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Chafer Dishes

If you run a buffet- or banquet-type restaurant, you will need a chafer dish to keep the food displayed in your tables warm and ready to eat for your diners. You can choose from chafer dishes with a removable-type or roll-type covers, manufactured by some of the most reputable brands in the market today, Browne, Rapids, and Vollrath.

  1. Vollrath Dakota Chafer, Full Size, 9 Qt


    Full Size, 9 Qt, 25-5/8"W x 14-5/16"D x 13-9/16"H, 16 lbs

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  2. Vollrath Maximillian Steel Chafer


    9 Qt Full Size Chafer, 23-1/2"W x 17"D x 12-1/2"H, 19 lbs

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  3. Vollrath Maximillian Steel Chafer


    4.2 Qt Round Chafer, 15"Dia x 11-1/2"H, 10 lbs

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  4. Vollrath Orion 6 Qt. Large Round Chafer


    6 Qt Round, 19"W x 19-1/4"D x 13-1/2"H, 17 lbs

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  5. Vollrath Orion 4 Qt. Small Round Chafer


    4 Qt Round, 15-1/2"Dia x 12-1/2"H, 11 lbs

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  6. Vollrath 46501 Orion Small 4 Qt. Oval Chafer


    4 Qt Oval, 18-1/2"W x 15-1/4"D x 12-11/16"H, 13 lbs

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  7. Vollrath Orion Large, 6 Qt. Oval Chafer


    6 Qt Oval, 21-3/4"W x 17-1/2"D x 13-3/8"H, 19 lbs

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  8. Chafer With Folding Frame


    Bellaire collection chafer with polished cover and a folding frame for easier transport and space saving.

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  9. Chrome Plated Wire Chafer Stand


    Medium size chrome plated wire chafer stand.

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  10. 4 Quart Round Chafer Vollrath 46322


    4 Qt Round Chafer with Mirror Finish

    15-1/4"W x 12-1/2"D x 11-3/4"H, 8 lbs.

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Chafer Dishes

A chafer dish is a type of portable grate that is raised on a tripod and used for foods that require relatively “gentle” cooking and away from the “harsh” heat of direct flames. A commercial chafing dish is most commonly used to keep food warm in a banquet- or buffet-style restaurant or in hotel buffets.

Caterers, in particular, typically use catering chafing dishes to keep the food warm while on display. The good thing about commercial chafing dishes is that even while they keep the food warm enough, they prevent overcooking.

Choosing the Ideal Commercial Chafing Dishes for Your Restaurant

Needless to say, it is important for you to choose the proper commercial chafing dish for your food-service establishment to make sure that you get the best value for your money. When picking out a chafer dish, you need to consider the type of chafer, the shape, and the fuel type that it will run on.

For instance, a round chafing dish has the most even heating because the edges of the pan are all the same distance from the center. An oval chafing dish as well as a rectangular chafing dish, on the other hand, is the most commonly used in serving entrées while desserts and side dishes are typically served in round chafing dishes.

For soups, a specifically designed soup chafing dish is ideal, which can also be used for heating or warming sauce or gravy.  

When it comes to the fuel type, you can choose from canned heat or electricity. An electric chafing dish, as its name suggests, have a heating element that is powered by electricity. This heating element is attached to the bottom of your electric chafing dish warmer. Needless to say, this type of chafing dish needs to be near an outlet in order to operate well. An electric chafing dish is perfect for use in establishments where there are strict restrictions in the usage of open flames, most especially areas with strict fire codes. An advantage of an electric chafing dish warmer is that it will never run out of fuel.

Another type of chafer dish is one that produces canned heat. Canned heat, in turn, produces a chemical-based flame that is positioned on a special holder underneath the chafer dishes. This type of chafer dish is perfect for use in catering events where electrical outlets near the buffet table are not readily available.

Chafer Dishes for Sale Here at Rapids Wholesale

Here at Rapids Wholesale, you can choose from a large selection of commercial chafing dishes ideal for use in food-service establishments, restaurants, and hotels that specialize in banquet and buffet-style meals.

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. 

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