The standard roof vent design, one that we have in our Duraflo SquareTop 6050s, has been around in both metal and plastic for over 40 years—and not much has changed in that time
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There’s no arguing that working with grease is a dirty job, but as the saying goes, someone’s got to do it. And whether the general public is aware of it or not, we’re all a lot better off thanks to those that get some grease on their gloves. This is precisely why the Endura inlet baffle was designed to be as convenient as possible for all of its end users. Because if a job is going to be dirty AND thankless, we’ll be damned if it’s unnecessarily complicated, too.
After years of research, customer interviewers, and expert tinkering, Endura interceptors enjoyed an encouraging market debut. But as the reviews started rolling in, we learned many users were having problems with the covers. Bolts were being cross threaded, rusted, or just straight up lost. Back to the drawing board we went.
Grease management can be a daunting industry for newcomers, especially if it’s your first time trying to choose a system for your restaurant or project. And if you haven’t already, you’ll encounter a barrage of acronyms and seemingly complicated terms, like HGI, FOG, and interceptor. But don’t fret, because by the end of this post, you’ll be fluent in conversational grease-anese, and well on your way to selecting an ideal solution.
Despite the lack of any actual cutting, the age old adage “measure twice and cut once” is intensely relevant when choosing the optimal interceptor for your project. Attempting to save money upfront by buying a model that is clearly too small will result in sky high maintenance costs via weekly pump outs. And that’s if you’re lucky enough to avoid a full out kitchen back-up.
Whether you like it or not, your grease interceptor is an integral part of your business. And unfortunately, interceptors are not yet a “set it and forget it” technology. Without regular maintenance, your business could be subject to fines, crippling shut-downs, and brand damaging reports.
A hydromechanical grease interceptor (HGI) without a flow control device (FCD), is just a greasy, overpriced plastic bin. But throw an FCD into the mix, and for the first time in history, we are seeing separation efficiencies exceeding 95%. They’ve been called grease gatekeepers, regulators, and the heart of HGIs. But what makes them tick?
In an industry dominated by concrete and steel since its inception, plastic is proving to be an increasingly worthy adversary. Well, that’s the nice way to say it. But as engineers, we far prefer the blunt version. Injection molded thermoplastics are now the premier grease interceptor construction material. Here’s why.