Fire Ready Hood FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The size of the marketplace is rapidly growing and evolving bringing more efficient and economical products to both businesses and consumers; the Fire Ready Hood is one of these products. When it comes to restaurants and kitchens, fire control is a crucial aspect of consideration in a highly regulated industry. However, there are many scenarios where full commercial fire systems are not required; instead a simple Fire Ready Hood would suffice saving both time and money.

Q: When can I use a Fire Ready Hood?

A: A Fire Ready Hood can be used in a commercial setting when a residential style appliance is being used for non-commercial cooking. This is typically a range or other residential appliance found at a big box store – a commercial appliance cannot be used. Non-commercial cooking occurs in assisted living homes, daycare centers, churches, office break rooms, fire stations, etc… The final approval is always up to your local authority.

Q: Can the Fire Ready Hood be used above an island?

A: No, the Fire Ready Hood is designed for wall applications only.

Q: What type of fire system agent is used?

A: Even though the Fire Ready Hood is not for commercial use, the fire system uses the same wet chemical agent found in commercial grade hood fire systems. Therefore, you can be assured it’s going to be efficient and effective if needed.

Q: How often does the Fire Ready Hood need to be inspected?

A: You should have your Fire Ready Hood inspected once a year. The local inspector will be able to advise on parts that need to be cleaned and/or replaced.

Q: Is the Fire Ready Hood a safe option?

A: The Fire Ready Hood is ETL listed to UL 300A. UL 300A is the standard for residential range top cooking fire extinguishing units.

Q: When installing a Fire Ready Hood what other equipment should be considered?

A: In order to meet the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code requirement, a 500 CFM fan, the Clock Box, and a manual pull station need to be provided. These options are available with all of our Fire Ready Hoods.

Q: How do I know that my Fire Ready Hood meets local codes and requirements?

A: Please check in your area for specific requirements. In certain areas the local authority requires a puff test to be performed. If needed, a nitrogen tank will be required for this test and is available as an option with our Fire Ready Hoods.

Q: What temperature will cause the fire system to discharge?

A: The fire system on your Fire Ready Hood will activate at either 212°F or 280°F depending on the size of the hood.

Q: Is overhang required like a Type 1 (commercial kitchen hood)?

A: No overhang is required. This means that the hood doesn’t have to be any larger than the appliance. Type 1 commercial kitchen hoods are used in grease-producing cooking operations which requires overhang. Whereas, the Fire Ready Hood should not be used for commercial grease-producing operations. Because the Fire Ready Hood is not used for commercial grease-producing operations, you are also not required to have a fully welded grease duct or a UL 762 fan as you would need for a Type 1 commercial kitchen hood.

Q: Do I have to use the fan that comes with the Fire Ready Hood?

A: A different fan may not be used. The hood comes with a fan made and tested expressly for use with the Fire Ready Hood. Using a different fan would nullify the UL 300A listing and could make operations unsafe.

Q: Will the fan come on automatically and at what temperature?

A: The fan will only come on automatically if there is a fire. The Fire Ready Hood will activate the fan at 150°F. Once 190°F is reached, the Fire Ready Hood will shut off the stove and sound the alarm. In all other instances, the fan is controlled manually. When cooking, the speed of the fan needs to be manually adjusted using a control knob on the face of the hood.

Q: What static pressure can the fan on my Fire Ready Hood handle?

A: Fire Ready Hood fans are sized based on maximum duct length. An inline duct fan has a maximum of 35 feet for the duct length. An exterior wall fan has a maximum of 20 feet for the duct length. The maximum duct length equals horizontal and vertical duct runs plus duct components such as fittings, elbows, and transitions.

Q: What are the exhaust options for the Fire Ready Hood?

A: The Fire Ready Hood is not limited in exhaust options; it can be ordered to discharge out the back, top, or recirculate out the front into the room.

Q: What is the Clock Box?

A: A device separate from but hooked up to the Fire Ready Hood. The Clock Box serves as a safety feature. It will turn off the appliance after a certain time has passed. This eliminates the risk of fire in any instance when the user is unable to shut down the appliance. The Clock Box is passcode protected and can only be set by authorized personnel. This option is required for NFPA 101 compliance.

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