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Choosing the Right Fuel For Your Event

Choosing the Right Fuel For Your Event

Did you know chafing fuel comes in a variety of options to choose from. In fact, Sterno CandleLamp has a full line of liquid and gel chafing fuels that conveniently fit any need, each with its own unique quality and burn time to make the perfect for any event. If you’re catering, guests expect hot food and hot beverages to be served at the ideal temperature from beginning to end. Here are three tips for choosing the right fuel for your next event. First, what’s the length of the event? For safety, food must be maintained at a minimum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. For long events, liquid chafing fuel is a good option because it comes in 4, 5, and 6 hour burn times. Safe Heat or gel chafing fuel is a good option because it comes in a 2 hour burn time. The second thing to consider is: what will the fuel be used for? There are four common applications. For chafing dishes, it’s best to use any Sterno 2, 4, or 6 hour fuel can. For beverage urns and room service carts, the 2 hour Stem Wick or Handy Wick product is recommended. For banquet carts, two cans of Safe Heat produce great results. The third thing to consider is: should you use a liquid or gel? Here are a few reasons to use a liquid fuel: liquid fuel will provide a heat source close to the pan throughout the burn cycle. Liquid fuel is also a safer source as the cans stay cool to the touch and are also spill-resistant, keeping the liquid sealed in the steel canister. Stem Wick, Handy Wick, Safe Heat, and Safe Heat Green, which are Sterno CandleLamp’s liquid chafing fuel, have 2 hour, 4 hour, 5 hour, and 6 hour burn options. Handy Wick comes with a twist cap for convenient storage and reuse. Gel fuel comes in three varieties: Ethanol which is pink; Methanol which is blue; or Green Heat which is green in color and is a corn-based ethanol. Ethanol burns hottest of all three. If you are considering a green catering option, Green Heat is a great choice since it’s formulated from sustainable resources. Gel fuel is a great option because it’s easy to light; it’s clean burning, and leaves virtually no residue. For more information about chafing fuel and our other great products, visit sternocandlelamp.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Looking for the perfect Sterno for your next catered event? Check out this video to learn about all of the options Sterno Products has to offer. Whether your want gel or liquid chafing fuels, they have an option to best suite your heating needs!

Sterno Products Safe Heat Chafer Fuel

Sterno Products Safe Heat Chafer Fuel

Chafing fuel plays a critical role in foodservice because its function is to make sure food stays warm and safe before serving to guests, but not all types of chafing fuels are created equal. Liquid lamp chafing fuels offer advantages over gel chafing fuels. First, let’s talk safety. Safe Heat and heated from CandleLamp are spill resistant. The liquid is sealed inside the can. If you shake the can, some liquid will come out; however, it’s nonflammable. Unlike gel chafing fuels, Safe Heat and heated will only burn with a wick. Unlike gel fuel, the can stays cool to the touch, helping to avoid burns and unnecessary drops and spills. Methanol gel is classified as toxic. Safe Heat and heated do not contain the skull and cross bone symbol, so they’re considered nontoxic. Safe Heat and heated offer the cheapest per hour burn cost on the market. A six-hour can will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. The cans can be relit, so you avoid unnecessary waste. And they can be used at multiple events. Safe Heat is available in a variety of burn times from 2 hours to 6 hours, so it can meet the time needs at any event. Safe Heat and heated both offer a patented Power Pad on select models. This feature creates a broader flame, maximizing your heat output. So now that you know that Safe Heat is what true professionals use, go to our website at candlelamp.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. By the way, Safe Heat is now available in a greener version called Safe Heat Green. It’s the first liquid wick chafing fuel endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association. You can experience the difference by visiting candlelamp.com and asking for a free trial pack.

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To learn about all the benefits of Safe Heat chafer fuels from Sterno Products, watch this video! From catered events to buffets and self-service venues, these liquid lamp chafing fuels not only provide you with a quality product, but are safe, too!

Chafer Fuel Safety Tips from Sterno Products

Chafer Fuel Safety Tips from Sterno Products

The unfortunate truth is that common sense isn’t always common, so we’ve come up with an easy to follow list of safety tips to help you enjoy your Sterno chafing fuel. Let’s review the list. First off, always follow the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations for the number of cans to use. When it comes to opening the can, do not open the can carelessly or haphazardly. You want to carefully open the can using an appropriate tool. Now for lighting the fuel. Do not use matches or rolled up paper to light the fuel, and never light chafing fuels can to can. The only safe way to light chafing fuels is with a long reach butane lighter. Please do not light the chafing fuel and then move it to the service area. Always make sure you’re in position first, then safely light your fuel. Do not hold gel fuel in your hand as you light it or touch it while it’s burning. These cans get very hot. Do not place fuel cans in close proximity to flammable objects such as paper runners, napkins, and table decorations. Be sure to select the burn time that matches your needs. Finally, at the end of an event, always extinguish the flame with the correct tool and dispose of the cans properly. For more great safety and usage tips, visit SternoCandleLamp University on our website and be sure to sign up for these free safety posters.

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Ensure that your events go off without a hitch by following these simple chafer fuel safety tips from Sterno Products!

Burn Time 6 Hr.
Fuel Type Wick Fuel
Material Diethylene Glycol


This wick fuel, from Sterno Products, is packaged in a high-strength, steel, litho can with a screw cap design for convenient storage and reuse. They feature a patented, padded top for a wider, consistently hotter flame. The burn time on these fuel canisters is about 6 hours.


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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Sterno Products 10116 6 Hour Wick Chafing Dish Fuel Canister - 24/Case

    4.5 stars from 11 reviews


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    Great chafer fuel burner burners events bought hours worked chafers

    I purchased these for chafing dishes and to make marshmellow burners for a wedding. They worked well for both purpuse. The down side to these burners is the raised lid. The lid for the burner holder that is with the chafing dish will not slide over the top of the burner to help control the amount of heat.

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    These might be more expensive than similar chafer fuels but they are higher quality and last for a solid six hours. A must have for catering and buffets.

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    These have worked wonderfully, we have outdoor events and they never went out on us. Perfect for longer events where do not want to change them out.

    from Heritage Bakery and Cafe Posted on

    I bought these for my daughters wedding reception, they worked out great! Product was just as described, also shipped in a timely mannor! Would order again!

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    Great consistent flame for consistent heat from this very affordable product, does last the full 6 hours , which if perfect for preheating chafers without having to worry about the running out

    from Starters - Riverport Posted on

    it is very good buy. it last long enough for all the lunch period for just one. and you can not find the same price anywhere else.

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    Fantastic chafer fuel! Long lasting! Works well to keep pots and pans warm! Great for warming gelatin for Garde Manger applications! Better than gel counterparts!!!

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    I bought a box of these. They work great! I bought some cheaper ones before at the grocery store and they stopped working after 2 hours and food got cold. these lasted the WHOLE party. I even had to blow them out at the end..I put the caps on to save them to use for next time. You definately get what you pay for!!! dont skimp...go with these!!!

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    Hi my name is Rose and I will recomend this chafer fuel canisters there are very great they dont burn the chafer as the other liter fuel I give it five star

    from Telesfordsisterscartering Posted on

    I was able to use this fuel for more than one event. I got every dollar out of this and some. This was also very easy to light.

    from Virtuous Designs Posted on

    This product was easy to light, and kept burning for our entire function. It served its purpose well. For the price, it's worth getting a case.

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