When it comes to gas and the gas appliances in your restaurant or institutional kitchen, what can be more than safety? The reasons are obvious. In fact, you know you can't afford to have your kitchen facility not meet the standards of applicable safety codes. So, when you need to connect your appliances to the gas supply, it only makes sense to use a Blue Hose gas connector. Not only because of its excellent reputation, but more importantly because of its track record for safety, reliability, innovation, and performance. It's no exaggeration to say that the Blue Hose is the gold standard in gas connectivity. It was the world's first commercial kitchen gas connector, invented more than 40 years ago at Dormont Manufacturing, the company that led the development to the standard that which all food service gas connectors must comply. And with millions of installations and counting, no other gas connector comes anywhere near the Blue Hose and its status as the preferred and specified product in food service. Today's Blue Hose is the result of continuous improvement, with impressive design features unheard of when it was originally introduced. Features like tightly woven stainless steel braid that prevents the corrugations from stretching when the gas equipment is moved; the heavy-duty stainless steel corrugated tubing that gives the Blue Hose superb bending qualities and long life; anti-microbial PVC coating for helping to prevent grease build-up and to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew, a coating that won't shrink even in the high temperature environment behind kitchen gas equipment; and Stress Guard, rotational end fittings that reduce stress at the connector ends and even make it easier to install the Blue Hose. Because of these and other features, the blue hose offers a host of benefits in addition to safety: increased mobility, higher kitchen productivity, and cleaner kitchens. Did you know that the Blue Hose is made in Export, Pennsylvania at a manufacturing facility right outside of Pittsburgh and that it carries a lifetime warranty? There's another very important aspect of Dormont hose and gas connectors that you should know about. The highly innovative gas connector accessories that, when used with the Blue Hose, make commercial kitchens even safer and more efficient and productive. SnapFast, the only one-handed, push-to-connect, quick disconnect available in the food service industry. Designed specifically for commercial kitchens, SnapFast makes moving gas equipment for cleaning and maintenance exceptionally easy, because only one hand is needed to reconnect it to the appliance. Plus, SnapFast includes a thermal shut-off feature that automatically shuts off the gas when the internal temperature exceeds 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Dormont's Swivel MAX multi-plane rotational device is another remarkable connector accessory designed by Dormont engineers. Used on either one end of the Blue Hose or both, this unique device gives the Blue Hose full 360 degree range of motion. It reduces stress on the gas connector, makes moving appliances so much easier for cleaning and maintenance, and expands aisle space, because gas equipment can be moved closer to walls. The Swivel MAX is an excellent solution in situations where the gas manifold is situated in a low, or other non-ideal location. Another connector accessory exclusive to Dormont is the Safety Quik, a truly unique device that does the work of both a quick disconnect and shut-off valve. A cleverly designed, all-in-one device, it prevents the gas connector from being disconnected until the valve handle is turned to shut-off the valve. And it will not allow the valve to be opened until the Blue Hose is reconnected to Safety Quik. It also includes an automatic thermal shut-off feature designed to activate between 250 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Dormont's Safety-Set is a highly effective positioning system for returning caster-mounted equipment to its correct location after being moved for cleaning or maintenance. This is important, because equipment needs to be positioned properly beneath fire suppression and kitchen ventilation systems. Safety-Set satisfies national fire protection codes 17A and 96, which are being enforced increasingly across the country. Safety-Set will withstand up to 1000 lb. of crushed force, and unlike other positioning systems, it has an open floor design. That means that the caster wheels sit directly on the floor, not on any part of the positioning system, eliminating the need to relevel the appliance. Safety-Set accommodates 4", 5", and 6" casters. So when it comes to connecting your food service gas appliance, connect with confidence. Don't take a risk, especially when you consider all that Blue Hose gas connectors can offer. And especially consider the exceptional benefits you get with Dormont connector accessories: improved safety, productivity, efficiency, cleanliness, and space. Learn more about Dormont's Blue Hose family of connectors and accessories and its other new lines of food service products at dormont.com.
With innovative technology that's leading the industry, the Blue Hose has become a standard in many food service operations across the country. Learn more about its benefits, features, and accessories by checking out this introductory video, and start ensuring that your business is safe and up to code with Blue Hose!