:

  • If the total maximum power input of electric cooking equipment is more than 8 kW or more than 0.5 kW/m2 of the total kitchen area.
  • If the total gas input is 29MJ/h or higher or 1.8MJ/m2 of the total kitchen area.
  • The Local Government or Council deems it necessary to install a canopy.

Practical Design

Basically, your kitchen’s function and layout are going to dictate how many canopies you need and how large they are. We published the minimum size requirements in the earlier post on design tips for kitchen canopies.

When we do an onsite consultation and begin the design process, we take a lot of factors into consideration. First of all, we want to make sure the canopy does its job: removing airborne toxic byproducts of cooking and excess heat from the building. This means we not only have to make sure the canopy is large enough, but that the fan has sufficient power for your application.

Then, it is a matter of matching it up to the available space in your kitchen.

Call 1300 794 647 to learn more.

About Paul

Paul Bartlett is the owner and director of Western Stainless Solutions. He has a passionate commitment to personally seeing each project through from conception to completion. Mr Bartlett has owned Western Stainless Solutions since 2005. He had prior experience as a foreman for Caterlink, where he learned to fit out numerous restaurants with stainless steel equipment.

With Western Stainless Solutions, Mr Bartlett has overseen numerous large projects, always getting them finished on time and on budget. His favourite projects include:

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Coles Inglewood
  • Woolworths Yanchep
  • Mt Barker Chicken
  • The Merrywell Bar
  • Perth Children's Hospital
  • St John of God Subiaco refurb and development

Mr Bartlett has extensive experience in completing large projects, but is always around to add a personal touch to projects such as restaurants and pubs.

Mr Bartlett also has experience in the sports world. He currently serves as a volunteer coach for School Sports WA and spent two years as the General Manager of the Stirling Senators in the State Basketball League.

The bottom line: Mr Bartlett specialises in getting things done. He has a “hands-on” approach that is rare for owners of businesses the size of Western Stainless Solutions.