Abbreviated Guide to Buying a Commercial Gas Range


When buying a commercial gas range oven for your Washington, D.C., restaurant, there are a few important factors to consider. Since each foodservice establishment is different in terms of size, volume, and applications needed for a successful menu, everything should be considered as it relates to the features and benefits of the oven itself.

Let’s take a look at some of the important ones:


Commercial gas ranges can be used for a wide range of applications, but when additional cooking tops are added, they can be used for even more. Many Virginia and Maryland restaurants add charbroilers to achieve a grilled flavor on meats, chicken, and seafood. Griddles can also be included for cooking a whole range of food items simultaneously. Combination surfaces also exist that will combine many of these features into a single unit.


Any commercial restaurant equipment supplier will tell you the amount of heat you will need should be the first thing to consider. Heat is measured in terms of British Thermal Units, or BTUs, and depending on your needs, the BTU output capabilities of the range should be considered. Higher BTUs equal more heat, faster cooking times, and greater energy consumption. Lower BTU rates mean lower heat, reduced cooking times, and less energy used.


At the end of the day, you want a commercial gas range that will achieve your menu objectives as efficiently as possible. Additional options to consider are cheesemelters and salamanders for holding or finishing off certain items. Casters and caster ramps can allow you to move your range for quick cleaning. And storage bases can help your foodservice establishment maximize the oven’s footprint in terms of usage.

Looking for a new commercial range for your Washington, D.C. restaurant?

Contact Alto-Hartley today to learn more about what you should consider when purchasing a commercial gas range oven. As the leading commercial restaurant equipment supplier in the Metro DC area, we can provide both the design consultation or pricing information you’ll need to make an informed decision.