What’s a BTU and How Many Do You Need?
When we buy some appliances, we check to see if it fits our specifications, brand reliability, and of course the price. Many items from air conditioners to gas ranges are rated by BTU, the British Thermal Unit.
What’s a BTU?
British thermal units (BTU or Btu) are the units that measure the heat given off by your gas burner. One BTU will raise the heat of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
Your stove at home probably has about 7,000 BTUs per burner, and that is adequate for most homes. A heavy-duty range in a restaurant may have 35,000 BTUs per burner or more, depending on the requirements for each specific application.
Note: When you buy a range hood, it’s important to know how many BTUs they are rated to handle. Don’t buy a hood that is inadequate for your needs.
If your cooking requires a lot of high-heat seared foods like steaks, you’ll want to make sure your burners and ovens can put out lots of power. If you do a lot of simmering, soups for example, you may be better with a lower BTU range. Energy costs are a major consideration for every business, but especially restaurants.