Warming

If you need to keep and serve food hot at your event, then our warming hire will be what you need. Choose from Bain Maries, Chafing Dishes and Hot Cupboards to get your perfect solution.

Full Size Chafing Dish Hire   Chafing Dishes
£10.00 exc-Vat
Plain Top Hot Cupboard Hire   Hot Cupboards
£70.00 exc-Vat
Round Chafing Dish Hire   Chafing Dishes
£10.00 exc-Vat

Whether it’s for a buffet or a kitchen, warming hire is essential for keeping food warm. We have various options available to help you with what you need.

What do I need to know about warming hire?

There are a few solutions available for warming hire, depending on what you need to keep warm and for how long.

If you’ve got a buffet, then our bain maries and chafing dishes are just what you need. Both work on the same principle; using a container with heated water to keep your container of food warm. The only difference is the fuel used to keep the water warm; the bain maries use electricity while chafing dishes use tins of chafing fuel. As a general rule, two chafing fuel burners are needed for each rectangular chafing dish.

What can hot cupboard hire be used for?

Hot cupboard hire is essential for busy kitchens which need extra space to keep food warm. They’re also very useful for one-off events which aren’t normally set up for extended food service.

There are essentially two kinds of hot cupboards for hire available on our website. Standard hot cupboards are great for keeping plates warm ready for service and can come with bain marie and heated gantry options for keeping food hot. Our mobile hot cupboards are particularly useful for spaces which aren’t normally commercial kitchens.

These hot cupboards are typically counter sized and can be used for serving food as well as keeping it warm.

Hot holding cupboards are designed to keep food warm ready for service and are designed to hold either gastronorm containers or plated meals. They can also offer different modes, such as proofing which is great for any kitchen which makes lots of dough-based products.

Holding cabinets are generally upright and can come with glass doors to make it possible to see what is inside without opening the door and affecting the temperature.

Do you need to order chafing fuel?

All of our chafing dishes are hired without chafing fuel. Please order separately if you need it.

  • Chafing fuel is available in 2 hour and 6 hour burn times
  • Multipacks of fuel are available
  • Standard rectangular chafing dishes need two pots of fuel per dish
  • Non-standard sizes will have differing requirements. Please check when ordering

Does warming hire need to be cleaned before collection?

Does the idea of cleaning catering equipment hire after your event give you nightmares? If time is a factor or you just don't want to do it, then our "send it back dirty" service is what you need.

It's a fact that catering equipment hire can be hard to clean after an event, especially things like ovens and barbecues. Instead of having to crack out the marigolds, for just 25% of the hire price you don't need to worry about it. Simply select the "send it back dirty service" in the checkout, and all you need to do is to wipe off any food debris or liquid and we’ll sort the rest.

How does delivery of warming hire work?

We take pride in our products at Expo Hire Chiltern, which is why we inspect, clean and PAT test all of our equipment prior to delivery. Evidence of PAT testing can be also provided. Please Note: All of our electric products are powered by a standard three-pin UK plug. You will need to check your power requirements prior to use to ensure, to ensure they are compatible and will not be overloaded.

It’s easy to find out the cost of getting your event hire delivered and collected from us. Simply tap the Expo Hire Chiltern logo from any page to be taken to the homepage, where you will find the carriage calculator button. Enter your postcode to not only find the carriage charge to that postcode, but to check which of our websites is based closest so you don’t pay more than you have to.

You can also see what extra charges your order might incur on that page. This is all calculated in the checkout; once you have confirmed your delivery address and dates of delivery and collection, if any are applicable these will be itemised for you before you pay so that there are no hidden surprises.

Want to know when your delivery is coming? You can track your driver using our real time maps on the day of delivery and collection. Simply tap the link in the automated text we send you and you can find out where they are - no need to call for updates.