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Rental Chafer Suggestions
The following suggestions will keep you safe and lead to greater overall satisfaction when using your rental chafers.
  • If your rental chafers use canned fuel, make sure that you stock up on enough of it to keep food warm as long as your wedding buffet lasts. One can of solid fuel usually lasts about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  • If your rental chafers use an electric heating element, make sure all electrical cords are out of the way to prevent trips.
  • To keep your wedding buffet looking its best, remember to rent matching serving pieces, such as spoons, salad tongs, meat forks, ladles, etc., as well as matching coffee urns and soup or gravy chafers.
  • Rent extra food pans for your chafers to prevent holdups in the buffet line caused by people waiting for fresh food.
  • Rent risers to lift some chafers off the table, enhancing buffet presentation by offering some vertical relief to side-by-side chafers at one level.
  • Put food in rental chafers while it is still hot to keep food tasting its best.
  • Preheat the water in the chafer’s basin before adding food to the chafer. Otherwise, the food could get cold before the water gets hot enough to do its job.
  • To protect your table linens or serving surface, always rent an underlying tray when using rental chafers with burners.
  • Place stainless-steel food pans — without plastic or wooden handles — in holding ovens to keep food hot until time to place in rental chafers.
  • Use rental chafers to serve cold foods by filling their water pans with cold water.
  • To avoid rental damage fees, make sure to protect your rented chafer from scratches during transport.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your wedding chafer needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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