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protection - small specialty freezers

protection - small specialty freezers

(OP)
I have always installed dry pendent or dry sidewall heads to protect walk-in-coolers and freezers. These units typically come in insulated panel construction and are assembled on site and become a permanent part of the building.
I have a situation which the client is also installing a couple small "blast chillers" in the kitchen to obtain a quick freeze of the food product. The units have a space that a cart can roll up into the blast chiller that is approximately 3 feet x 8 feet.
Basically the kitchen staff opens the door, rolls the cart with the food product on it up into the opening, then closes the door and sets the timer based on the food product.
Could a person walk into the opening, Yes. Would they typically do that, most likely no because of the space, unless they had a smaller rolling cart, which defeats the purpose of the utilizing the space of the "blast chiller".
Are these "blast chillers" portable? They are a piece of equipment, so yes they can be disconnected from the utilities that feed them, so the equipment could be relocated in another location within the kitchen space. They would need a contractor to move them, just like if they relocated other commercial kitchen equipment within the kitchen space.

Should we install a fire sprinkler in this small space? I would like some input from other professionals. Thanks

RE: protection - small specialty freezers

3x8

By how high???

RE: protection - small specialty freezers

(OP)
The blast chiller unit is approximately 87 inches in height with the legs. The door is approximately 30 inches x 72 inches.

RE: protection - small specialty freezers

I am thinking, with out seeing it, it is more a piece of equipment

No sprinklers

More like a reach in cooler

RE: protection - small specialty freezers

Also seems like this is used for a purpose [blast chiller] and not for long term storage like a cooler or freezer so much of the time the unit will be empty.

While it doesn't seem this is enshrined in the codes and standards it would seem sprinklers are not required.

RE: protection - small specialty freezers

It's an appliance and it doesn't require sprinkler protection.

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