What's the difference between a consumer and commercial smoker? Can you use a consumer smoker in your commercial restaurant? Can you install a commercial restaurant smoker in your home? Consumer and commercial smokers are different in more than just quantity. There are several things that you'll need to consider when you're thinking about purchasing a smoker.
The Standards of Consumer and Commercial Smokers
Consumer smokers are designed to run in consumer homes — they are electrically rated for that purpose. At the same time, commercial smokers need to pass rigorous standards and regulations. Consumer smokers cannot be used in commercial kitchens for this reason, and often, consumer smokers also can't be used in public competitions. Cookshack does have some consumer smokers which are rated for competitions, in addition to being some of the most popular consumer smokers available.
If you want to sell your smoked goods in any way, a commercial smoker is going to be necessary to ensure health and safety. Both the National Sanitation Foundation and the ETL ensure that commercial smokers meet the appropriate standards.
The Capacity and Cook Duration of Smokers
Commercial smokers are designed so that they can be run constantly. They have larger capacities so they can smoke more product at once, while consumer smokers are designed for smaller quantities. A consumer smoker is not expected to be used in a heavy use environment.
Though a consumer smoker might be able to make large quantities of meat short-term, it isn't going to be able to do this consistently. If your restaurant or company wants to produce regular amounts of smoked product, a commercial smoker will be both safer and more reliable.
The Similarities Between Commercial and Consumer Smokers
With Cookshack, both commercial and consumer smokers are still made with the same high-quality products. This is why some Cookshack consumer products can be used for things such as barbeque competitions. Some of the features include:
- Spin-Glas insulation that is rated up to 850 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Solid stainless steel and welded construction.
- Feature complete controllers (though commercial models have additional options).
Consumer smokers are not regulated by the NSF, but this is only as there is no need to do so for consumer-grade products. If you're looking for a consumer-grade smoker that is as close as possible to a commercial smoker, Cookshack has the best options.
For those who want to produce large quantities of meat for sale, a commercial smoker is a necessity. On the other hand, those who want to smoke small volumes of meat personally may be able to use a consumer smoker instead. Cookshack has multiple varieties of smoker available for any need. To get started on your smoking, visit our website to view our smoker options.