Dr of BBQ
And now I have a question regarding fire safety and Ansul systems. Who is permitted to install these systems? I am looking at $2200 for such a system installed for a 4′ exhaust hood. I can pick up a like new unit on CraigsList, with a 6′ hood for $625? Is there some mystery here for some nipple, fire bottle, switch box and nozzles? What gives? Is this something I could do with the right tools and pass muster on inspection? or do I need an authorized installer? What do you think? The wife says let em do it for the money, because she is worried regarding insurance. Help me out.
It just like the FAQ said you need to speak to your local inspector or inspectors to find out what will work in your area. If you need to have a system installed chances are you’ll need a licensed guy to do the job. But that’ doesn’t mean take the first bid. Most people around here install the hood themselves and get a Ansul System expert to do the rest so they don’t get red tagged by the fire department.
Edit to add: I bought all used parts for my Ansul system, a very clean used hood, and took it all to an Ansul Dealer and said how much to install this? He charged me $500.00. But the rate depends on how many nozzles you need and that is based on the type of equipment you have in your kitchen or under the hood. Start looking for a resturant going out of business auction in your area. You just have to look the system over and see when it was last inspected and is it a wet or dry system and which is required in your area. But I think everyone has to have a wet system now.
To keep from discharging the system (you don’t want to do that) be careful but just take the cover off the box and remove the small canister, that fires the CO2. If you buy a used system be prepared to clean it several times in order to get it ready to install.