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  • Plant-derived, ethanol gel formula is biodegradable and contains no toxins for safe, clean burning
  • Higher heat output than wick types
  • Burn time of 2 hours
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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.

Sterno 20612 Specs
Burn Time 2 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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Sterno 20612 Details

These 20612 Power Heat Plus premium gel fuel canisters, from Sterno, are ideal for use with chafers to keep food warm. Its plant-derived, ethanol gel formula is biodegradable and contains no toxins for safe, clean burning. They have a higher heat output than the wick types do and the burn time per canister is about 2 hours. They feature a USDA Certified Biobased Product formula and are 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%.

Power Heat Plus canisters are all-steel coated and resist dents and leaks. The 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.

  • 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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Sterno 20612

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Sterno 20612 2 Hour Ethanol Power Heat Plus Chafing Dish Fuel - 72/Case

    5.0 stars from 4 reviews


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    food foil pan rest hours fuel love assured burn canisters
    If you find yourself doing any type of catering event you’ll certainly want to have a few Sternos Chafing Fuel canisters on hand. Their two hour burn time make them ideal for both large and small gatherings. All you have to do is add a bit of water to a foil pan then place your foil pan of food on top and the rest takes care of itself. You won’t have to worry about scorching your food but you can rest assured that it will stay very hot for the entire two hours.
    i am amazed at the value for this product. unbelievable, love love love it! i kept my food warm and everyone was happy! i will definately be ordering again.
    We bought the 72/case for our warmers - what a great value! They fit the burners we purchased at the same time and the fuel lasted a long time. Melissa McCall - Diboll, Texas
    I purchased these Candle Lamp Power Heat Plus Chafer with 8 Qt. Economy Chafer Stainless Chafing Dish for our Restaurant Grand Opening Party. The quality was good for the price I paid.

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