Chafing Dishes & Accessories

For those running a buffet-style restaurant or banquet-style food-service establishment, commercial chafing dishes are a must-have in order to keep the food displays hot and ready to serve. In turn, fuel for chafing dish is also needed for them to function properly.

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Chafing Dishes and Choosing the Ideal One for Your Restaurant

What are chafer dishes? They are a type of grate, usually portable, that is typically raised on a tripod and are used to serve and heat/warm food. The advantage of using a commercial chafing dish compared to other types of heating stoves is that they produce a “gentler” type of flame. This means that you prevent overcooking the food in your buffet while keeping it hot/warm and ready to eat.

So why is it important to choose the ideal professional chafing dish? First, everyone, especially a business owner, wants to get the best value for their hard-earned money. And choosing the perfect type of professional chafing dish will ensure a smooth-sailing operation that will eventually translate to more profits. Second, there are several important aspects to consider before going out and purchasing your professional chafing dish: its shape, the type, and the kind of fuel.

For instance, electric chafing dishes are the best if you have an electrical outlet readily available nearby. Obviously, a big advantage of an electric chafing dish is that—barring any inconvenient power outages—it will never run out of fuel.

More common types of chafing dishes for sale are those that run on canned fuel. Canned heat produces a chemical-based flame that is designed to be emitted from chafing dish burners. Units that use a chemical-based flame for the chafing dish burner are ideal for use in catering events where electrical outlets are hard to find.

Fuel for Chafing Dishes

One of the most important chafing dish accessories is fuel. There are many types of fuel for chafing dishes. The two most common types are ethanol and methanol. While ethanol produces a relatively higher heat of combustion than methanol, both types of fuel are excellent sources and can get the job done well even in the most demanding restaurants and catering establishments.

Another common type of fuel for chafing dish is diethylene glycol, which is considered the safest of the three. This type of fuel is very safe because it is not actually combustible. The key to utilizing this type of fuel for chafing dish is a wick that allows the chemical to be combusted.

Commercial Chafing Dishes and Fuel for Chafing Dishes

Here at Rapids Wholesale, you can choose from a large selection of commercial chafing dishes and fuel for chafing dish.

Choose from different capacities, depending on what you require for your establishment: get a 4 quart chafing dish and an 8 quart chafing dish or commercial chafing dishes with 6-, 7.4-, and 9-quart capacities.  

You can also choose from different styles: if you are looking for a soup chafing dish, we have two varieties to choose from (7.4 quarts and 4.2 quarts) as well as different sizes ranging from a round chafing dish, an oval chafing dish, a rectangular chafing dish, and more. 

In the case of fuel for chafing dish, we have an available selection in different ranges of burning times.

Check out our Power Heat chafing fuel gel (with a two-hour burn time) that produces more heat output than wick types, or perhaps you might prefer a longer-burn wick chafing fuel (with a six-hour burn time) that includes a resealable screw cap. 

Replacement fuel holders and chafer storage boxes are also available here at Rapids.