Manchester's Solita buys new C0 device for charcoal grill

S&S Northern has installed state-of-the-art carbon monoxide monitoring equipment at the new Didsbury site of Manchester restaurant Solita.

The company’s Merlin 1750 Solid Fuel Safety system, which has just been launched in the market, will ensure that any CO given off by the charcoal grill in the restaurant is monitored to keep staff and customers safe.

If levels of CO become harmful, the system will alert chefs and the grill will be extinguished and ventilation levels increased.

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The Solita restaurant in Didsbury offers a similar menu to its sister restaurant in the Northern Quarter in Manchester, including burgers, steaks, grilled fish and charcoal grilled chicken.

Owner Franco Sotgiu, who also has a business that distributes the Inka grill in the UK, says the Merlin 1750 system enables it to cook safely and legally over charcoal.

“At present there is no official guideline from the Health and Safety Executive with regard to charcoal cooking, however working closely with S&S Northern and the manufacturers of our grills, Inka, we have full confidence that our system exceeds any future legislation.”

Sotgiu says that S&S Northern’s leadership in gas interlocks persuaded it to use the company when it heard they were trialling a CO system, while the fact they are a local company “sealed the deal”.

He added: “The S&S Northern engineers worked throughout the night to install the system as our build schedule was very tight. All testing was carried out without any stress to our chefs who were happy to demonstrate their skills with the Inka to the engineers with a non-stop supply of charcoal grilled steak sandwiches, burgers and sausages!”

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