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Bun Toaster? Electricity costs?

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Hi!

 

I run a small burger restaurant, with an output of around a 100 burgers a day. Nothing major but still big enough to warrant investing in equipment that improves standardization. Currently we're toasting the buns on the grill. I'm not happy with this method because of a number of reasons, but primarily because it sometimes leads to the buns getting burnt by being over grilled.

 

I'm now looking to buy a convenor bun toaster. For that i had a few question:

 

1) Is there any particular brand that you would recommend?

 

2) If i get a bun toaster that is marked at 1500 Watts. Does it mean that it will be consuming 1500 Watts whenever it is turned on(that is all the time, 13 hours a day!!)? Because i'll be using it for at least 13 hours a day and that could lead to really substantial electricity costs. Or would it only turn on when I put in the buns? 

 

3) How long does the toaster take to turn heat up? If they don't take that long then i would only turn it on whenever i get the orders. 

post #2 of 2

if you're think about the continuous belt types, they get hot and stay hot and typically the belt motor runs continuously.  they are thermostatically controlled, so no they do not consume 1500 watts continuously - the heating coils, which are the major energy user, cycle on and off.

 

1500 watts = 1.5 kilowatts (KW)

13 hours times 1.5 KW = 19.5 kw-hrs/day, at $0.15 per kw-hr, that's = $2.93 per day if it did run at max power all day.

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