Here’s my problem ( today’s problem anyway )
Do I go propane or electric.
I have stripped my truck clean.
I get to start with a blank slate.
I’m sure there are benefits to each.
But the REAL deciding factor for ME …. RIGHT NOW is the hood.
If I go propane, then there is no question that I need a commercial hood and fan and fire suppression. This will probably run me around $7000.00
It will also allow me a few more options for food, since I would keep the deep fryer.
If I stick with electric only, it will limit my options for food, but that might not matter.
I don’t want to have dozens of things on the menu.
And I SHOULD be able to get away with a residential hood and fan.
I asked the health department.
They are OK with it, providing I am not producing grease laden vapors.
Hell, they said don’t even NEED a fan, but I want one anyway.
BUT they said to check with the Fire Commissioner just to be safe.
BTW NONE of these departments talk to each other here.
So I checked with them.
Their view is that if I don’t use propane…. they are NOT involved at all.
So I said… What about the electrical end of it??
They said, I will still get the electrical inspection, but they only inspect to make sure that the electrical is done correctly. They don’t care about anything else.
He also suggested I check with my engineer.
Well, you know how THAT is going.
One guy I DID talk to said …. dude … I’m an engineer, … talk to the health department.
This is why I am talking to another engineer.
And again, I am waiting.
If I get an OK from the engineer, I am going electric just for the cost savings alone.
But If I need the commercial hood and fan anyway, then what?
|All Electric||Go Propane|
|1000 lbs lighter||1000 lbs Heavyer|
|Better gas milage??||Gas milage may not matter|
|Bigger generator||smaller generators|
|Generator in back||Generator in front|
|burn more gas||burn more propane|
|Less equipment to maint||More equipment to maint|
|$7000 cheaper||$7000 more|
|Buy more equipment||Already own equip|
|Brand new equip||Equip WORKS ????|
|Easy to replace equip||Expensive to fix equip|
|cheaper quality equip||good quality equip|
|doesnt explode||explosion risk|
|no gas inspection Less $$||gas inspection more $$|
|no gas fitter less $$||gas fitter more $$|
|No engineer needed||engineer needed $$$|
|electrical inspec more $$||electrical inspec more $$|
|Electrician more $$||Electrician more $$|
|higher faster production||less production|
|expandable production||not expandable without $$$|