Buffets, caterers or anybody that wants to keep their hot food in an attractive display can utilize one of the many chafing dishes available at FoodServiceWarehouse.com. When looking for a new chafer, consider the shape, where it will be used and the fuel type. Chafing dishes, also known as "chafers," can be used at a temporary buffet spread, or even at a permanent spread in a banquet or hotel environemnt. Chafing dishes come in oval, rectangular and round shapes. The shape you want depends greatly on your preference and needs. Most entrées are served from oval or rectangular chafers while sides and desserts are served from round models. Round models have the most even heating because the very edges of the pan are all the same distance from the center part of the pan. If you are serving soup, special soup chafers are also available, as are special gravy or sauce chafers.
Another thing to keep in mind when selecting chafing dishes is heat type; they can use either electricity or canned heat. Canned heat produces a chemical-based flame that is placed on a special holder underneath the dish. Canned heat is ideal for caterers or other event planners that do not have electrical outlets near their buffet table, and is more portable than electric heated versions.
Electric chafers have a heating element that attaches to the bottom of the dish, so they need to be near an outlet. Most dishes can be converted to electric with the purchase of a portable electric stove, which can be found in the associated products. Electrically heated chafing dishes are ideal for use in areas where there are stringent restrictions on open flames, such as dry outdoor areas or indoor locations with strict fire codes. They are also convenient because they will never run out of fuel, unlike the fuel-powered models.