Fantech played an instrumental role in clearing the air for Channel 10’s hit
The program gave 20 budding chefs with no professional experience the
opportunity to develop their cooking skills and become Australia’s first
But having 20 contestants cooking in a single room could create a lot of smoke
and odour that would affect both the filming quality and comfort of the
contestants and crew. To find a solution for this problem the producers,
Fremantle Media, approached Active Air Rentals.
After inspecting the MasterChef Australia set, Active Air Rentals consulted with
Peter Hanna from Fantech NSW branch to determine what fans would best suit the
Active Air Rentals National Sales Manager, Brad Sweeny, said ventilating a film
set had a few unique criteria. “Firstly, any ventilation option must be
temporary as the set will be used for other shows once filming of MasterChef
concludes. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, noise levels need to be low
as the fans must operate while filming.”
Three 630 mm diameter, adjustable pitch axial fans were installed on the roof.
Semi-rigid flexible ducting from each fan entered the set through existing
windows that had been removed.
Brad said the fans had a rating of only 66dB(A) at 3m and to the relief of the
producers, when the fans were operating no noise could be picked up by the
microphones while filming.
“The feedback from Fremantle Media was excellent. The fans were able to remove the
fumes and odour from the space quickly and quietly,” Brad said.