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  • Holds up to four, 1/3 size food pans (sold separately)
  • 33% greater capacity than full size warmers
  • 120V, 1600W
UPC Code: 029419429059
Vollrath Cayenne Warmers

Vollrath Cayenne Warmers

Welcome to Vollrath University. I’m Chef Rich, and today we’re here to talk to you about the Vollrath direct contact heating system. The direct contact heating system is just that. It’s a system that its components work together to create a high-efficiency warmer. Here you can see the two components that make up the direct contact heating system. First we have the self-insulating thermal set well, and we also have the high-efficiency cast-in heating element. Again these two components together allow the Vollrath 700 watt warmer to meet the same performance criteria as much higher wattage units. These two items again, and because of the efficiency of when the water is in direct contact with the heating element, rather than heating through the bottom of the well, allows the most efficient heat transfer into the water. Now let’s compare one version of a traditional well and show some of the inefficiencies that these can have. As you can see in this version, the heating element is not located inside of the well. It’s actually located underneath the well. And as you can see in this manufacturer’s design, there’s actually about a 1/2" gap between the bottom of the well and the heating element. As you can see this is very inefficient. It’s much more efficient to have that heating element in actual contact with the water than it is to heat through this gap. A lot of heat is actually lost in this design, so much so, that this manufacturer has had to put these vents in the sides of the warmer to allow that excess heat to escape. So now we’ve shown you the direct contact heating system, but what does it mean? Because we’re more efficient at transferring energy into the water that means that we can use a 700 watt element where a lot of the competitor units need 1200 or more to perform the same task. Because of the inefficiencies of the element design, and how efficient our design is, again that 700 watt element can be used. Where that’s important is that we can put 700 watts in three of those units on your standard 120 volt, 20 amp circuit, whereas our competitive units one or possibly two units is maxing out that circuit. So it’s a much more efficient design. The direct contact heating system is available on 7 and 11 quart round warmers, full size countertop warmers, and is also featured in our line of serve well and affordable portable serving lines.

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Vollrath 72050 Specs
Width 13 3/4 Inches
Depth 28 3/4 Inches
Height 9 3/4 Inches
Amps 13.3 Amps
Hertz 60 Hertz
Phase 1 Phase
Voltage 120 Volts
Wattage 1,600 Watts
Control Type Thermostatic
Installation Type Countertop
Made in America Yes
Material Stainless Steel
NSF Listed Yes
Number of Pans 1
Power Type Electric
Size 4/3 Size
Style Rethermalizers
Temperature Settings Adjustable

Customer questions about this product

What is the difference between the direct contact heating system and other warmer heating systems?
Direct contact heating encourages more efficient heat transfer because the heating element is in direct contact with the water in the well. This type of heating not only saves energy, but eliminates the need for vents to be cut into the sides of the warmer for excess heat to escape. However, many warmers on the market have the heating element located beneath the well, which causes heat to be lost into the sides and bottom of the unit and vents must be cut into the sides of the warmer to allow this excess heat to escape.
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Vollrath 72050 Details

With its oversized 28 3/4" x 13 3/4" inner well, the Vollrath 72050 Cayenne Heat 'n Serve 4/3 size countertop food rethermalizer provides maximum serving capacity in a minimum footprint. It's ideal for buffets, concession stands, or restaurants with limited countertop space!

The Vollrath 72050 Cayenne Heat 'n Server countertop food rethermalizer can accommodate four, 1/3 size food pans up to 6" deep (sold separately). Its capillary tube thermostat gives you precise control over the rethermalizer's temperature, while a thermoset, self insulating well ensures quick and consistent heat transfer to your food.

The rethermalizer's dual 800W elements have a non-stick surface to prevent scale build-up and reduce cleaning time. The Vollrath 72050 Cayenne Heat 'n Serve food rethermalizer has a 120V, 13.3 amp, 1600W electrical rating.

Overall Dimensions:
Left to Right: 13 3/4"
Front to Back: 28 3/4"
Height: 9 3/4"

  • NSF Listed

    NSF Listed

    This item meets the standards imposed by NSF International, which focuses on public safety, health, and the environment.

  • Made in America

    Made in America

    This item was made in the United States of America.

  • UL US & Canada

    UL US & Canada

    This item has been tested and meets safety standards imposed by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for use in the United States of America and Canada.

  • 5-15P


    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug.

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Warranty Info

RESIDENTIAL USERS: Vendor assumes no liability for parts or labor coverage for component failure or other damages resulting from installation in non-commercial or residential applications. The right is reserved to deny shipment for residential usage; if this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible.

Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Vollrath 72050 Cayenne 28 3/4" x 13 3/4" Heat 'n Serve 4/3 Size Countertop Food Rethermalizer - 120V, 1600W

    4.9 stars from 8 reviews


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    heats holds pans food heat hold more Size Steam water
    Wow. I am so glad I bought this bad boy. It holds 4 1/3 size pans. It gets my soups up to 180 in about 30 minutes from frozen. It has a low water indicator. You don't lose a lot of steam when all four pans are in. Hope this helps
    This Vollrath counter top steam table is great! Heats up quickly, holds temperature well, and being able to hold an third size pan is great!
    We love this heat n serve! So easy to operate. Keeps our food up to temp. Easy cleaning too. Would buy again in a heartbeat.
    This is perfect for reheating food and keeping it warm. I bought 4 of the Choice 1/3 Size Standard Weight Anti-Jam Stainless Steel Steam Table / Hotel Pan - 6" Deep to fit inside and they fit perfectly.
    Love it. Very nicely made only problem is the cord doesnt come out the side its underneath, so you have to make sure you put a knife under it or anything. Lasts way longer than the cheap stainless steel ones.
    0 out of 1 found this review helpful
    I had been using the cheapest models available for awhile, after my 3rd well had broken I decided to pay more in hopes of better results. This well is much stronger, it can actually heat food to serving temp in a few hours if you have time. The main benefit I've seen over the cheaper brands is this well doesn't need anywhere close to as many refills because it seals the heat in better and heats the water more evenly, which really extends the life.
    This product has a large range of temperatures so you can cook and hold, as well. We decided on this item over the one with a drain due to the lower profile. This does require more effort during cleaning so if you have the space get the one with a drain as it can be heavy when full of water.
    really like this warmer and it doesnt take up as much room as you would think. it can hold up to 4 different types of products.

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