How to Use Chafers & Urns

How to Use Chafers & Urns

At your next big get-together, block party, birthday bash or fundraising function make sure that you rent chafing dishes! Just think of the time you'll save warming the food and the easy serving capabilities your guests will have when they can serve themselves.

Operating Instructions:

Chafing Dish and Urn (Using Sterno Type Heat)

1. Do not use anything but Sterno type fuel in the burner.

2. Never light the burner unit before putting liquid into the water pan, urn or kettle body. Low flame is sufficient to maintain proper heat.

3. Do not put unit on a hot stove or an open flame.

4. Stainless steel food pans can be used for cooking. They can also be placed in the oven to keep food hot.

5. Chafing dish water pans should be filled with hot water. Check water pan when in use to insure sufficient water is contained at all times. Do not use without water.

Use of Sterno
Pry the lid off of Sterno and set Sterno container into the head cup. Light Sterno and adjust lid of heat cup at approximately 1/2 open. One can of Sterno should last from 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Chafing Dish and Urn (Using Alcohol Burner)

   1. Use only alcohol in burner unit. Never use lighter fluid, gasoline, or kerosene.
   2. Never light burner unit before putting liquid into water pan or urn. Low flame is sufficient to maintain proper heat. The wick therefore, should not extend more than 1/4-inch above wick opening.
   3. Do not put unit on hot stove or open flame.
   4. Do not overfill. Wipe burner dry before lighting.
   5. Chafing dish water pans should be filled with hot water. Check water pan when in use to insure sufficient water is contained at all times. Do not use without water.
   6. Kettles and urns must always contain at least one and one-half cups of liquid while in use. Before lighting, fill with hot coffee or tea, burner may then be turned up full and lit. Before drawing liquid from urn or kettle, reduce wick raiser down until only the top row of holes is visible (approximately 1/4-inch of wick will be exposed). Leave flame at this level as long as liquid remains in the urn or kettle. Shut off burner when liquid is withdrawn.

Tip: Always use an underlying tray with items using burners to protect your linen and/or serving surface.

Cleaning Instructions
Before returning chafing dish, scrape and wash food pans. Wash chafing dish and urns in lukewarm water and mild detergent. Never use harsh abrasives. 

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