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Chafing Dishes

Restaurant and catering chafing dishes are indispensable to your professional kitchen. At TigerChef, we bring you a wide range of chafing dishes, lids, and chafer accessories from top brands including Vollrath, Eastern Tabletop, Buffet Enhancements, Thunder Group, Winco, and many more. Our huge selection includes chafer boxes, chafer griddles, induction chafers, electric chafing dishes, and sterno fuel chafing dishes.


Our chafers also come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including rectangular chafing dishes, oval, square, and round chafing dishes. We have roll-top cover and lift-off cover chafers, as well as chafers with dome covers and rectangular covers. All are made of stainless steel in every style and configuration imaginable, at unbeatable prices. Many of our products feature a lovely mirror finish as well as other adornments to match any decor. We carry full-size chafers, half-size chafers, and many other quart (qt) capacities for any food service need.

Serve foods such as casseroles and other buffet catering options, hot and fresh at your restaurant or home celebrations with quality chafing dishes from TigerChef. You can also get creative with chafers and use them as fondue pots, to serve sauces, or you can even fill them with ice like a mini cooler to keep salads and desserts chilled. When you choose chafers with accents, they can enhance your dining room decor and even become an intrinsic part of a kitchen makeover.

What are chafing dishes?

The term "chafing dish" is derived from the French word ""chauffer," which means "to make warm." As such, a chafing dish is a type of food serving vessel that keeps food warm for longer than steam table food pans or hotel pans. A chafing dish uses indirect heat to keep its contents warm. The heat source, which may be from fuel, electricity, or induction, is used to heat water to produce steam. The steam heats the chafing dish, keeping the food it contains warm. Our fuel-chafing dishes come with fuel holders, and chafing gel fuel is available at a low cost from our website.

Chafing dishes are a crucial addition to most foodservice businesses. Not only do chafing dishes act as vessels to keep food hot, but they also ensure food safety by keeping food at optimal serving temperatures, preventing it from spoiling. They are mainly used on buffet tables in restaurants, catering services, and hotels, but since they are growing in popularity, they can also be found in private homes for use at family gatherings or holiday parties. Like most cookware, chafing dishes also come in various sizes and shapes. There are traditional chafing dishes with a wide but shallow pan and a cover, and coffee chafer urns to keep beverages hot. Chafer griddles, on the other hand, keep dry, grilled food, like pancakes or grilled meat, warm.

The bottom line is that chafing dishes are the perfect way to keep appetizers, entrees, and desserts at their optimal temperatures without the hassle of having to reheat them in the oven or use a full steam table. In addition to our stainless steel chafer models, we also carry attractive disposable chafing dishes in the event you need to host a large outdoor party or need temporary food displays and heating for a one-time event.

Basic Elements of a Chafing Dish Buffet Set

  • Chafing Food Pans: The main part of a chafing dish, the chafing food pan, holds the food above the water pan, keeping it warm. We have full size food pans that can hold large main entrees, half size food pans that can be used for side dishes or two can be used to serve two different food types side-by-side.
  • Chafing Water Pan The water pan is also extremely important, as it holds the hot water that creates the steam, which keeps food warm and moist in the food pan.
  • Chafing Pan Lid or Chafer Cover: The lid seals in moisture, heat, and flavor while also keeping out dust and other airborne contaminants. We have opaque pans and covers, as well as glass top covers that feature elegant design options that allow you to check food without removing the lid and releasing heat.
  • Chafing Wire Racks/Frames: Chafing racks or frames are made from heavy gauge steel wire, stainless steel, or other similar materials, designed to elevate the chafer on the table. We have chafing racks and frames with stay-cool wood handles, as well as frames and racks with gold accents and brass accents for upscale, formal events.
  • Chafing Fuel: The fuel is the odorless, smokeless substance that keeps the food inside chafing dishes hot enough to maintain optimal serving temperatures.
  • Serving Utensils: From spatulas to serving spoons, the serving utensils you use will make it easy to transfer food from food pans to plates and bowls.

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How to care for your chafing dishes

The ideal time is two to six hours, although you can extend this time if you continue to add water and fuel.

The main thing to consider is what capacity you will need. A four to six quart pan (also called a half-size pan) will suit the needs of smaller, intimate events. If you're running a catered event or planning a home event with lots of guests, you'll need full-size chafers with eight to nine quart capacities.

It's also important to consider the heating source. Traditional chafers that require gel fuel are ideal for restaurants, however for home use, you may want an induction chafer or an electric chafer to avoid potential fire hazards.

Cleanup is typically simple, especially if you choose one of our stainless steel chafing dishes. Most of the parts of our stainless steel chafing dishes are dishwasher safe, This includes the food pan, and the water pan. The frame, cover and other parts, especially those with accents, may require hand washing after which they should be wiped dry with a microfiber cloth to retain their shine.