• 45 minute burn time
  • Ideal for room service carts
  • U.S. sourced ethanol
  • Gel fuel canister has higher heat output than wick
UPC Code: 743631610056
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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!

Chafer Fuel Safety Tips from Sterno

Chafer Fuel Safety Tips from Sterno

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!

Using Chafer Fuel in Heating Cabinets

Using Chafer Fuel in Heating Cabinets

I wanted to talk to you today about a few safety and usage tips for using Sterno branded chafing fuel in hot boxes or warming cabinets. These units are everywhere in the foodservice industry and oftentimes they're used to keep food in hotel trays at an ideal serving temperature just prior to service. Safety, of course, is paramount; we want to keep food at the ideal and safe temperature, but we also want to keep the people who are using these boxes safe. So, what's the best fuel to use in one of these boxes? Well, this depends on a number of variables, such as the condition / tightness of the cart (how well it holds heat), the length of the event, density of the food, and the amount of product being loaded. As these are non-insulated cabinets, we recommend using a gel type of fuel. I recommend using the Sterno Ethanol 2-Hour Gel. This is a terrific product for use in these boxes. It burns for two hours and gives you a nice, intense heat. Be aware, though, when this can is burning it gets extremely hot so use with caution. Now, let's take a look the best way to use this fuel in this box. For this box, three cans of 2-hour gel are ideal. First, let's prime the box. Open the can, place the fuel correctly in position, using only a long-reach butane lighter, light the gel. Always allow the cabinet to come to temperature before placing food inside. Make sure the fuel is securely in place after loading the cart with food, then shut the doors. Transport with care. To maximize heat retention, keep doors closed as much as possible when the cart is loaded until service begins. Extinguish the fuel properly when finished with service. For more great safety and usage tips, visit SternoCandleLamp (SCL) University on our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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When deciding which chafing fuel to use in your heating cabinet, consider how well it holds heat, the length of the event, density of the food, and the amount of product loaded. Keep cabinet doors closed whenever possible and always exercise caution.

Burn Time .75 Hr.
Fuel Material Ethanol
Fuel Type Gel Fuel
Type Chafing Fuel

Customer questions about this product

What is the main difference between chafer fuel cells with twist-off metal caps and fuel cells with stem wicks and plastic caps?
Once lit, chafer fuel cells with twist-off metal caps provide a quick, safe, and easy way to extinguish the flame at the end of events. The cap can simply be placed over the flame to snuff it out. Chafer fuel cells with stem wicks and plastic caps require a separate snuffer paddle, regulator, or saucer to extinguish the flame.
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These 2 1/4 oz. Sterno 20106 chafer gel fuel canisters have a higher heat output than wick types, and with their all-steel coated canisters, they resist dents and leaks! Because the burn time for one of these cartridges is about 45 minutes, they are ideal for room service carts, beverage urns, gueridon service, or any situation where you don't want to leave your fuel burning for hours. This fuel is premium, U.S. sourced ethanol, which guarantees quality.

Due to US DOT shipping regulations, we are unable to ship this product to Alaska, Hawaii, and international destinations. It is also ineligible for next day or second day shipping.

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Sterno PH0005 (Formerly)

Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Sterno 20106 45 Minute Ethanol Gel Chafing Dish Fuel Canister - 6/Pack

    4.0 stars from 8 reviews


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    2 out of 2 found this review helpful
    This is great if you have your water preheated and only need a heat source fro a short time. Sterno has always put out a quality product it won't let you down.
    The cans are small but the brand is a good of quality. However, you can only use to heat up light food because of the size.
    This is a really good chafing dish fuel that has a nice bright blue flame really inexpensive they're great for small short time jobs to
    Good to have around for quick use. I find that the two hour is a far better buy for cost effectiveness, but for a short event maybe it's useful. Good quality.
    Wonderful working product that never fails and always produces adequate heat. Our customers love this product and we find it hard to keep them in stock.
    It burned fast although it says good for 45 minutes and does not heat well. This is good for a small house party or small chaffing dish only.
    While cheap, it is not cost-efficient to buy a 45 minute can if you can get one with more time with a minimal extra cost. The time it takes to exchange the fuel cans is not worth it.
    Great price and easy to use. Much better than candles. No muss and fuss. Plus no candles to buy or candle wax to clean up!

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