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Chafing Fuel Buying Guide


Chafing Fuel is designed to keep food the proper temperature when serving.

Imagine you are going to a buffet, you have been waiting in line for almost half an hour to taste the caterers delicious looking food. As you approach the buffet you notice that no steam is rising from any of the dishes. Nonchalantly you choose to have a chicken breast and mashed potatoes. Once back to your table you start digging into what should have been an amazing meal, except that the food is ice cold. It would appear that the organizers bought two hour long chafing fuel for a six hour event. This is an easy mistake to make, after all, chafing fuel is all the same, right? Wrong! To make sure that this scenario doesn’t happen to you or your customers, we’ve given you all the information you need to choose the right type of fuel for your event.

Wick Fuel

Wick fuels are completely non flammable and have containers made from recycled/recyclable materials. Featuring a visible blue/red tinted flame these fuels will not evaporate if left uncapped (unlike alcohol based fuels) and have a container that stays cool while in use to prevent accidents. Flammable gels and alcohol based fuels are stored in the ‘Dangerous Goods’ area during transport, while non hazardous/dangerous wick fuels can be stored in any location saving you insurance premiums and freight costs. Odorless so the only thing you smell is your delicious meal, wick fuels can be relit and reused giving you 100% fuel usage so you get the best wick for your buck.


Guardian Safe Pad:
With a specific focus on safety these fuels feature a special fuel holding reservoir. If the container gets knocked over or turned sideways the fuel becomes caught in the reservoir and prevents spilling. Their resealable and easy to open metal plug cap makes them more economical than screw cap wick fuels and they are sold in 4 and 6 hour burn times.

Net Weight: 8.4 oz (238 g) and 9.52 oz (270 g)

Shelf Life: 12 months
Flame: Wide width.
Heat: Hottest.
Uses: banquet services, fondue, chafing dishes, longer events.

Ready Wick Screw Cap:
With their convenient pull off/put on plastic screw caps these wick fuels are perfect for recapping and reusing. They are available in 4 and 6 hour burn times.

Net Weight: 5.57 oz (163 g) and 8.57 oz (243 g)

Shelf Life: 12 months
Flame: Medium width.
Heat: Hot.
Uses: chafing dishes, longer events.

Things to Consider For All Chafing Fuels

  • Be sure that you purchase the right amount of fuel for your event.
  • Ensure that you bought fuel with the correct burn times.
  • Chafing fuels are used to keep food warm, they are not designed to cook food.
  • Canned chafing fuel should be placed away from flammable objects or decorations (curtains, napkins, etc.)
  • Ensure that the can is in place before lighting.
  • Use a long reach match or butane lighter to light chafing fuels, do not use lit cans or papers.
  • Do not leave burning fuels unattended.
  • Lit cans should not be picked up or carried while in use.
  • Cans being used in heating equipment (chafing dishes) should be removed before moving the dish.
  • Use the proper tools to extinguish the flame (cap as a snuffer) not your hands!
  • Put the lid/cap back on the can before throwing it out to prevent any excess fuel from leaking.

Gel Fuels

  • Do not use sharp objects to open the lid, use dull objects such as a spoon.
  • Do not carry the can while in use, they become hot over time.
  • Be sure to place your hand over the lid while opening the can.
  • Be sure to use a non flammable object to put out the flame (saucer), never blow out the flame.
  • Wait until the can is cool before moving it after use.
  • Use blunt objects (spoon) to remove leftover gel on the lid after use, do not use your fingers or clothing.

Wick Fuels

  • Blow out the flame to extinguish it.
  • Wait until the wick is cool after use before moving the can.
  • Do not touch the wick after use.
  • Do not damage the wick.


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