No one would think of installing a walk-in cooler without insulation. However, cooking equipment operating at high temperatures without insulation protection is installed without a thought. The chart below highlights the merits and sensibilities of not insulating either piece of equipment. Which piece of equipment do you think should be the first one to insulate?

Which Piece of Equipment Should You Insulate . . .
Function Walk-in Cooler Steam Kettles
Temperature differential between equipment and kitchen -40°F 200°F (1)
Energy loss (inefficiency) None 7800 Btu/Hr. (1)
Impact on air conditioning load None 7800 Btu/Hr. (1)
Hazard to employees None Severe burns
Impact on Workers' Compensation None Accidents will be recorded. Severity of burn may cause a lost time accident.
Insulation provided 4 inches None
1) Based on a 60 gallon direct steam kettle operating at 30 psi and 274°F.

Risk Analysis and Cost Impact - No Insulation
Function Walk-in Cooler Braising Pans, Steamers, Steam Kettles
Initial capital cost Less Less
Production Efficiency None Reduced
Operating Cost Higher, but reduces A/C cost Much higher
Potential injury None Significant
Potential Liability None High risk of lawsuit - open ended cost impact

Current regulations and the high probability of litigation by "injured" equipment operators, dictates that all cooking equipment should be insulated. The responsibility for protection of employees rests with the employer . . . choose insulated products for all your equipment needs!

Legion Industries is the only manufacturer to provide insulation as STANDARD on the COMBI-PAN Series and all Self-Contained Kettles. Insulation is offered as an option on all Direct Steam Kettles and must be specified by the end-user.

Insulation Saves You Money and Protects Your Employees
KEEP THE HEAT IN THE EQUIPMENT COOKING FOOD . . .
AND OUT OF THE KITCHEN!
SAVE ON LABOR COSTS
  • Food cooks faster in an insulated Skittle®, Titan™ or kettle.
  • Faster cooking means increased production for the same labor dollars.

SAVE ON WORKER'S COMPENSATION COSTS

  • Less employee time is lost due to work related injuries and burns!
  • Fewer liability problems for the employer!

SAVE ON ENERGY COSTS

  • Less energy is needed to maintain equipment and product temperature!
  • Less energy is needed to keep the kitchen cool!
  • Less energy is need for ventilation!

SAVE ON INSTALLATION COSTS

  • Less air conditioning capacity is needed! Less make-up air is required for the exhaust hood!

Legion Industries is the only manufacturer to provide insulation as STANDARD on the Skittle®, Titan™ and all Self-Contained Kettles. Insulation is offered as an option on all Direct Steam Kettles and must be specified by the end-user.