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Old 10-18-2007, 02:16 PM   #21
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They must be low budget restaurants. My wife runs a restaurant at the high school she works at and they use all stainless. I'm pretty sure that it's a durability issue though. Aluminum is much softer than SS.

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Old 10-18-2007, 03:22 PM   #22
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The two-star I work in uses aluminum pots... their just easier to handle and store in tight spaces.

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Old 10-18-2007, 03:25 PM   #23
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Better heat conductivity with aluminum, too. The fact that a school spent more taxpayer money from their budget for stainless steel doesn't mean anything to me!

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:05 PM   #24
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Can you get an aluminum pot with a layered bottom to transfer the heat evenly like stainless pots?

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:07 PM   #25
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You dont need a layered bottom with an aluminum pot.

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:12 PM   #26
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I'll ask SWMBO on this one as she is sure to have an opinion. As far as the tax payer money I couldn't agree more. My property tax bill this year was over 7 grand and my kids go to private school. I just wrote the check on monday with a shaking hand. Funny thing though, they always have a bowl of suckers there at the counter at tax time. I think they are trying to tell me something.

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:41 PM   #27
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I'll ask SWMBO on this one as she is sure to have an opinion. As far as the tax payer money I couldn't agree more. My property tax bill this year was over 7 grand and my kids go to private school. I just wrote the check on monday with a shaking hand. Funny thing though, they always have a bowl of suckers there at the counter at tax time. I think they are trying to tell me something.
I work for a food & supply company and one of our largest customer base is schools ... most of them purchase aluminum. It's lighter for the old lunch-lady biddies to pick up and it's MUCH cheaper.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:46 PM   #28
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There has to be a reason why SS is still around if aluminum is better and less expensive. How can that be?

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Old 10-18-2007, 07:08 PM   #29
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There has to be a reason why SS is still around if aluminum is better and less expensive. How can that be?
The same reason BMC still sells, despite the home/craftbrewing boom. The same reason why Windows is still in use when GNU/Linux is superior in almost every way: people aren't always logical.

Seriously, for a while there was concern that aluminum was linked to Alheimers. This has pretty much been disproven, but like most urban legends they tend to have staying power. Also, certain cleaning products can be used on SS and not on aluminum and vise versa. Palmer says it best in this line from "How To Brew"

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Do not clean aluminum shiny bright or use bleach to clean an aluminum brewpot because this removes the protective oxides and can result in a metallic taste. This detectable level of aluminum is not hazardous. There is more aluminum in a common antacid tablet than would be present in a batch of beer made in an aluminum pot.
Another very real reason: people like shine. Aluminum dulls after exposure to air while SS does not (to such an extent). In restaurants where appearance matters SS would have a reputation for being "better" despite the fact that it doesn't affect cooking properties.

The final answer: Everyone's defintiion of better is different. Choice is good.
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Inertia with peoples' beliefs?
Sounds like a thing to send to the Mythbusters!

"The same reason why Windows is still in use when GNU/Linux is superior in almost every way: people aren't always logical. "

Go here if you are going to talk like that.

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