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Tip of the Day: Ice Machine Volume Guide

Ice machines are one of the most important pieces of equipment you can have in your establishment. Even more important is making sure your ice machine can handle the demands of your business. Take a look at these volume guides from our Ice Machines Buying Guide. These guides will give an estimate of how much ice is used based on glass and capacity, as well as foodservice location.

If you still need help on which ice machine is right for you, speak to one of our expert product consultants online or call 800-215-9293. To shop through our huge assortment of ice machines, click here!

Tip of the Day Tuesday: Buying Guides

Thinking about making a big purchase? Use buying guides to help you shop!

There are many factors to consider before selecting the right product for your business. Buying guides are a great way to research popular items, providing comparisons and valuable insight into the specific item that will offer the best solution for your establishment.

We are dedicated to helping you make the best buying decision for your business. Whether you’re in the market for a new walk-in freezer or a set of flatware, we want you to make an informed decision. We offer buying guides for every category so shoppers can learn the differences between the types  of equipment and supplies we offer, and make the best purchase specific to their needs. Browse buying guides for refrigeration, cooking equipment, food preparation, furniture, dining room, dishwashing and sanitation, pizza and concession, and shelving and carts here!

Which Pizza Oven Does My Restaurant Need?

Can we be candid for a moment? Who does not love a good pizza?! Perhaps the most common type of restaurant, pizza shops naturally need a pizza oven that fits their operations. But with so many options, how can you know you are purchasing what will fit your operation and you are getting the best value for your money? Here are some important factors to consider!


The age-old question when purchasing a pizza oven is the difference between a deck and a conveyor oven. Generally speaking, the industry has come to the consensus that deck ovens provide a better bake than conveyor ovens, but of course, there is no science to back up this claim! Major differences between deck ovens and conveyor ovens are volume, space, and amount of interaction with the product. Generally speaking, conveyor ovens are able to produce a great volume of pizzas per hour and take up more space then a deck oven, but they cut down on how much pizzas have to be touched, or moved in the baking process. Consideration of these factors will help determine the type of pizza oven that your restaurant requires!


The biggest question to consider when purchasing a pizza oven is how many pizzas you intend to cook per hour.

Low Production

Does your restaurant offer pizza, but you wouldn’t consider yourselves a pizzeria? No need to purchase a specifically pizza oven. Your convection oven will do the trick! With on average 2 to 5 racks per oven, and a cook time of less than 10 minutes depending on temperature, your convection oven should have no problem turning around 20 to 50 pizzas an hour.

Medium Production

Deck ovens are more ideal for medium production facilities such a small pizzerias because ovens hold more pizzas at a time than convection ovens, but generally have a lower output than conveyor ovens. Deck ovens come in a range of sizes with number of decks varying from 1 up to 5. Deck ovens may require that pizzas are moved during the cooking process, so it is important to keep in mind how much you would like to touch the pizzas during the cooking process.

High Production

If your restaurant’s main focus is pizza, and you do so in large quantities, conveyor pizza ovens are you answer! Conveyor pizza ovens allow a large amount of pizzas to be produced without having added labor. A helpful hint? The longer and wider the conveyor, the greater volume of product that can be cooked due to staging products to be cooked. Conveyor pizza ovens can also be stacked to further increase production without taking a larger footprint of your kitchen. Want to bake 30% faster and at a lower temperature for a truly better taste? Check out the Middleby Marshall WOW! ovens, exclusive to Central Restaurant Products! Ask a product consultant for details!

Pizza Oven



A new trend within restaurants is having an “open kitchen” where customers are able to see their food being prepared. If your restaurant does this or plans to utilize this concept, consider ovens that either genuinely allow the process to be viewed, such as a conveyor oven, or give the illusion of a brick fire oven with Marsal and Son’s line of deck ovens! These gas deck ovens function just the same, but offer a great decorative facade.




Still not sure which direction to go? We are happy to walk you through the decision process! Give us a call at 800-215-9293 to speak with one of our helpful product consultants!

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide

Happy Spring, everybody! As the weather gets warmer, that means it’s time to start looking at outdoor furniture for your restaurant. There are so many different options, that we thought we’d share some of the benefits of these types of outdoor furniture.

Aluminumaluminum chair

Aluminum is great for outdoor use. It is lightweight, yet sturdy, and best of all, it will not rust! Aluminum furniture is versatile; it coordinates well with other aluminum products as well as wood, wrought iron and even granite. It is made to endure most weather types as well, so you have less to worry about if your restaurant is in a wet environment.


Teakwood furniture adds a classy look to your outdoor furniture. Typically, teakwood teakwood chairfurniture comes with an aluminum frame or base, so it offers the same great features as aluminum, but with the additional good looks of teakwood.

One of the benefits of teakwood is that it withstands most weather types and requires little care and no preservatives or treatment of any kind to protect it from the elements. Teakwood is extremely durable as well. If you keep your teakwood outdoors, it will age to a handsome silver gray in 6 to 9 months, or you can maintain its brown color with teak oil.

Steel and Wrought Iron

Looking for something with some “oomph?” Steel and wrought iron is heavier than wrought iron chairother types of outdoor furniture, which makes it great even for windy areas. Not only does steel and wrought iron look great, but Central carries several stackable models for easy storage.

To maintain your steel and wrought iron furniture, simply wash occasionally with mild soapy water, then towel dry. Wipe furniture with a clean, dry cloth frequently. If small areas of the finish come off, you can use touch-up paint to fix it up.

Resinresin chair

Resin outdoor furniture is lightweight and stackable for convenient storage. Resin furniture is easy to keep clean with just water and a towel. It is resistant to everything from weather, like salty sea air, to stains and chlorine.

Wickerwicker chair

Another popular style is synthetic wicker. Wicker provides a light, comfortable look to your outdoor space. It is lightweight, and requires minimal maintenance as well. The synthetic wicker mimics the look of woven natural fiber. You will see a lot of outdoor sofas that use wicker for the seat and back, and come with colorful cushions to accentuate the look.

Shop Central

Now that you’ve seen what types of outdoor furniture are available, click here to check out our website to find the outdoor furniture that best fits your business! Choose from chairs to tables to chaise lounges and more! If you need assistance, our helpful product consultants are standing by to help you with your purchase. Live chat or call 1-800-215-9293.