Solid fuel cooking has been an up-and-coming trend for many new restaurants because it’s a tasty way to prepare food – especially pizza and BBQ. These cooking appliances are fueled by a solid fuel such as mesquite, charcoal and hardwood; and while this cooking method yields different, interesting flavors, it also carries with it increased safety risks. With the right amount of understanding and preparation, restaurant owners can safely use most solid fuel appliances.
Reports of fires involving wood-fired pizza and meat smoking ovens are increasing due to the growing number of restaurants that have added this cooking process. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, fire departments responded to an estimated average of 7,640 structure fires per year between 2006 and 2010. Three out of five of those fires involved cooking equipment. (more…)