The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

Food Poisoning

How To Keep Food Poisoning Out of Your Restaurant

There’s no trick to keeping food poisoning out of your restaurant. Prevention is key, but when that doesn’t work, swift & honest corrective action is imperative.

Nobody wants to deal with food poisoning. Seriously, it’s the worst. Your customers don’t want to suffer the effects. Your employees don’t want to be accused of causing it. Restaurant management and ownership don’t t want to have to overcome an accusation of it. There are plenty of steps that can be taken to prevent food poisoning from striking. Education, training and discipline work to keep your restaurant clean, which is the majority of the battle.

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reduce food waste

Waste, Waste, Waste—Reducing Waste in Your Restaurant

Recycle, reduce, and compost. Whatever it takes—do your part and give back a little.

Why did you open up a restaurant? Was it to bring your passion to life? Probably. But I’m guessing you had at least one other reason. …and I’m betting it was to make some money. Or maybe to be your own boss, make your own rules, and to live the life you’ve dreamed about since before culinary school—probably even since way back when you were manning the dungeon at someone else’s restaurant.

commercial pest control

Invasion! Commercial Pest Control

As much as we don’t like to admit it, we must share our living and working spaces with all aspects of nature, including those we refer to as Pests.

Silently, stealthily they approach. They creep in through your foundation. They find their way in through seams in the windows. They come up from drain pipes, wriggle under doors and make nests anywhere they can dig in. They’re creepy, crawly, hairy and slimy. Some sting. Some bite. Some destroy everything from electrical wiring to structural support. They make our lives difficult. We want to avoid them, but they don’t always want to avoid us. If left unchecked, they can slowly destroy our homes, buildings, and businesses.

commercial composting

Can’t Compost? Think Again! Commercial Composting Options for Your Restaurant

Love the idea of composting your restaurant food waste, but can’t make it happen on-site? Consider commercial composting!

There’s no need to compromise your values and commitment to the environment just because your restaurant or small business is unable to compost. Composting companies offer an inventive service to help with your food waste reduction efforts. And we’ve got a couple more out-of-the-box strategies to help you recycle your food leftovers.

(Post updated with new information on 5/23/17.)

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benefits of composting

The Benefits of Composting: Turn Your Restaurant’s Waste into Profit

What should you do with all that extra food your restaurant kitchen can’t use? Consider the magic and benefits of composting.

Once you master a few composting basics, you can change your relationship with all of that inevitable, excessive waste and save some money in the process.

Reduce Restaurant Water Costs

11 Super-Simple Tips to Reduce Restaurant Water Costs

Making good money running your restaurant isn’t just about selling more of your food and drink—it’s also about reducing your expenses.

You’re a restaurant owner. You went into business with the idea that you would make some money. Ideally a lot of money. Which means you should always be on the look out for ways to save. Running a tight ship is essential to maximizing profits, and now more than ever, you want to be running a watertight ship.

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booster heaters

Booster Heaters: Electric or Gas?

Last week on The Boiler Room, we talked about using booster heaters for hot HOT water warewasher sanitation vs. chemical sanitation without a booster heater.

Do you need a booster heater for your restaurant or other commercial establishment? You can read all about it here: To Boost or Not To Boost?

Now let’s talk electric booster heaters vs. gas booster heaters. I’m inclined to suggest you go with a gas booster heater for your restaurant, hotel, or other commercial enterprise. Here’s why…

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benefits of booster heaters

To Boost or Not to Boost?

If you want to go with the high-temp warewasher, a booster heater is for you.

In the business we like to avoid using the common (albeit misguided) term “hot water heater.” We prefer plain ol’ water heater. Why? Because “hot water heater” is redundant. Think about it: you don’t need to heat already hot water; you need to heat regular tap water. Get it?

But there’s one situation where “hot water heater” actually makes sense: when we’re talking booster heaters. Booster heaters “boost” already heated water (between 120°F and 140°F) all the way up to that 180°F your restaurant or other commercial application needs to sanitize without the use of chemicals.

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