Common Questions About Vulcan Steam Kettles
What controls do Vulcan steam kettles have?
Electric and gas Vulcan kettles have similar controls with a power on/off rock switch. An amber light shines when the power is on, and a separate amber light turns on when the heating element is operating. If insufficient water is supplied and the sensing probe has shut off power to the burners and controls, a red low-water indicator alerts the operator. Gas models have an additional red indicator light for ignition failure.
These Vulcan steam kettles have thermostats that regulate the temperature, operating from warm to boil. Vacuum pressure gauges indicate the vacuum and pressure inside the kettle, enabling you to check these levels and remove air if the kettle is too cold. If the Vulcan kettle tilts, its controls will include a manual crank mechanism that enables you to tilt the kettle where you want it before locking itself in place.
Do Vulcan kettles have any special features?
Ellipsoidal bottoms improve heat transfer in the kettles, enabling you to prepare large volumes of broth, stew, and soup in two-third-jacketed and fully jacketed models. Gallon and liter marks inside Vulcan steam-jacketed kettles help you accurately measure ingredients as you add them into the product to ensure consistency. Because these markings are embossed, they will not wear off over time.
How do you clean a Vulcan steam-jacketed kettle?
Both the interior and exterior should be thoroughly washed between different products or at the end of the day, and if the Vulcan kettle is continuously used throughout the day, it should be cleaned every 12 hours. Before cleaning or servicing the kettle, users should disconnect it from any electrical power and allow it to cool.
To start the cleaning process, empty the Vulcan steam kettle, close the draw-off valve, and fill the unit with fresh cleaning water. Adding water prevents residue from drying and sticking to the kettle's interior. You can use mild non-bleach, non-chlorine detergents along with a nylon brush to remove buildup in Vulcan steam-jacketed kettles. If food is stuck inside the kettle, you can let the water and cleaning solution soak on a low-temperature setting to loosen it. After emptying the cleaning water, the kettle needs to be wiped thoroughly with a soft cloth. Cleaning the exterior of a Vulcan kettle is a much shorter process, as it just needs to be rinsed and dried with a soft cloth.
Because they can damage the material, you should never use corrosive or harsh cleaning chemicals on your kettle. Scraping a Vulcan kettle interior with abrasive cleansers, steel scouring pads, and metal tools will scratch the surface, creating crevices that prevent thorough cleaning and ruin its appearance.