Restaurants that need to heat up a few pans of sauce or soup every day but do not need a full-size stove should consider smaller countertop hot plates. These units can be either gas or electrically powered with various numbers of burners to accommodate your specific needs. As with many other pieces of kitchen equipment, commercial hotplates can be run on either gas or electricity. If you need an electrically powered model, several voltage configurations are available to suit your current utility hookup. For gas models, be sure to verify that the gas inlet is compatible with your kitchen’s main gas line.
You will also want to check the overall size of the unit to make sure there is enough counter space available. The width (or depth for some models) will determine the number of burners each unit has. Generally, there are two burners per every twelve inches of length. Some units even have a tiered or step-up design in which the rear burners are higher than the ones in front. This allows the user to more easily access pans on the back burners.