Hey guys, I was hoping you might have some experience in dealing with a somewhat simple problem but it's been driving me up the wall lately!
I work in a restaurant where the owner purchased a small grill and a flat-top, both of which are on top of a drawer cooler. I've seen this setup numerous times in other kitchens and have never seen any problems stem from it.
I noticed my drawer unit was creeping up temperature-wise over a few days and checked it from top to bottom, gaskets are brand new, compressor is clear and we give it plenty of space away from the cook's wall. Then I realized the problem was the heat from the flat top was causing the top of the drawer unit to bow downward, and the temperature would subsequently start going higher and higher. A technician came in and said the flat top needed to be elevated 6 inches above the cooler and we needed to replace the top insulation piece on the cooler, which would run us about $2,700.
I tested elevating the flat-top a few inches off the top of the cooler using a stack of sheet trays and saw instant results. Like 10-15 degrees cooler. The sheet trays were just a test to see if it would make a difference, so now seeing that it does, what are some ways to get not only the flat top but also the grill up off of that cooler? Since there will be a lot of heat on them, they should obviously need to be tempered or something like that but this is really my first attempt to make substantial changes to the equipment in house.
Any and all suggestions welcome!