Strip warmers, sometimes called Bar Heaters, are used to keep prepared food warm until served. They are commonly found in a special area between the kitchen and front of house, where plated food can sit and stay warm for a few minutes until it is loaded up on the tray. Using Strip Warmers will keep food hot and delicious as well as ensuring that it is served at a safe temperature. Using a hanging or ceiling mounted strip warmer is a great solution for commercial kitchens that need to keep plated food warm before it is served, this will ensure that food is served at the peak of flavor and hot enough for safe service.
You will want to consider the element type when selecting a model. The heating elements on Strip Warmers are calrod, ceramic, infrared, or quartz. Infrared bulbs are heat food with radiant energy; these deliver less heat than some other methods and are a good choice for a variety of different foods. Calrod elements are a metal sheathed heating element that runs the length of the warmer. The heat is directed down to the food by reflector panels. Ceramic heating elements tend to generate more heat than simple metal calrods. They also have a larger heating surface and are shaped to direct heat down to the food. This produces a higher, more intense heat than other elements. For this reason, ceramic warmers will need to be hung a little higher; else they may dry out or burn the food. Quartz strip warmers are energy efficient and have elements that are easy to change by hand.