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.
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?
All of our equipment at Expo Hire London is cleaned, inspected and PAT tested prior to delivery, meaning you can be confident you'll receive products that are safe and in good condition. For compatibility reasons, all of our appliances are fitted with a 3 pin UK plug. We recommend that you check the limitations of your venue's wiring prior to use, to ensure it does not become overloaded.
Worried about delivery costs for your event hire? It’s easy to find out exactly how much they are by using our carriage calculator. Simply tap the Expo Hire London logo to be taken to the homepage where you’ll find a button for the carriage calculator. Enter your venue postcode in and not only will our clever widget give you the cost of delivery and collection, but it will confirm which of our websites is best to order from so you don’t overpay.
You’ll also find a list of all possible surcharges on that page. If any of these are applicable, they are confirmed in the checkout once you have reconfirmed your delivery address and dates and are itemised in full so there are no nasty surprises before you pay.