Sunfire Range: Ranges for the Real World

Garland Sunfire Range

Everyone knows that Garland cooking equipment includes a full stable of quality names in commercial stoves, including U.S. Range and Sunfire. Both those lines independently established a loyal following among chefs, but their acquisition by Garland gave them the necessary backing to take that reputation to another level. While U.S. Range provides a high-quality product for the established kitchen, a Sunfire Garland range offers a value range perfect for operators on a budget who still want cooking equipment that can stand up for the long haul.

Every Sunfire commercial range offers an extra-large, 27-inch-deep worktop cooking surface fronted by a 4-inch plate rail. With stainless steel bodies and durable control knobs, these units will give you years of service at a budget-minded price. All Sunfire ranges burn gas and come with two-piece stainless steel splashguards with removable shelves.

Though the Sunfire range series is an affordable alternative to more expensive restaurant ranges, the line still offers an impressive array of features that will help ensure you get just the piece you need. The units are available in 24-, 36- and 60-inch widths, and all of those come with at least four open-top gas burners. Each of those burners are designed with ergonomic split cast iron grates, offer 30,000-BTU-an-hour heating, include spill-proof standing pilot, and have unique full-pan debris and liquid catchers below.

Sunfire Range: Customized from Bottom to Top

The choices on a Sunfire commercial range start at the bottom, with an option as to what base will hold up your range. At the narrow end, 24-inch-wide units are available with either a Garland-specific Space Saver standard oven or a storage base. The Space Saver oven is 20 inches wide, 22 inches deep and 13 inches tall. It offers a 25,000-BTU-an-hour straight steel tube burner and a heavy-duty door with a handle specially designed to stay cool. The heat is controlled by a thermostat with a maximum temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The 36-inch model offers either storage room or a standard Sunfire oven. The standard oven features a ribbed porcelain bottom and door interior, and aluminum-clad top, sides, and back. The thermostat controls a 33,000-BTU-an-hour straight steel tube burner with a maximum setting of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The 60-inch units also offer the standard oven or storage, as well as a combined unit with both a standard oven and a storage base or the option for two ovens.

On top, Sunfire ranges offer more than just burners. Beginning with the 36-inch models, you have the option of replacing two open burners with a 12-inch griddle plate that puts out 18,000 BTUs an hour. A 414-inch-wide grease trough catches runoff, while manual high-low valve controls give cooks control over the intensity of the griddle's burner flame. The 36-inch version of the Sunfire range also offers an option for a 12-inch hot top that replaces two open burners.

Meanwhile, 60-inch units offer burners, a griddle, and a 24-inch raised griddle-broiler. That last design not only offers griddle space on top, but uses the space below it to create a broiler using heat from the griddle's burners. Combine that with six open burners, a standard oven, and a standard base, and you’ve got an all-purpose cooking station. Or throw on a griddle, six burners and two standard ovens. Or, how about a griddle-broiler, six burners and two standard ovens?

As you can see, Sunfire Range units are customizable and versatile. To further add to the ranges' versatility, all models can be put on optional casters or shipped with an extra oven rack for each oven. Finally, the splashguard that tops each unit is available with a low-profile design for fitting under low hoods or other wall-mounted equipment.