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 ex-Vat
Plain Top Hot Cupboard Hire   Hot Cupboards
£70.00 ex-Vat
Round Chafing Dish Hire   Chafing Dishes
£10.00 ex-Vat
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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?

Worried about cleaning catering equipment hire after your occasion or event? If time is a factor or you know you’ve got too much else to de-rig, then our "send it back dirty" service is what you need.

Catering equipment can be hard to clean after a hire period of full usage – especially ovens and barbecues. Rather than breaking out the scourer, for 25% of the hire price you can leave it all to us. Just wipe off any food debris or liquid and we’ll sort the rest.

How does delivery of warming hire work?

At Expo Hire, we supply and deliver electrical equipment for hire to all major venues across the country. Prior to delivery, we thoroughly clean, inspect and PAT test all appliances, and evidence of this can be provided if needed. Please Note: Our electric products are fitted with a standard three-pin UK plug. You may also need to check the limitation of the wiring circuit at your venue, to ensure it will not become overloaded.

Working out delivery costs is easy with Expo Hire; simply use our carriage calculator to find which of our branches is near to you. Tap your postcode in and it will confirm not only whether we cover that postcode or not, but also which of our 11 branches is closest to you and the cost for delivery from that branch, as well as the list of possible extra charges.

Once you have filled your basket and confirmed your delivery dates and postcode in the checkout, we will show you an itemised cost for delivery so you know exactly what you’re paying for before you place your order.

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 enter your postcode and order number into our order tracking page and find out when our driver will be with you. You can also use the link we send you by automated text.