• Understated elegance
  • Wind guard protects heat source
  • Perforated cover reduces condensation
  • Perfect for outdoor catering
  • Stainless steel with mirror finish
  • 9 qt. capacity
  • Retractable roll top cover
  • Baffled rolling hinge works in closed, 90 degree, and fully open positions
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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!

Length 25 Inches
Width 16 Inches
Height 17 Inches
Capacity 9 qt.
Color Silver
Cover Type Retractable
Finish Stainless Steel
Material Stainless Steel
Product Line Vollrath Orion
Shape Rectangle
Size Full Size
Style High End Chafers
Type Standard Chafers

Customer questions about this product

My stainless steel chafer has fingerprints and scratches and I can't seem to get it clean. What can I do?
Try using a microfiber polishing cloth. You may not need to use any chemicals to get rid of the scratches and fingerprints. If they are not easily removed by the dry cloth, our Noble Chemical stainless steel cleaner should do the trick!
Can I put the chafer's food pan in the oven?
Yes, the food pan included with this chafer can safely be used in the oven.
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The Vollrath 46520 9 qt. Orion full size retractable chafer is an elegant solution for your buffet or catering operation. Its distinctive curves and profile will accentuate any food presentation, from casual to fine dining! It features a beautiful mirror-finished heavy duty 18-10 stainless steel body that's durable and easy to clean. Its smooth, baffled rolling hinge works in closed, 90 degree, and fully open positions for serving flexibility. Other useful features of the Orion full size retractable / roll top chafer include a wind guard to shield the fuel in outdoor use, and a condensation-reducing perforated cover that is removable for easy cleaning.

Each Kit Includes:
(1) Food pan
(1) Water pan
(2) Fuel holders

Overall Dimensions:
Length: 25"
Width: 16"
Height: 17"

Because this item is not stocked in our warehouse, processing and transit times will vary. If you need your items by a certain date, please contact us prior to placing your order. Expedited shipping availability may vary. We cannot guarantee that this item can be cancelled off of the order once it is placed.


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RESIDENTIAL USERS: Vollrath assumes no liability for parts or labor coverage for component failure or other damages resulting from installation in non-commercial or residential applications.

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Overall User Rating: Vollrath 46520 9 qt. Orion Retractable Chafer Full Size ( 4.0 stars from 1 review )

    this chafer holds quite a bit. looks very nice at a cartering event. really like this chafer and it is very easy to use and very easy to clean.

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