Chafing Fuels

Buying Guide

Do you ever wonder what is chafing fuel, or which type of chafing fuel you should be using? The right chafing fuel can increase profits and lower accidents caused by improper use. From the diverse types of fuels to the diverse types of applications, this chafing fuel guide will help you to determine which fuel is best for your specific food service application.

Cost Per Hour & Annual Savings Calculator

Although our Choice brand 2 hour gel fuel offers to the lowest cost per can, the best value in terms of burn time is our Choice brand 6 hour wick fuel. Our Choice brand wick fuel offers a convenient screw on lid so you can easily reuse the fuel to get the full 6 hours of usage. Making it great for shorter or longer events!

Cost Per Hour Calculator

Product Hours per can Cans per case Cost per case Cost per can Cost per hour
Choice 2 hr Chafer Gel FuelChoice 2 hr Chafer Gel Fuel 2 72 $36.99 $0.51 $0.26
Choice 4 hr Chafer Wick FuelChoice 4 hr Chafer Wick Fuel 4 24 $25.49 $1.06 $0.27
Choice 6 hr Chafer Wick FuelChoice 6 hr Chafer Wick Fuel 6 24 $26.99 $1.12 $0.19


Product Hours per can Cans per case Cost per case Cost per can Cost per hour
2 Hour Chafing Fuel Choice 2 Hour Chafer Gel Fuel 2 72 $36.99 $0.51 $0.26
4 Hour Chafing Fuel Choice 4 Hour Chafer Wick Fuel 4 24 $25.49 $1.06 $0.27
6 Hour Chafing Fuel Choice 6 Hour Chafer Wick Fuel 6 24 $26.99 $1.12 $0.19
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Safety Tips

  • Always select fuel with a burn time long enough to last the length of engagement so it will not be necessary to change fuels during the event
  • Always ensure water is hot and steaming and foods are at a minimum serving temperature of 140°F before putting food pan in place
  • Chafing fuels are not designed to cook; only maintain proper temperature for serving
  • Keep canned chafing fuel away from flammable table decorations or nearby items (i.e., curtains)
  • Always light fuels in place; use a long reach match or butane lighter; do not use other lighted cans or rolled up paper
  • Avoid touching gel-type cans — as they become superheated overtime as the flame burns into the can
  • Always extinguish chafing fuel at the end of the event, using the proper tool
  • Dispose of spent fuel cans properly
  • Check with your local code official before using open flame. If open flame is not allowed, then check out our Vollrath 46060 Universal Electric Chafer Heater 120V, 14" x 22" x 6" Electric Chafer Warmer 900W, or one of Vollrath's induction-style chafers
  • Always have back up fuel! It's cheaper by the case anyway

Guides & Videos

For information on the right type of chafing dish for your restaurant business, check out our Chafing Dish Guide.

Check out some of these helpful videos:

How To Use a Chafer

Chafer Accessories Review

Universal Electric Chafer Heater