Elta fans provide breath of fresh air for busy Devon kitchen

When publicans John Milan and Steve Bellman decided to refurb The Three Crowns Inn, they turned to Elta Fans to provide one of the most important elements of their new kitchen ventilation system.  The Three Crowns is an impressive 13th century granite inn in Chagford, a small town and thriving community on the north-east edge of Dartmoor, in Devon close to the River Teign.  John and Steve, in a joint venture with St Austell Brewery, embarked on a long-term project to restore the High Street inn to its former glory.  Refurbishment work on bedrooms in the old part of the building revealed a number of old features.  A listed staircase, dating back to 13th century, has been sympathetically restored and early, lime-plastered walls and elm floorboards have also been revealed and repaired.  The granite façade of the building, famous for its picturesque 'lean' into the street, also received some remedial attention.

The inn has a busy, popular restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner all week and seats nearly 80 diners, along with a function room that accommodates 100 people.  Not surprisingly, work included improvements to the kitchen, where the main extraction system was replaced by air conditioning contractor, Partridge Ventilation of Redruth, ably assisted by Elta Fans’ representative Mark Butler.

An Elta Fans SPP500/4/2 DCV (Demand Control Ventilation) fan was fitted, fully encased, in a system that involved special, fire-proofed ducting because of the fire hazard presented by the thatched roof of the building.  The fan is single-phase supply and so required the fitting of a 1-3 phase frequency inverter, programmed to provide minimum and maximum speeds to control duty point against noise levels.  The inverter also provides overload protection for the system and facilitates integration with the gas control panel.

Elta FansDCV system is an effective and very efficient means of ensuring that a kitchen is ventilated cost effectively while maximising air quality.  The three main elements of the system comprise the sensors, zone controller and wall controller.  Significant energy savings can be made by matching the ventilation rate to the occupancy level of a restaurant or the cooking level of a commercial kitchen.  But, as well as the amount of energy used, reductions in noise ratings, cable sizes and CO2 emissions are also easily achievable.

Three Crowns’ Manager, Mr. Andy Bonsall, has observed: “The kitchen is busier than ever and is now noticeably much, much cooler.  Working conditions are far more pleasant, not only because of the lower temperatures and improved airflow, but also because the system is much quieter than was previously the case.  And the unit and controllers are simple to understand and couldn’t be easier to use.”

Located in the middle of the pretty tin-mining town of Chagford on Dartmoor, the Three Crowns is in one of the most vibrant and interesting small towns on  Dartmoor National Park and surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty.  The Three Crowns’ menu changes daily and the chef, Tony Carr, and his team are committed to exploring the range and quality of local, fresh seasonal produce, sourcing the best meat, game and fish in the area.

Contractors, Partridge Ventilation, have specified Elta Fans’ SPP fans and worked closely with Elta Fans’ representative Mark Butler on several other prestigious kitchen installations, including Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow.

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