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  • Durable stainless steel
  • Ideal for sides, desserts, or specialty diet options
  • Long lid handle for secure gripping
  • Two side handles, integrated in the chafer's frame, for easy transportation
  • Broad legs for optimum stability
  • One fuel can holder ensures patron and staff safety
  • Water pan, food pan, cover, frame, and fuel holders included

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Give your buffet or catering service the spark it needs with this Choice Economy 4 qt. stainless steel chafer.

This chafer set allows you to serve popular recipes quickly and conveniently. Complete with a water pan, food pan, cover, stand, and fuel holder, you're able to serve warm dishes in your buffet line throughout the event entirety.

Durable Stainless Steel

The sleek stainless steel material gives the chafer dish the durability to last in a commercial setting. It is also great at conducting, distributing, and holding heat.

Optimum Stability

The chafer's four broad legs ensure optimum stability and protect the elevated chafing fuel shelf.

Rugged Frame

Each chafer features a rugged frame that ensures stable placement in any setting. Thanks to the durability, you'll get years of dependable use out of this chafer.

Included Pans and Cover

This chafer comes with a food pan and water pan. It's half size capacity is perfect for holding sides, desserts, sauces, or specialty diet options. The included cover will help keep your offerings ready to serve.

Long Lid Handle

A long handle on the top of the lid allows for easy and safe access to the food.

Two Side Handles

Two side handles, integrated in the chafer's frame, enable easy and steady transportation.

Fuel Holder Ensures Safety

Furthermore, the fuel holder ensures you have sufficient heat throughout the entire pan. This protective holder also promises patron and staff safety, keeping hands, clothes, and other flammable contents a safe distance from the flame.

Customer Q&A Ask a Question

My stainless steel item 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.
Is this chafer dishwasher safe?
While the food pan, water pan, and cover are dishwasher safe, the chafer stand and fuel holders should be hand washed. Wash with soapy water and a microfiber cloth for best results.

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How To Use A Chafer

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!

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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Choice Chafer Fuel

In this video, Corporate Chef Matt Schuler explains the best options to suit your needs when it comes to chafer fuel. From gel fuel or wick fuel, or fuel that burns up to 6 hours, Choice Chafer fuel has just what you need for every occasion!

Whether you're catering a banquet, wedding, bridal shower, or other special event, we have the best selection of chafers and accessories at the best prices. My name is Matt Schuler, product expert and corporate chef. Today I am going to show you why Choice brand chafing fuels should be your #1 Choice for chafing fuel. Our buying power and skilled purchasing department allow us to keep our pricing incredibly low without sacrificing quality. We offer 3 different types of chafing fuels by Choice. 2 hour, 4 hour, or 6 hour(show pic of 3 cans) Of these three products, you will need to choose which fuel source best fits your application: wick fuel or gel fuel. Choice chafer gel fuel is the hottest and longest burning ethanol fuel on the market! Made from 200 proof gelled ethanol and capable of producing 1630 BTU's per hour, its gelled formula provides a higher heat output than conventional wick fuels and allows for maximum burn time. It is also easy to light, odorless, and burns clean. It delivers high-quality heat that burns hotter, longer, and safer than comparable fuels. Choice Gel fuel is offered in a 2 hour burn time. While Choice wick fuel is offered in 4 & 6 hour burn times. Although the 2 hr gel fuel offers to the lowest cost per can, the best value in terms of burn time & cost/hour is the 6 hour wick fuel. Because our wick fuel offers a convenient screw on lid, you can reuse the fuel to get the full 6 hours of usage out of it. If safety, flexibility and cost per hour are what you are looking for, then Choice wick chafer fuel is your brand. Our 6 hour wick fuel costs 18 cents/hour as compared to 24 cents/hour for the 4 hour wick fuel and 26 cents/hour for the two hour gel fuel. Its wick design and diethylene glycol fuel promote safe burning and help to keep the can cool to the touch even during use, while still providing a consistent, long-lasting flame. Even when spilled the liquid does not burn! These Choice fuels are also eco-friendly! Each can is made from recyclable aluminum, and the ethanol is produced using natural and recycled raw materials, resulting in a high-performance chafer fuel that is organic, biodegradable, 100% recyclable and made in the USA. Choice chafer gel and wick fuels are both great product, but here is a comparison to make your decision easier. Offered in a 2 hour burn time, Choice Gel fuels burn the hottest, are the least expensive and are the best option for chafers with low-resting water pans. On the other hand, Choice chafer wick fuels are available in both a 4 and 6 hour burn time, burn clean diethylene glycol, feature a resealable lid to get the maximum burn time and are cool to the touch. In addition, you don’t have to worry about spilled liquid because any spilled wick fuel won’t ignite. Check out our burn time comparison sheet, cost per hour chart, as well as the MSDS sheet, and our chafing fuel buying guide on our product page. (Show screen shot of product page/comparison chart/cost per hour chart). We also have a chafer fuel savings calculator where you can plug in the amount of fuel used per week and see how much savings you will have by switching to 6 hour Choice brand wick fuel. These charts will help you make a better buying decision! As always, click on the chat button for further questions regarding Choice brand chafing fuels. We hope this video helped you make the right “choice” for your foodservice application!!

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Chafer Fuel Handling Tips

Check out this video to learn some vital tips about handling chafers and chafer fuel!

Remember to always follow equipment manufacturer’s recommendations for pre-heating, but here are some safety tips to insure you have a safe and efficient chafer set-up…(Voice over portion showing shots of each step quickly) -Always select fuel 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 -Always use proper tool for removing lids. -Chafing fuels are NOT designed to cook; only maintain proper temperature for serving -Keep chafing fuels 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 As always, click on the chat button for further questions regarding Choice brand chafing fuels. We hope this video helped you make the right “choice” for your foodservice application!!

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Choice Economy Chafers

Don't think for a second that we sacrifice on quality to bring you such incredible prices! With our Choice economy stainless steel chafers and included accessories, you can get everything you need at a great price.

Our Choice brand Economy Chafer is our most popular chafer. While our buying power and our skilled purchasing department, allow us to keep the price incredibly low, we do not sacrifice on quality. Hi, I’m Steve Ziegler, Product Expert at the WEBstaurantstore. Some folks are leery about these chafers because the pricing’s so low. In fact, we get a lot of questions. Many people are wondering if they need to buy fuel holders or food pans separately at this price, but this is a complete chafer set. It comes with a 4” water pan that is satin polished, you have a full-sized food pan, a solidly welded frame which importantly is stackable and you get two fuel holders. The dome cover is highly polished and comes with a cool touch handle. Another great thing about the frame is it comes with a holder for your dome covers. Well, thank you for watching and if you have any questions, please feel free to use our live chat button.

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Chafer Accessories Review

Accessorize your Choice chafer with our full, 1/2, and 1/3 size food pans! Also check out our 3 types of chafer fuel, convenient microfiber cleaning cloths, and even our refillable long tip lighters.

Another question we get sometimes is whether or not you can use different sized pans in these chafers. And the answer is yes, you can half size and 1/3 size pans. Now, the unit comes with a full sized 2 1/2" deep pan, which I’ll remove, but as long as you’re using 2 1/2" deep pans, you don’t want them any deeper than that or else you’ll be into the water in the water pan. But you can see those half size pans fit in there just right, and if you take this off, we can see that you can put the 1/3 size pans in there as well. Besides being able to purchase different sized food pans from us, you can also purchase different types of fuel. We have the wet fuel, the gel fuel, and we even have environmentally friendly fuel. We also have these microfiber cleaning cloths; these are the perfect thing for polishing the chafer, sometimes they do so well you don’t even need a chemical polish. And we also have these long tip, refillable lighters available as well. Well thank you for watching, and if you have any questions, please feel free to use our live chat button.

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Compare to Other Products

Chafer Includes:
  • 4" deep water pan: 1
  • 2 1/2" deep food pan: 1
  • 2 1/2" high dome cover: 1
  • Fuel holder: 1
  • Stand: 1
Overall Dimensions:
  • Length: 15 1/8 Inches
  • Width: 11 5/8 Inches
  • Height: 11 3/4 Inches
  • Capacity: 4 qt.

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Choice Economy 4 Qt. Half Size Stainless Steel Chafer

    4.8 stars from 38 reviews


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    great price size chafer chafers catering half perfect smaller more
    1 out of 1 found this review helpful

    We ordered this item to complete a set of chaffing dishes we also ordered from Webstaurant. The style and durability is outstanding, they are built to last!!! Great product and will order again in the near future.

    from Genesis Catering Posted on

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful


    from Ambiance Affairs llc Posted on

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful

    Buy these. I first hesitated to buy these because I wasn't sure of the quality or even the need for 4 qt. I used these in our catering business they bring an elegance to any event.

    from The J Spot Posted on

    I ordered a bunch of half size pans with webstaurant and I usually don't review stuff I bought online but this one, this deserve a review. It is very nice pan, very lovely handle and it will get a lot of use. I will be ordering again soon.

    Posted on

    This is an exceptional quality chafer at a very reasonable price. It kept my food hot for hours and the clean up was easy. I will be purchasing more.

    Posted on

    I really liked these smaller chafers. It's very hard to locate these in stores. There are times when the larger chafers just won't work, especially when you have limited space, which happens a lot for smaller parties, etc. They are just as sturdy as their larger counterparts.

    from Food For Thought Posted on

    Very nice half pan chafer. They have come in handy for serving dips and small appetizers. They taver well and clean up easily. High recommend for the price.

    from 5-0 BBQ LLC Posted on

    Perfect nice mirror finish chafer. It is made of stainless steel and holds 4 quarts and it comes in different sizes as well. Gotta have it

    Posted on

    These work great for smaller catering jobs. Design and size is perfect when serving multiple sides and desserts. We have used them for a few years now and they have held up well and a till look very good.

    from Cooper's on 5th Posted on

    Excellent Product for the price. We use the 4 Qt. Chafes for small gatherings like bridal showers or a simple buffet for a small number of guest. They hold up very well and do not take up as much space as the 8 Qt when we don't need as much.

    from Q-Zeens LLC Posted on

    These chafers are great for smaller catering events. They also stack inside each other, which makes storage and transportation easy. Easy to clean and durable.

    from Couple of Chefs Catering Posted on

    Great product and great price! This size is great for small lunches or deserts. I would recommend this product to anyone who is just starting out!

    from White Caps Catering Posted on

    This product is great. We use it for Meats and a whole lot of other foods. Honey baked hams look delicious in it and they are just the right size. We also use it for meatballs. Love i at Church, weddings and school meetings. I use it all the time.

    Posted on

    Chafer is terrific overall. I have had a couple issues of other universal hotel pans fitting correctley but quality is awesome. Price was great as well!

    Posted on

    Great catering equipment. Great for keeping sauces and gravys hot on the buffet line. Sized perfectly to hold 1 gallon of sauce. Convenient side holder for lid. Great find. Highly recommend

    from Home Plate Grill Posted on

    Great product for the price. We use these all the time. Will be purchasing more of these in the near future. Very very much satisfied.

    from R &J Catering Posted on

    Great half chafer for the price. I have the full size as well to match. These are lightweight yet durable and are a great addition to my catering.

    from Just Eat This Catering Posted on

    great price as usual, standard quality and looks nice with my other matching units . will by again for expanding my operation. Not the fanciest but very good quality

    from lennys on the beach Posted on

    0 out of 1 found this review helpful

    The Choice Economy 4 Qt. Half Size Stainless Steel Chafer works great with the full size chafers that we ordered. This smaller chafer is great for sauces and soups

    from HJS SERVICES Posted on

    As expected for the money. I ordered 2. Both were packaged very carelessly and were delivered in bent boxes. There was far too much space in the boxes which is probably caused the base of the dish to be bent. If the return shipping wasn't so expensive I would have returned it.

    Posted on

    Thank you for your review! We're sorry to hear your chafing dishes were damaged during shipping. A Customer Solutions Representative will remain in contact until the issue is resolved.

    WebstaurantStore Customer Solutions

    I thought these were so convenient. I hate when you have half pans of food and you have to use the rounds ones when your using the full pan square ones. These are a great save so that your table looks cohesive the only thing is the stand doesn't fold and is pretty thin metal

    Posted on

    4 Qt. Economy Chafer Stainless Half Size Chafing Dish Nice chafing dish for the money . I bought a few going to buy a few more.

    from desalvo's Posted on

    This little chafer has been one of the best buy's ever. i've used it for more events than i originally purchased it for. I wish I had bought a few of them and may still do that.

    from Becker College/Chartwells Posted on

    A great investment into any food business. Perfer for smaller parties or just for sauces/gravies/ etc. Nice and light and doesn't take up much room on the table so fits in perfectly.

    from Friendship Muffins Posted on

    The 4 qt chafer is perfect for catering jobs that have multiple vegetable selections. Rather than using a full sized chafer with a split pan the individual pan is perfect to prevent foods from being cross contaminated.

    from hawg city catering Posted on

    Anyone who is a caterer or one who has alot of events should definitely have one of these chafers because serving your guests food in these makes it look very professional

    Posted on

    I use this as a personal chef. I own 4 full size chaffing dishes and find this 1/2 size as a perfect size for a portable steam table. The only down side is they will not fit a deep 4" pan. I just want others to know that before they order it. Awesome chaffing/serving pan. I will order another one soon.

    Posted on

    Harmony Cafe offers both onsite and offsite catering. While being on a budget, this product helps us not only offer customer options, but helps us work within our tight budget.

    from Harmony Cafe Posted on

    I usually use the full size chafers for catering and our lunch buffet but often there are times I find the need for only a half size chafer...this is perfect for sauce or appetizer on buffet.

    from Shamrocks Pub n Grill Posted on

    I am a customer of you and I have not had a chance to buy one, but a friend of mine bought one teacher and the purchase price is excellent, and has over three years and is the same, not to rusty, but you must take care, do not wash well with thick sponge, otherwise soft cloth with soap, so I recommend it, if business is to not put it in the dish machine or home, excellent.

    from ivan`s catering Posted on

    These chafers were indeed the BEST and VERY good quality, especially at this very low price!!! I would recommend these to anyone, and will invest in more when needed.

    from LEE-LEE'S WORLD Posted on

    These worked great for our wedding reception and I can't believe the price. I actually had to purchase more because my family loved them as well.

    from BG's Posted on

    bought for personal use and entertaining. Excellent product for the money, used for new years eve party and with the fuel cans kept the food hot all night.

    Posted on

    This is a perfect product for party especially for your vegetable or soup for the price I think it is a great product I would recommend this productto other

    from Aunt Lor's Posted on

    Like the product very light weight. Had a problem with an item and they gave me no problem and replace it. Will be placing another order

    Posted on

    I bought these sets of chafers to use for entertainment at home parties and buffets.They are very durable, easy to clean and keeps food hot. A must have for entertainers.

    Posted on

    Fantastic value. All the look of a professional chafer with none of the price. Hands down you won't find a better deal on the internet.

    from The Busy Little Baker Posted on

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