No hood or specialized ventilation required examples of this would be coffee shops, soups and sandwich shop, etc.  In order to be Class 5 you have NO GAS cooking appliances and the total electrical load of all cooking appliances are less than 6kW.    

Ventless Hoods: The miracle solution to kitchen exhaust?

So you want to open a restaurant, only to find there’s no way to exhaust your kitchen hood to the outside like a class 1 cooking restaurant. Maybe you’re a sushi restaurant that doesn’t have a hood and is considered class 5 cooking, but now you’d like to add some tempura to your menu. It’s… Read more »


Also know as ‘Ventless Hood’ you have a stand alone hood that filters and recirculates the exhaust back into the restaurant. With this style of hood you may only use electric cooking appliances NO GAS. You still require general space exhaust and ventilation. You may cook raw meat, fry vegetables and eggs, however there are… Read more »


Private home where you do not sell food to the public.  This involves a residential style hood, standard sheetmetal or in slab duct to the outdoors.  


This requires a Class 2 hood, no wet chemical fire suppression is needed, standard sheetmetal, exhaust fan and make-up air unit.  Typical examples of this are pizza shops, bakery’s, coffee roaster, coffee shops.   The point at which you need a Class 2 hood is when you use gas or you use electrical cooking appliances… Read more »


This requires a CLASS 1 Hood with wet chemical fire suppression, welded black iron duct that is liquid tight, kitchen exhaust fan and make-up air unit.  This is a typical kitchen that you see across North America, examples of this are burger joints, breakfast places, french fry shops, etc.  Any time you cook raw meat or… Read more »

Why are kitchen exhaust fans important in your restaurant?

Kitchen exhaust systems in Vancovuer restaurant

Unsightly, perhaps. Necessary, 100% Restaurant kitchen exhaust fans not only remove the potentially odorous and toxic products of combustion that are unavoidably created through the cooking process, but they are also crucial to saving lives in the event of fire by helping to remove flames and smoke from the space.  Therefore, if any part of… Read more »

Do your hair or clothes smell after eating at a restaurant??

Grease smell in hair and clothing

We’ve all experienced it.  You walk into a restaurant.  Maybe it’s your favourite, maybe it’s been recommended to you.  Nonetheless you love it.  But there’s one problem:  your clothes and your hair stink after you leave it.  Disgusting. Nothing will ruin an evening more with friends or a loved one than having to go home… Read more »


There’s a number of ways in which you can drain your kitchen sinks into a grease interceptor.  One could use a low profile grease interceptor where the inlet is low enough to connect to.  One could partially or fully bury a regular grease interceptor to meet the inverts. These pictures are of what NOT to… Read more »