Iron Chefs Everywhere: Recycle your Heat


There is a reason we say "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!"- it is hot in there. Read Bill Buford's wonderful book Heat and you will wonder how anyone survives. All that heat from the Garlands is exhausted through the roof, and make-up air that replaces it is, of course, preheated with gas. More gas is used to heat the thousands of gallons of hot water used for washing dishes and cleaning. in the Star, Tyler Hamilton introduces us to Jeff Martin of Martin Air, who has developed heat recovery systems that use that hot exhaust air to preheat the makeup and hot water, saving up to 80% of the gas used for cooking and heating. On a new restaurant, payback time can be less than a year. Why doesn't every restaurant have this? ::Tyler Hamilton in the Star