Okay so a question I get asked a lot: What tank should I get for my oven cleaning business. A gas one or an electric one?
In this post I am going to talk through the two and why you might want to consider either. You may be that man who wants to use gas.
Oh there is another system - that doesn't use gas or electricity - it does the same thing - keeps solution hot in dip tank to dip oven bits in. I'll give you a heads up on that too.
Well as you probably know I use an electric oven cleaning dip tank. I've been using one since I started the business in 2004. It has worked fine with no major problems. I had a standard tank that I purchased from the company that I trained with. They had been using this tank for six years and had come up with a design that didn't leak. I used this tank design and then developed my own. My new tank design is in the video below.
So benefits of an electric tank:
1. Saves you a lot of time in the daytime, as once it's heated up you don't need to do anything else to the tank during the day. You don't have to spend time checking, for example, checking, or worrying, that your gas supply is shut off.
2. Saves time on each job as you don't need to stay with the van or have someone working with you who looks after the tank whilst you are in the house cleaning the oven.
But I'm not sure if I'd still be oven cleaning if I'd ended up with a gas system. And I say ended up with as when I started looking at oven cleaning as a business to add on to my Home Cleaning Agency I didn' t have a clue about the process. That's probably where you are now. Are you?
When I went to see the training company before doing the course they didn't mention what tank they were using. I never thought to ask. I didn't even know about dip tanks. The thought didn't even cross my mind. I didn't know the benefits or why you needed a tank etc. I didn't even though you needed a dip tank!
So it wasn't until I went on from the course that I saw the tank and I took the system they trained me on and used that.Its kinda like having driving lessons and buying the exact same car that you passed your test in
So it took me a while to realise that other people were using another dip tank or system to heat up their solution to dip oven bits in.
I think it was the comments on this blog by other business owners asking how i did my cleans so fast. Or franchisees of well know franchises turning up in our office to find out how we did it. LOL!
I don't think I would have coped that well with a gas system. Or if I had seen it before even starting an oven cleaning business I think it I probably wouldn't have gone any further with the idea. Why?
1. I would have said this is you need this system if you want to use a Bio or Eco product in your tank solution which means you can be that pure eco person. But a couple of things have changed my view on this. I know of an oven cleaning business using bio products in their plastic electric dip tank.
Well two main issues:
1. Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
2. Potential danger from escaping gas igniting.
Well I all too familiar with the effects, or should I say potential lethal effects, of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Because back in 1992, I nearly died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. (The gas produced from something burning).
I was still in the Royal Air Force, I was living in North Wales in a cottage. That cottage had a coal fire boiler to heat the central heating. I noticed that it was smoking a lot on start up. That is I used coal to start it, and then I put on smokeless anthracite to burn. It smoked a lot but I didn't take any notice. BIG MISTAKE.
My girlfriend stayed one night. I put the fire on to heat the house. I woke up in the morning with the worst headache ever. I walked down the stairs into the kitchen and then collapsed. Lucky for me my girlfriend dragged me by the feet outside.
We both spent 24 hours in hospital. I got the bird nest which was blocking the chimney removed. We both lived.
So how is carbon monoxide produced from a gas system in an oven cleaning van? Well the gas burner is open. It burns oxygen and produces carbon monoxide.
The van fills up with carbon monoxide. It needs to escape, as you need oxygen to breath. So you either open the windows - if you are in the van. Or open the back doors. But this leaves the burner to the elements and is unsafe. Or of course you have an extraction fan in the roof of the van.
But why worry about this?
So the potential gas igniting problem. You can say that this doesn't happen or else you'd hear about it a lot. Well if you had an oven cleaning company would you want people to know that the van had exploded because of igniting gas and that this was caused by badly maintained equipment.
To be continued....