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  • Provides efficient storage and transport with less waste
  • Enviro Kleen Green Certified
  • Up to 2 hours of burn time
  • Concentrated ethanol gel formula
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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.

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!

Sterno Green Heat Chafer Fuel

Sterno Green Heat Chafer Fuel

A few years ago, CandleLamp committed to develop a line of environmentally preferred products that do no compromise performance. The program is called Sustainable Solutions. CandleLamp’s Sustainable Solutions Program starts long before the final product ships and is used. It actually touches every link of the value chain, starting with sourcing all the way to end use. Green Heat was the first product to launch under the Sustainable Solutions program. It was the first ethanol chafing fuel to remove methanol and replace it with an environmentally preferable denaturant, an innovative green product solution without performance compromise. Green Heat was the first chafing fuel to receive EnviroKleen certification. It is also endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association, and is a part of the USDA Bio-Preferred program. Green Heat quickly became the number one preferred green chafing fuel amongst foodservice professionals. Now CandleLamp is proud to announce Safe Heat Green, an environmentally preferred liquid wick chafing fuel. Safe Heat Green is the first liquid wick chafing fuel endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association. Safe Heat Green offers all the benefits of liquid wick and the environmental friendliness of Green Heat, a truly innovative solution. As mentioned, it is the first GRA endorsed liquid wick chafing fuel. Safe Heat Green is also a USDA certified bio-based product. The formula uses bio-based propylene glycol, which is a renewable and sustainable resource. This new formula is patented, is biodegradable, and the liquid is nonflammable without a wick. Unlike gel chafing fuels, the can stays cool to the touch after it is lit, just like any other CandleLamp liquid wick chafing fuel, Safe Heat Green maintains a consistent flame height. It is available in two-hour, four-hour, and six-hour configurations. Safe Heat Green meets CandleLamp’s Sustainable Solutions program as a truly green product that does not compromise performance. Safe Heat Green provides the same level of heat output as the non-green alternative. No matter which hour or wick configuration you choose, Safe Heat Green keeps food above the food safe serving temperature. For more information about Safe Heat Green, visit www.CandleLamp.com. Call or contact your local sales rep.

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To learn about all the great environmentally friendly benefits of Sterno Prooduct's Safe Heat Green, check out this video! See how this product meets the Sustainable Solutions program as a truly green product that doesn't sacrifice performance!

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 20112 Specs
Burn Time 2 Hr.
Fuel Material Diethylene Glycol
Fuel Type Gel Fuel
Green / Environmentally-Friendly Yes
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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Sterno 20112 Details

Sterno 20112 Green Heat 2 hour chafer fuel is a sustainable and money saving alternative to traditional chafer fuels! Created from plant-derived, corn-based ethanol, the concentrated gel formula burns strong and keeps food hot, without releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. It features a USDA Certified Biobased Product formula and is also endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association. This redesigned can uses 10% less steel and is easily recyclable, and the SFI-approved packaging uses 7% less corrugate, making it an environmentally-friendly choice for your business. In addition, the wick construction and fuel blend reduce fossil fuel consumption by 10%.

Sterno Green Heat 2 hour chafer fuel saves money too! Green Heat provides the same if not more heat time than comparable standard chafer fuels, while using up to 29% less space! This allows for more efficient transport and storage with less waste.

Even the packaging is environmentally friendly, Sterno Green Heat 2 hour chafer fuel is packaged in a recyclable steel can that is made from 50% recycled material and is Enviro Kleen Green Certified.

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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. Please contact Customer Solutions prior to placing your order if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Green Restaurant Association

    Green Restaurant Association

    This item meets the standards and requirements of the Green Restaurant Association to promote environmental sustainability.

  • UL Environmental Validation

    UL Environmental Validation

    This product meets specific criteria set forth by UL for recycled or renewable content.

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    This item is able to be recycled under some recycling programs.

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Equivalent Items

Sterno PH0011 (Formerly)
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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Sterno 20112 2 Hour Green Heat Chafing Dish Fuel - 72/Case

    4.6 stars from 12 reviews


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    lids smell sternos chafers fuels great green nice chafer catering
    These sternos have no smell and work wonderful/ One of the bigger complaints from office meetings was sternos that gave off a smell. No complaints on these green heat fuels.
    These work fine as long as you can get the lid off! I have a few sitting aside because the lids would not easily pop off. Now, because I know this, I always bring a few extra tins to events in case one of the lids gets stuck.
    Small and easy to use chafing dish fuels. I prefer these to the ones with tall wicks because sometimes the tall wick style type burn the bottom of hotel pans and may burn the food faster.
    This is a really nice green heating chafing dish fuel and has a nice blue flame on it I really like that I can get a three pack before I buy a full case to try out
    These sternos are great and last the full 2 hours as advertised. They are also handy for clean up and a nice alternative that do not spill!
    This product is excellent for any catering situation. The product does not come with chemicals that are technically not indoor safe. There is absolutely no smell from burning. We thoroughly enjoy this product!
    This sterno works great and is great for chafing dishes we also use it to make s'mores when we can get a fire. But it works wonderfully as sterno and last for two hours as stated
    These chafer fuels work great. Never had a problem with them and they heat well for a decent amount of time. I did notice that they seemed to ooze the fuel a little in trasport though.
    The description of these sterns is completely accurate. They will last a minimum of 2 hours. The thing I like is that they are a solid fuel, meaning you do not have to worry about them spilling, or fumes exploding... They are a safe chaffing fuel. I will use them whenever I am in doubt about my banquet clientele.
    These chafer fuels are great for all sorts of applications! They are good for chafers of course but also nice for warming hot boxes too! Not to mention they are green as well!!!
    While it is important to be green, the amount of time it burns versus the cost of this pack doesn't seem to justify its cost. It does what it needs to, but that could be done cheaper.
    this is something you NEVER want to run out of!! I like to keep a few extras on hand so I'm never caught short. Be sure to order extra!!

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