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Buffet Servers That Offer a Touch of Class

By Andrew Burgon /
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December 12, 2014

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Buffet Servers That Keep the Food Hot for Guests

Buffet servers that allow you to heat and keep all your food hot at the same time offer the ultimate in convenience. They also add a touch of class to the dining experience you’re providing your guests. They’re a godsend for hosts like myself who like to have parties with at least 15 guests attending. These buffet servers with warming trays are great for a number of uses.

The first use that comes to mind is for long casual snacking. When I was hosting board game parties I would cook a big pot of beef potato stew and leave it on the stove. Anytime friends wanted to help themselves they could. This allowed us to keep on gaming for hours. The food, however, had to be reheated again and again. With buffet servers it would have been unnecessary.

Another situation is long, casual parties with guests arriving at different times or guests who arrive late. As a host I appreciate those things like coffee makers and buffet servers that take care of my guests so I can spend more time with them.

The third is for events. Say, for example, a school is having a fair and you’ve agreed to be in charge of a station of food. Buffet servers will enable you to serve hot food all morning long without the need for reheating food.

Amazon (United States) has a number of buffet servers worth taking a look at. They won’t break the bank either. They range in price from $US39 – $US129. That’s a sweet price to pay for what they offer in return.

Terms Encountered When Talking About Buffet Servers

For those of you wondering what QT means it’s a unit of volume equal to quarter of a gallon. To be exact, 1QT equals 0.946352946 liters. So if you see a product that has a “2.5QT oval stoneware pot” it’s referring to capacity.

Another term some may not be acquainted with is ‘sterno.’ Sterno is a fuel made from denatured and jellied alcohol. They’re used to heat a chafer or buffet server that doesn’t use electricity.

Read the Instruction Manual That Comes With the Buffet Server!

It might tell you, for instance, to put water into the pots first and set the temperature to high for 30 minutes or so. This is to help get rid of that plastic smell. Also, if the buffet server has three separate temperature knobs avoid setting them all to HIGH! Unless the instruction book states otherwise it could cause that sickening plastic smell or in extreme cases warp the unit!

Chafing Dishes & Buffet Servers That Don’t Use Electricity

I have included some buffet servers and chafing dishes that don’t require electricity. Instead, they use tea candles, sterno or a kind of fuel cell to heat the food. The great thing about these is that you don’t have power cords that guests may accidentally trip over thus allowing you to put one just about anywhere. Provided the wind isn’t too strong they can also be used at a picnic, garden or beach party.

Chafing dishes are only used to keep food warm. You put about an inch of hot water in the water pan inside the chafing dish. Then you put the fuel cell into the fuel holder and place the cover on top in the open position. Next, place it in the slot under the chafing dish and light the fuel with a long tip lighter . Let it heat for about 20 minutes before putting the food in. Naturally, the food should ideally be hot when placed inside the chafer.

Many of these buffet servers and chafers got awesome consumer reviews. Be sure to check them out. Clicking on any of the pictures below will take you to Amazon where I’m an affiliate.

If you have any tips or ideas about buffet warmers and chafers please share them in the comment section below. Thanks.

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One Comment

  1. Jame says:

    Thank for the tips sharing, i’ve been looking to buy the electric one

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