Overall User Rating from 5 reviews


  • Number of chafer heaters needed dependent on temperature setting and water level
  • Eliminates the hassle and expense of chafer fuel
  • Spring loaded element maintain full contact
  • Fits most Vollrath chafers
  • 120V
  • 160W/275W (low/high)

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Universal Electric Chafer Heater

Universal Electric Chafer Heater

Nowadays, healthcare and other facilities keep leaning toward banning the use of open flames and sometimes flames just aren’t practical. But, what if your job is to set up a buffet in a facility like that? Are you going to go out and buy all new electric chafers? Nope, you can just buy one of these. Hi, I’m Steve Ziegler, Product Expert at the WEBstaurantstore and this is the Universal Electric Chafer Heater from Vollrath. What’s great about these heaters is they’ll work with any chafer including the ones you already own and they plug into a standard 120volt outlet. Here, I’m going to show you how to use them now. The first thing I want to mention about these is I recommend these for single sided buffet service rather than dual sided because you really don’t want people walking over an electrical cord that’s attached to a chafer of hot food. Let me show you why these things are universal here. You see the bottom right here this will fit in any chafer fuel cell hole if it’s the type of chafer that has like a hole that you put your fuel cell in. But also it has a spring right here; it’s spring loaded and that ensures that this heater will press perfectly against your water pan. I’m going to go ahead and put this in here. You can see the great thing about these is they’re so efficient you only need one of these per chafer. I’m going to go ahead and put that in there. Then, you just set your water pan on top filled with water. I always recommend you start with hot water. There you go and you just plug it in. It has a low or a high setting. You just set it to the desired temperature and you’re ready to go. Well, thank you for watching and if you have any questions, please feel free to use our live chat button.

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If you cater events where open flame isn't allowed, don't go out and buy all new chafers! Our Vollrath universal electric chafer heater works with any chafer and plugs into standard outlets. And, they're so efficient, you only need one per chafer!

Width 7 1/16 Inches
Depth 7 1/16 Inches
Height 5 1/4 Inches
Amps 2.3 Amps
Hertz 60
Voltage 120
Wattage 275 Watts
Made in America Yes
Power Type Electric
Type Heaters


The Vollrath 46060 universal electric chafer heater is designed to maintain the proper serving temperature without an open flame! It's perfectly sized to fit standard fuel cup openings, and the spring-loaded elements maintain full contact with water pans for efficient heat transfer. This electric chafer heater has two power settings (low and high), and a lighted switch that glows when the heater is on.

Additionally, only 1 chafer heater is needed for a full size chafer if the temperature is set to high and the water level does not exceed 1/3". The portion that contacts the water pan is approximately 1 3/4" in diameter. This chafer heater requires a 120V connection and it is recommended that only the low setting is used with coffee urns.

Overall Dimensions:
Width: 7 1/16"
Depth: 7 1/16"
Height: 5 1/4"

  • Made in America

    Made in America

    This item was made in the United States of America.

  • UL US & Canada

    UL US & Canada

    This item has been tested and meets safety standards imposed by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for use in the United States of America and Canada.

  • 5-15P


    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug.


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RESIDENTIAL USERS: Vendor assumes no liability for parts or labor coverage for component failure or other damages resulting from installation in non-commercial or residential applications. The right is reserved to deny shipment for residential usage; if this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible.

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    Vollrath 46060 Universal Electric Chafer Heater - 120V

    4.4 stars from 5 reviews


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    This unit is quite expensive and it never really kept the chafer hot. I used it for 2 weeks and had to purchase a water pan.

    from Pacific Shores Inn Posted on

    Works really great for our Buffet. Heats up really well. We tried the alternative, less expensive Chaffing Heater made in China with no success. This was the better way to go.

    from JMF Posted on

    Great alternative to flame sternos and much safer. Seams to do the job just as efficiently. Also great as a back up when needed, especially for places that don't allow fire.

    Posted on

    really, really great way to keep chafing dishes hot. If you have the capacity to fuel a whole buffet line with these, do it. it will take a while, but it will save you money and they don't need replacing half way through an event!

    Posted on

    This electric chafer heater is great! We bring this to all our catered events. It's brillant for out door use because the wind can't blow it. Great deal!!

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