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How To Use A Chafer

How To Use A Chafer

And now to take a look at how we’re going to use the chafer. The first thing you’re going to do once you have it set up and your water pan in your frame is you’re going to fill the water pan with about 1 inch of very hot tap water. This will allow the temperature to come up a lot quicker. So once you do that, cover the chafer with the lid. Open up your fuel cell and place it in your fuel holder along with the fuel holder cover, which you should have open. Don’t light this until you’ve placed the fuel cell underneath the chafer. Then you can light it with a long-tipped lighter. Let it come up to temperature for about 20 minutes and then you’re ready for your food. The important thing about your food is that it has to be hot going in; a chafer is not designed to cook your food. It’s designed to keep it warm once it’s already cooked. I’m going to take the lid off, get my hot asparagus, and there we are. We’re ready to serve. Thank you for watching, and if you have any questions, please feel free to use our live chat button.

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Watch as Steve demonstrates the proper way to use your chafer, from how much water you will need to when you should light the fuel. And remember, a chafer is only for keeping food warm, not for cooking it!


This is a stainless steel fuel holder that holds an 8 oz. fuel canister to be used with chafers. This holder includes a handled cover. The fuel is sold separately. This chafer fuel holder measures 3 3/4" in diameter and is 2 1/4" high.

Note: This item is compatible with all full size chafers.

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Overall User Rating: 8 oz. Fuel / Sterno Holder with Cover ( 4.9 stars from 13 reviews )

    the 8 oz fuel - sterno holder with cover is very shine and cute its can hold many sizes inside .and you can tern of by the beautiful cover up .you can not find this kind easily in store.THANKS WEB.

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    These have been ok. Be careful with them though. The rivet that holds the lid on is very fragile and tends to break if you are not careful.

    from Luxe Party Rentals Posted on

    Durable, functional, adds a finishing touch to the look of your chafing dish set-up. Flame control is solid, they do what they're supposed to do. Pivot point on the lid does not rust or degrade even after frequent use and washing.

    from October Catering Posted on

    Basically, these work. The price is fair and it ships fast. Just placing a sterno underneath something is not an option when appearance is a priority, these help solve that.

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    Very professional looking items. They kept Sterno flame away from children's hands and it was extremely easy to extinguish. Usable again and again--looks as though others are interested in purchasing same.

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    what a great price on these sterno can holders! somehow the holders always manage to get lost- i would NEVER allow a chafer out on the buffet with uncovered sterno cans sitting out - it just looks ....cheap! These holders are nice and heavy, and the sterno cups fit perfectly in them!

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    I have bought these fuel holders to replace ones that have been lost or that get discolored from the flame. They fit all the different size chafers I have.

    from Carolina Cafe Posted on

    I was happy with this replacement part for my chaffers. Found that the fuel cans could fit correctly and I didn't have a hard time with the removal of used fuel cans. Some of my other fuel holders purchased else where, fit cans so tight that I couldn't remove used fuel without prying .

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    These sterno holders fit our chafing dishes and provide covers for our sternos. These are great for catering events to hide the sterno cans. These also come with a cover to easily put out the flames.

    from Johnson & Wales Univesity Posted on

    I am very glad I went with the decision to have the fuel holders. It completed the professional appearance and was easy to control the temperature of the product, which extended the time I got out of each fuel can..Chef Wilson

    from Ms. Geneva's 50/50 Restaurant Posted on

    I bought a bunch of these sterno holders because ours either broke or misplaced. So far they have held up great with no problems. Great price also!

    from Doughlicious Cakes Posted on

    the disposable chafing fuel fits like a glove in the holder love it it makes the chafing pan looks classy well worth the price durable

    from Lera's Cakes & Catering Posted on

    This product is great for buffets. It has a high polish which gives it a professional and elegant look. It is easy to control and keeps your fingers from getting burned when adjusting or putting out a flame.

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