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Designing Your Commercial Kitchen

Designing Your Commercial Kitchen

The kitchen should be considered the heart of your restaurant or cafe. Factors that can determine the success of your restaurant/café, such as food quality, lead time and order efficiency rely heavily of the strategic design of your kitchen’s layout.

To optimise the flow of food production, commercial kitchens should not be using the same design principles of domestic kitchens, as they serve a completely different set of criteria.

Of the many fundamental aspects to consider when designing or refurbishing your commercial kitchen, we recommend first considering what your commercial kitchen will require. In most cases, you will need:

• Dry storage
• Refrigerated storage
• Freezer storage
• Food preparation station
• Designated cooking space
• Service area
• Dish pit/wash-up area

Commercial Kitchen Design

Helpful Tips

1. Research Local Health Codes

By obtaining the required permits for your food service operation, you’ll ensure your business has a firm foundation. Every state and local area has its own codes, so it’s best to familiarize yourself with them prior to designing your space. Topics such as ventilation, waste storage and lighting should be addressed in this stage of planning. A good starting point is the New Zealand Food Standards Code, which can be downloaded here. Alternately, you may enquire directly with your local public health department to find more information on applicable regulations for food service industries.

Woman in Commercial Kitchen

2. Know Your Menu

Creating processes to execute each dish will help shape your design in that it will determine which appliances and tools your kitchen requires. In this stage of planning, you can ensure your staff has ample counter space to work. For example, food preparation should be positioned between storage and the cooking area to achieve the ideal flow. When space permits, you should segregate preparation into different processes. Meaning, raw meat/fish prep, vegetable prep, poultry and desert will each have different preparation stations. Understanding the space and tools your kitchen requires will allow you to streamline food preparation processes. But if you find yourself in a tight situation and need help to create extra work space (most of us do), not to worry! Check out Brayco’s Stainless Steel Over Bench Shelves –

3. Involve the Chef & BOH Staff

A haphazardly designed kitchen ultimately creates obstacles for your chef and back-of-house team. When possible, involve your team in the design process so their skills and expertise may be utilised. Input from the kitchen and BOH staff will help you determine the ideal placement of appliances and kitchen tools, therefore creating a smooth kitchen flow that will make your cooking and clean-up routines seamless.

Choosing Your Layout

Different layouts suit different types of restaurants. Here we’ll look at the suitability standards for each type.

Restaurant Kitchen Layout Ideas

Which Floor Plan is Best for Fast Food?

Fast food outlets work best with a centralised strip serving the assembly line. The assembly-line configuration is ideal for kitchens that need to serve a large quantity of people quickly. Under this model, kitchen equipment is situated in a line with the food preparation station at one end and the service station on the other, which encourages the quick production of food by sending it down the line. This layout works particularly well for restaurants with a limited menu, such as pizza or sandwich shops.

Which Floor Plan is Best for Catering Businesses?

Kitchens used to cater events generally have varied menus comprised of multiple courses. The zone-style layout typically works best. Under this blueprint, each station has its own space which allows BOH staff to divide and conquer. Restauranteurs can simply employ a specialized chef to tackle each station. Each workstation should have its own allocated area which usually requires a large and open working kitchen space, so this model does not suit small kitchens.

Café: Small spaces with few staff members benefit from an open design. An open kitchen layout allows your team to maximise a small space. An increasingly popular model consists of a glass partition between the service area and guest seating, which allows guests to see all the action. You can even create a chef’s table by placing bar stools by the kitchen. This gives your guests a unique and special experience while you are maximizing your venue’s potential. It’s no surprise that small spaces can be tricky to fit out, which is precisely why Brayco carries such a wide range of products in a large number of sizes, with speciality ranges to fit corners and the narrowest spaces.

Which Floor Plan is best for Large Restaurants? The island-style commercial kitchen layout features a central “command centre” or passthrough point for all dishes, which facilitates constant communication between the chef, cooks, and BOH staff. The island-style design is typically comprised of cooking equipment at its centre, while storage units, food prep and washing stations are located along its perimeter. This set up is ideally suited for restaurants with lots of kitchen space.

Restaurant Commercial Kitchens

Where to buy Commercial Kitchen Furniture

Brayco supplies commercial kitchen benches, sinks, cabinets, shelving systems and much more. Products are supplied flat pack for easy delivery. Assembly is a breeze and sales staff are on hand to give advice if needed.
With over 450 products, Brayco is sure to have what you need, as most products come in a variety of shapes and sizes with many customisable to suit your requirements.
It’s not hard to understand why so many restauranteurs are opting for stainless steel cabinetry, countertops and accessories – it’s super sleek, ultra-hygienic and enhances the overall look of your kitchen.

About Ordering from Brayco

Brayco deliver across New Zealand. You’ll find the showroom in Auckland, which you’re welcome to visit.
Office hours are as follows: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
Chrissy Hutching is your contact in the New Zealand office.
She’d be glad to share her expertise with you and has been helping Brayco’s New Zealand customers since 2008.

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Tolix Chair: What Are They?

Tolix Chair: What Are They?

Tolix Chairs are a classic style of chair that has been around for a long time. Both at home and abroad, you’ve most likely sat in a Tolix chair in your favourite pub or restaurant.

Tolix chairs are trusted by the US Army and are common in restaurants and cafés, bars and public spaces. Tolix chairs have been featured in interior design publications worldwide and are a must-have in designer kitchens. Visit Replica Tolix range for more info.

Tolix Chair NZ


Who invented the Tolix Chair?

Xavier Pauchard, a sheet metal craftsman by trade, set out to develop chairs that would withstand the elements while appealing to retail and restaurant owners as a fashionable addition to their businesses.

The stackable chair “Chaise A” debuted in the mid-1930s, and “Monsieur X,” as Pauchard was known, developed the prototype to construct it with a few adjustments.

In addition to providing restaurant and cafe owners with robust, balanced, and aesthetic cafe furniture, Xavier Pauchard identified a quick solution to a real problem. Tolix has become synonymous with ease of use.
The “Chaise A,” Tolix’s initial chair design, has been revised since its inception and is extremely popular in Australia and New Zealand.
The renowned “Fauteuil D” stool has stood the test of time as a timeless design that may be utilised everywhere.

How does Tolix Style differ from other styles?

A Tolix chair, or any Tolix design that seats people, is made of high-quality, rust-resistant metal that has been galvanised by immersing it in molten zinc.

The “X” design that acts as a structure for the chair’s seat gives Pauchard his nickname. As a result, your frame will be robust and stable.
In Pauchard’s day, a single chair was made utilising 100 time-consuming methods. Developments in machinery and technology have, of course, altered the manufacturing process.

Xavier Paurchard’s Replica Tolix Chairs

You may wonder why replica tolix chairs are so widely available.
The fact is that the concepts of Xavier Pauchard were never patented, which was a common omission at the time. Despite its ups and downs, the Tolix design has been copied all over the world for decades.

The Manufacturing Process of Tolix Chairs

Even while good design never goes out of style, copies that do not conform to the highest requirements of quality materials can not hold up in busy kitchens. A Tolix chair can cost up to three times what you’d expect to pay to upgrade your living space, depending on where you purchase. This sets Brayco apart from the competitors.

We attempt to deliver the highest quality products at the most reasonable pricing, all of which are designed to last in hectic restaurant environments. Tolix chairs are sourced by Brayco from reputable manufacturers who adhere to strict criteria. Because they cut out the middlemen, Brayco can provide you with the best quality at the best price.

Are Tolix Chairs Suitable for Outdoor Use?

Tolix chairs are easy to clean and maintain. However, they are not intended for outdoor use. The air chair is composed of weather-resistant plastic and is a superior choice for outdoor use.

Is it possible to sit in a Tolix chair and be comfortable?

Tolix chairs provide the appropriate level of comfort for the job. Its popularity would have waned long ago if their function didn’t match customer needs. Varied colour possibilities, various materials, such as wood, and rounded corners for child safety are among the new design components that do not jeopardise the chair’s lifetime.

Which Tolix chair is the most comfortable?

The amount of time it takes to service a customer determines the user’s or company owner’s comfort level. Tolix chairs come in a variety of forms and materials, and can be used in a variety of domestic situations, such as kitchens, living rooms, and home offices.

What exactly is a Tolix Stool, and how do you use it?

For commercial use surrounding bar areas, Tolix bar stools were well-known at hotels, bars, and outdoor bars. In industrial kitchens, home bar spaces, and modern designs, they blend space with an ambient look. Tolix stools are distinguished by their solidity and balanced form.

Tolix Chairs Come in What Colors and Designs?

Pauchard Tolix designs are available in various styles, from chairs to tables and stools, from Brayco. Many of our seats come in up to eight distinct colour combinations, ensuring that you’ll find the ideal Tolix chair to match your cafe or restaurant. You can choose from a large range of chair and barstool heights in each of the three categories to suit your needs. To give your venue that special touch, there are many various table tops to pick from. Checkout Chairforce Tolix chairs to learn more.

Where to buy Tolix Chair’s in New Zealand

Harry Bray, Brayco’s director, promises his clients a top-notch, cost-effective experience with no compromises on quality or prices.

Brayco keeps its warehouses stocked and welcomes both businesses and people to shop there.

Visit our Auckland showroom to see if the Tolix chair range might be an excellent addition to your venue.

Shop online or speak with one of their helpful customer service specialists about your needs. Choose your Tolix furniture from our large range with confidence, and it will be delivered to your home.

With New Zealand-wide shipping and in-store pickup, you might have your Tolix chair this week.

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Epoxy vs Chrome shelving – which is best for you?

Epoxy vs Chrome shelving – which is best for you?

Wire shelving units are a visually pleasing and budget friendly option for both businesses and homeowners. Chrome and Epoxy are the most common types of wire shelving units due to their durability, versatility and large load capacity. However, figuring out which option is best suited for you can be confusing. When looking to buy shelving units, it is important to recognise your primary use for the product, and consider, then assess which option is best for you. Here’s few important variables to consider when choosing racking:

  • Load capacity – what is going to be stored on the shelf?
  • Environment of your space, cold, dry/wet, outside / inside?
  • Size /shape of the room – e.g. display, coolroom, garage
  • Assembly – can i do it myself?

So what’s the difference?

Chrome Wire Shelving 

Although chrome shelving is usually the slightly more expensive option, it is commonly considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing. This is primarily due to the smooth texture and reflective silver surface. This sleek look is also amplified by the poles sitting within the shelving, creating a streamline appearance. This makes chrome shelving ideal for locations where it will be on display, such as showrooms or retail stores. They are also commonly used in array of commercial environments such as storerooms, kitchens, and offices. Chrome shelving not only looks good, but is incredibly well made and very sturdy. However, it is also important to consider that chrome shelving is only suitable for dry environments where this is no humidity or dampness.

Epoxy Wire Shelving

Epoxy shelving is cheaper and provides a sleek alternative look to chrome shelving. It is also incredibly versatile as it has a temperature range of 0°C to 300°C and can be used in both wet and dry environments. The rubberised coating allows for it to be water resistant, which protects against rust and corrosion. This makes Epoxy perfect for environments that may be wet, damp, humid or those that fluctuate often in temperature. Some common uses for epoxy shelving units include coolrooms, garages, sheds, food storage and warehouses. Epoxy also prevents the buildup of bacteria, ensuring that it is a safe storage option against germs. In conjunction with this, epoxy is resistant to chemical exposure which is important if using a range of chemicals within the food service industry.

What do you need to consider before making a purchase?


Both chrome and epoxy shelving have the potential to be strong, but this varies greatly from brand to brand. When shopping for your shelving it is essential to consider the load capacity of each shelf and the thickness of the steel used. It is worth taking the time to compare brands, even if they look the same a closer examination will show a difference in quality.
(We would like to add here that Brayco uses a thicker diameter of steel than most competitors, so they are very sturdy and have a large loading capacity of 150kg per shelf.) As with any shelf unit, it is also necessary to note that it is important to ensure that the weight is distributed evenly across the shelf to avoid excessive stress on your shelf and for safety when used for storage of larger loads.


For high moisture or cool rooms you will need to choose the epoxy shelving with the rubberised coating. These are idea for garage, coolrooms, even for such locations as a bottle shop storage or wine cellar.
Look for adjustable feet as many floors are uneven and this useful feature will guarantee optimal stability of the shelving.
Looking for a mobile unit? Opt for castors. These create versatility and portability, but your overall load capacity is reduced so consider the use and suitability before choosing to go mobile. Perfect to store table linen, that can to be moved to and from the dining room for a convenient storage/delivery unit. Or use an epoxy unit for pool towels that can be wheeled inside at the end of the day.


Are you just looking for one unit, or to fill a whole wall, or even 2 or 3?
This shelving is easily tailored to each customer’s space and needs with the new S hook accessory. Create straight, L or U configurations which allow for no corner posts for more space and better access.Simply hook the S hook onto the end of each shelf and hang the next shelf onto it, no end poles needed. S hooks are available in chrome and epoxy to match each type of shelving.
Add shelf dividers to the end of each bay to keep your load from falling off the end – a handy accessories to look for when choosing your unit.


A distinct advantage of both chrome and epoxy units is the simple assembly. The unique clip design allows a shelf to be located anywhere along the height of the pole, and any number of shelves added.
These best-selling wire shelving kits come complete with everything needed to quickly create extra storage space (4 shelves included). Shelving units can be assembled in minutes.  Add as many shelves as you like!
Simply snap the black clips in position on the uprights, then drop the shelf over the uprights onto the clips and press into place, no tools are required. Your hardest task will be making sure the 4 clips are at the same height so the shelf is level, this is an easy fix by counting the conveniently placed grooves in the poles and ensuring each clip is fixed to the same height.

Brayco has an extensive range of sizes available for both epoxy and chrome from 457 to 1524mm wide in 1800mm height, with extras including castors, extra shelves, s hooks and shelf dividers.

For the full range of Brayco wire shelving including all sizes and pricing, click the link

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Cleaning & Disinfection of Stainless Steel For Covid19

Cleaning & Disinfection of Stainless Steel For Covid19

For the hospitality sector, Covid19 has added a slew of new controls. As we return to a semblance of normalcy,

Here are a few important points to consider when washing stainless steel to maintain normalcy in our industry.

Cleaning is necessary before disinfecting your stainless steel benches because organic matter and debris will reduce the disinfectant’s ability to destroy germs. The most powerful way to stop the COVID-19 virus from spreading is to use a mixture of both.

Disinfection and cleaning are two distinct processes:

  • Cleaning refers to physically scraping germs, soil, and organic matter from the surface.
  • Disinfection is the process of killing germs on objects with chemicals.

1. General Cleaning Methods

The most successful day-to-day cleaning system for stainless steel is a mild detergent and hot water.

Remember to clean or scrub the benchtop with the grain to help reduce cracks and scratches.

2. Disinfecting

Stainless steel can only be disinfected with alcohol disinfectants. Alcohol-based disinfecting systems can contain at least 70% alcohol and can be used to scrub a wide range of surfaces, including tabletops, light switches, and cell phones.

When disinfecting surfaces and items that are regularly handled, such as handles and bench sides, extra care should be taken.

Do Not Use Bleach on Stainless Steel

Harsh bleaches can permanently ruin any stainless steel surface.
Where it comes to disinfecting stainless steel products, bleach is frequently used. However, quaternary ammonium compounds and oxygen bleach and quaternary ammonium compounds can stain or corrode the material. Please double-check the product list to make sure chlorine isn’t one of them.

Some General Points to Note

The virus is highly infectious, so it’s crucial to disinfect regularly touched surfaces correctly to prevent it from spreading. Light switches, doorknobs, handrails, kitchen appliances, desks, drawer pulls, sinks, handles, elevator buttons, keys, and remote controls are examples of often touched items that differ by location. Your employees should adhere to all current policies on the use of gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE). The gloves can be discarded after washing. For best stainless steel benches visit us today.

Useful further reading;

Download this as a printable PDF here

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Stainless Steel Cleaning Methods & Recommendations

Stainless Steel Cleaning Methods & Recommendations

Although stainless steel is a long-lasting material, there are a few easy ways to keep it clean and in good shape. Stainless steel that is well cared for will last for decades. Visit best stainless steel benches for more info.

General Cleaning Methods

1. Polish or brushed stainless steel with the grain.

This will aid in the removal of blemishes or bruises.

2. Day to Day Cleaning

A soft brush or cloth and a gentle detergent (no bleach). Rinse the surface with hot water and dry it with a clean cloth. Harsh bleaches can permanently ruin any commercial stainless steel kitchen sinks surface. It’s OK to use detergent. Stainless steel cleaners are good, but they’re still needless.

3. Deep Clean

Use methylated spirits or turpentine for a deep scrub, then rinse with clean water and dry. Apply a thin coat of olive oil and buff with a soft rag.

4. Tea and Coffee Stains

The use of boiling water and baking powder can be used to soak the infected region. Then shower and dry with fresh water.

5. Rust Marks

A patented stainless steel cleaner is recommended (such as phosphoric acid). Please treat with caution, rinsing with clean water and drying thoroughly.

6. Limescale

Soak in a 25 per cent vinegar solution in hot water, then rinse well with baking powder solution before rinsing with clean water.

7. Paint

Using a nylon brush, apply paint stripper or turpentine. Rinse well with clean water and pat off.

General Tips:

DON’T use distilled bleach, hydrochloric acid, or some other chlorine-containing cleaning product. Chlorine is a corrosive chemical on stainless steel of all forms.

Scrub with the grain of the steel, not against it.

Steel wool brushes or scourers used on ordinary steel can degrade the stainless surface and cause rust.

DO use a soft cloth and follow these instructions to ensure that your stainless steel lasts for years! for affordable stainless steel benches vist us today.

If you have any concerns, please contact our team at 09 271 5000.

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Benefits Of Stainless Steel For Commercial Kitchens & Catering

Benefits Of Stainless Steel For Commercial Kitchens & Catering

We find ourselves delivering bespoke products for many industrial kitchens as New Zealand’s leading stainless steel bench and cabinet manufacturers.

Since stainless steel is a cost-effective and dependable material, it is the most sanitary choice for kitchens.

Stainless steel offers a surface that is easy to keep sanitary in a commercial kitchen setting, rather than using a more costly metal like titanium.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Surfaces

You may have learned that in commercial kitchens and catering settings, stainless steel is essential for hygiene.

Sanitation is important in hospitality and industrial kitchens to avoid foodborne illnesses. It’s also essential to prevent cross-contamination with food with other chemicals.

The fast cleaning of stainless steel summarises its hygiene properties. Cleaning both kitchen benches and cabinets on a daily basis is standard procedure. This necessitates a high level of corrosion and cracks resistance in stainless steel.

Stainless steel surfaces lack cracks, making it difficult for soil, microbes, spores, or viruses to take root – if you don’t even own a stainless steel bench, you’ll appreciate how simple it is to clean.

Stainless steel is close to the glass in terms of cleanability. It outperforms other materials like plastic and aluminium. When all of this is taken into account, you have a surface that offers beauty, economy, longevity, and antibacterial safety. It’s no surprise that it’s a common option in restaurants and hospitality establishments all over New Zealand!

Stainless steel is an excellent material for food applications, so it’s no wonder that it’s a popular option among food companies.

Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistance

It has a long lifespan due to its corrosion resistance. This is due in part to the non-porous quality of the material.

Although stainless steel is a strong and robust material, it is also soft enough to be easily moulded into whatever shape is needed, making it an excellent choice for kitchen benches and sinks.

Stainless Steel Types – 304, 316 and 430

You may now be asking which stainless steel style is better for your commercial kitchen.

The most widely used steel surfaces for production are stainless steel types 304, 316, and 430.

More information on stainless steel forms can be found in our article: Affordable stainless steel benches NZ

Stainless Steel Types For Restaurant Kitchens & Hospitality

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Commercial Kitchen – Cabinets, Benches & Shelving Layout

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Commercial Kitchen – Cabinets, Benches & Shelving Layout

The five key components of a commercial kitchen

It’s critical to consider the needs that the kitchen must meet, as well as the equipment required to meet those needs when designing a commercial kitchen space. You would be able to plan the commercial kitchen layout more efficiently if you know what elements need to fit into the room from the beginning of the design process. Every commercial restaurant kitchen needs at least one stainless steel bench. The following are the five elements of a commercial kitchen:

The key to your success as a food business is in the kitchen design.

  1. Storage
  2. Food Preparation
  3. Cooking Station
  4. Food Service
  5. Washing
five key components of a commercial kitchen

The key to your success as a food business is in the kitchen design.

All must be prepared well before you open your restaurant since a good design would help your kitchen work smoothly and efficiently. Everyone knows you need good people, good appliances, and a chef who knows what they’re doing, but the design of your commercial kitchen is also important.

The ideal kitchen style, in our view, has five facets. There are the following:

  1. Storage: Depending on the product, ingredients must be kept safe, free of contaminants, and at the proper temperature. The utensils must be readily available.

            Dry storage and cold storage are two types of storage.

               DRY STORE: In a kitchen, dry storage space or designated area is important for storing any of the ambient items that are used, whether they are tinned or canned products, foods, or fresh produce. When planning a smaller area with restricted space, kitchen wall shelves and over bench shelving are useful choices, similar to the freezer room.

               COLD STORE: Of course, a walk-in freezer shop is preferable, but when building smaller spaces, this is usually one of the luxuries to be lost. Walk-in freezer stores vary from cold stores in that they require an enclosed floor to keep the temperature at the ideal level. This is achieved by either providing an elevated floor that creates a step into space or by carving a recess in the slab that allows the freezer room’s finished surface to be flush with the adjacent floor heights, allowing trolleys to be rolled indirectly. In many cases, upright stand-alone shelving is used to increase freezer storage capacity, particularly where space is limited.

  1. Food Preparation: It’s important to separate various forms of food during preparation, whether you’re slicing onions or poultry. Sinks with additional bench space and sink covers have additional prep space in a limited work environment. Another choice is to have a central work table with over-the-bench shelving for added comfort and storage.
  2. Cooking Station: The cookline is both the heart and the engine of the kitchen. The cooking equipment’s position is critical to a smooth service, and it can be easily combined with your stainless benches. For a fast transition from prep to cook, a mix of benches and cabinets provides useful workspace and storage while holding things within easy reach.
  3. Food Service: Front-of-house employees can get to the pass quickly and safely without disturbing the kitchen flow, thanks to efficient kitchen architecture. Plates and service ware may be stored in stainless cabinets in this location, which is conveniently tucked away while not in operation.
  4. Cleaning and Washing: In a bustling kitchen, plates, bowls, and cutlery must be cleaned so that they can be reused. It’s important to provide a well-designed washroom with enough space for sorting and treating, as well as a suitable dishwasher. Combine dishwashing benches and sinks with an open lip to allow wash trays to be slid into and out of the washing machine. Before throwing the clothes in the laundry machine, add a faucet with a shower head to assist with the rinsing.

Kitchen design is a time-consuming process that can take several hours to work out the ideal style.

Come visit us in the best stainless steel benches store, and we’ll be happy to show you more choices to help you finalise your kitchen design.

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Is Stainless Steel The Perfect Material For Commercial Kitchens?

Is Stainless Steel The Perfect Material For Commercial Kitchens?

Why Use Stainless Steel in Your Kitchen?

Stainless steel is one of the most common kitchen materials today. Since it is durable, simple to sanitise, and corrosion resistant to various acids present in foods, milk, fruits, and vegetables, it is used in anything from appliances to cookware, dishware, flatware, and utensils.

Commercial kitchens are the busiest locations in the hospitality industry, according to Brayco. There is no respite from the rush from morning to night. This necessitates greater productivity and the most hygienic environment possible, as well as incredibly long-lasting appliances.

The impermeable surface of stainless steel avoids moisture accumulation and subsequent oxidation. Most notably, stainless steel is a good material to use for food and beverages because it has no toxins that can leach into the food.

Food-grade work tables, sinks, shelving, shelves, and cool and dry storage are all stainless-steel elements of a commercial kitchen.

Brayco Stainless Steel Products

  • Stainless Steel Benches
  • Stainless Steel Cabinets
  • Stainless Steel Sinks, 1,2 & 3 bowl
  • Stainless Steel Wall Mounted Sinks
  • Stainless Steel Taps
  • Stainless Knee Operated Sinks
  • Stainless Steel Wall Shelves
  • Stainless Steel Dishwasher Compatible Sinks and Benches
  • Stainless Steel Trolleys
  • Stainless Steel 4 Tier Shelf Units

Stainless Steel: Composition and Types

The term “stainless steel” refers to a group of iron-based alloys that contain at least 10.5 per cent chromium. It’s a mixture of iron and other metals in various proportions.

304 Stainless Steel

In industrial applications, this is the most common stainless steel form. It is composed of 65 per cent iron, 18 per cent chromium, and 8% nickel as main components.

It is in high demand due to its non-magnetic properties. As compared to carbon steel and standard steel, this alloy has a lower heat and electricity conductivity. It can tolerate water’s corrosive effects from chlorides and other minerals. Because of these characteristics, 304 stainless steel is stress corrosion resistant and therefore break-resistant.

These steels are also resistant to a wide variety of environmental, chemical, and food-processing exposures. Architectural mouldings and trim, medical equipment, kitchen equipment, and food processing are all popular applications.

The majority of our Brayco products are made of 304 stainless steel, which is extremely durable, corrosion-resistant, and simple to clean.

On the seats, 1.2mm thick 304 steel provides reliability and durability.

430 Stainless Steel

This alloy has higher iron content and very little nickel. It is made up of 80 per cent copper, 16-18 per cent chromium, and 3% non-iron metals. It falls into the ferritic group of steels – magnetic – due to its high iron content. It is corrosion resistant and does not react with nitric acid. 430 steel is well suited to vehicle trim and moulding, furnace combustion chambers, dishwashers, range hoods, gas burners on heating systems, gutters and downspouts because of these critical properties.

431 Since it contains very little nickel, it has a lower corrosion resistance (it is more likely to rust than 304 but still high quality). It does not have the same resistance to pitting caused by dilute reducing acids as 304-grade steel.

NB: Nickel improves stainless steel’s corrosion resistance. As a result, the higher the nickel content, the more corrosion resistant the stainless steel.

Frequently Asked Stainless Steel Questions

Are all stainless steel food grade?

The most famous kind of stainless steel. 304 is stainless steel that is used in kitchens all around the world.

Some classes are more suited to maritime use, cutlery, and food storage containers.

For your kitchen, there are several different types of food-grade stainless steel choices. If you’re looking for food-grade containers or food-grade pots and pans, make sure the steel is of good quality before you buy.

Difference between 304 and 430

The term “grade” refers to the consistency, longevity, and temperature tolerance of stainless steel. The key distinction is the stainless steel structure and the sum of chromium and nickel in the component.

304-grade stainless steel, unlike grade 430 stainless steel, contains a significant amount of nickel, making it more corrosion resistant and especially suited for harsh environments.

Stainless steel 304 is non-magnetic, while stainless steel 430 has strong magnetic properties. After being usually weldable, some ferritic steel grades are susceptible to weld heat-affected zone sensitisation and weld metal hot cracking.

The inclusion of nickel in 304 makes it more rust-resistant as well as easier to click and draw. Since grade 430 stainless steel lacks nickel, it is more prone to break or fail entirely than 304-grade stainless steel.

Crevice Corrosion – On 430-grade steel, periodic disassembly and cleaning out of all places where crevice corrosion may occur is suggested. Protective films on stainless steel kitchen appliances can break down, and rust can set in as small crevices and other “nooks and crannies” get packed with solutions that can’t easily escape. The trapped solution becomes more and stronger as evaporation and refilling alternate, speeding up the corrosion process. Crevice corrosion also affects gaskets, washers, sharp corners, overlaps, and flanges.

304 is more costly, while 430 is significantly less so.

Is stainless steel rust-free?

If exposed to unsuitable conditions, no stainless steel component is fully rust-free. However, if properly treated, the 304 stainless steel used in Brayco products is almost entirely resistant to corrosion.

Why use stainless steel

The material has extremely valuable technical characteristics that make it especially desirable for use in the advanced kitchens of great chefs, in addition to weather tolerance and hence the tendency to rust. It is, in reality, as follows:

  • Long-lasting
  • Biologically pure
  • 100% recyclable
  • Easy to clean

Since stainless steel is simple to clean and biologically inert, as well as being an eco-friendly commodity that is 100 per cent recyclable, it is the prefered material for hygiene in both domestic and commercial kitchen environments. An everlasting substance, one that is both attractive and practical, and one that ages gracefully without losing any of its qualities.

Why choose Brayco Stainless Steel?

Brayco has created a wide collection of professional-grade, completely modular kitchen tables, sinks, shelves, and shelving by combining the expertise of experienced stainless steel craftsmen with our 15 years of industry experience.

For over 15 years, our stainless steel goods have been a hit with our customers. Why not visit us the best stainless steel benches at one of our locations around New Zealand and get some assistance from our helpful staff?