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Goose
06-17-2009, 04:23 PM
Can anyone tell me how long a sterno can will burn for?

TIA

txschutte
06-17-2009, 04:31 PM
The ones that Rapids sells say up to six hours I believe.

mredowling
06-17-2009, 04:47 PM
yup 6 hrs.
they make a longer time ones but not worth the money.

Goose
06-17-2009, 05:53 PM
Thanks gents, thats plenty of time then.

Bigdog
06-17-2009, 05:56 PM
I imagine that the 6 hrs. is for non windy conditions. Wind or fans etc. can greatly reduce that time IMHO.

bbqbull
06-17-2009, 06:47 PM
Mine burn for over 5 hours, little cans seem to have almost half of the liquid in them left.
I buy mine at Sams Club.

Plowboy
06-17-2009, 07:40 PM
Look at the Sterno. Some are 2 hours and some are 6. It will say on the package.

C Rocke
06-17-2009, 08:33 PM
Sam's here has the best price on 6 hour. 2 hour are too expensive.

tony76248
06-18-2009, 11:17 AM
I never get the 6 hours as advertised. that said, the 2 hr type last about one hour.

BBQchef33
06-18-2009, 02:07 PM
the one I get at costco last for days.. The farkin wind keeps blowing them out and they dont burn when they're not lit. :)

big brother smoke
06-18-2009, 02:12 PM
I hate trying to keep the sternos with leftovers. The farking can tends to leak no matter how tight I screw the lid on.

Countryhb
06-18-2009, 02:18 PM
I hate trying to keep the sternos with leftovers. The farking can tends to leak no matter how tight I screw the lid on.
And then I'm the one trying to unscrew the lid that you used every ounce of might to screw on!!

TOPS BBQ
06-18-2009, 02:39 PM
I use the cans at Smart & Final (2 & 4 hour). Of course, they don't last that long. I have a hard time seeing the use for a 6 hour sterno.

Has anyone looked into getting the electric or propane chafers?

big brother smoke
06-18-2009, 03:01 PM
And then I'm the one trying to unscrew the lid that you used every ounce of might to screw on!!

Thats why you make the big bucks :tongue:

C Rocke
06-18-2009, 04:41 PM
And then I'm the one trying to unscrew the lid that you used every ounce of might to screw on!!

Try not, just do!

RSGuy
04-05-2010, 07:49 AM
I use the cans at Smart & Final (2 & 4 hour). Of course, they don't last that long. I have a hard time seeing the use for a 6 hour sterno.

Has anyone looked into getting the electric or propane chafers?

I was also curious about this. Has anyone tried using one of these electric chafer heaters (http://www.webstaurantstore.com/vollrath-46060-universal-electric-chafer-heater-120v/92246060.html)?

fireman_pete
04-05-2010, 02:45 PM
I use the 6 hour ones (from Sams Club) each week at our Farmers Market. I burn them for 4-5 hours and they work fine (as long as there is no wind)

I throw them away each weekend, and do not mess the little bit of left over fuel.

I am currently looking for a propane chafing table (3 bay) but have not found one yet (reasonable)

Pete

I use the cans at Smart & Final (2 & 4 hour). Of course, they don't last that long. I have a hard time seeing the use for a 6 hour sterno.

Has anyone looked into getting the electric or propane chafers?

grillfella
04-05-2010, 05:14 PM
the one I get at costco last for days.. The farkin wind keeps blowing them out and they dont burn when they're not lit. :)

Try wrapping foil around your chaffers works great for outdoor events

bbq lover
04-05-2010, 08:23 PM
Try wrapping foil around your chaffers works great for outdoor events

we wrap the stand with foil and only leave a small area open and we get 6 hrs in wind all good my wife now made some nice chafing dish covers in red blue and black that fit very snug to the base and drap down around the base to the table looks a bit nicer lol

Jerk Pit Master
04-05-2010, 08:55 PM
Don't recall the price, but I got a great deal on a 72 pack 2-hr gels at Restaurant Depot last year.

The one's from Sam's will leak even when brand new, you just have to keep them level.

TIP: For those of you that use charcoal chimneys, try using the almost finished cans as fire starters rather than newspaper. They work well and creat a lot less smoke and mess.

blues_n_cues
04-06-2010, 10:13 AM
Try wrapping foil around your chaffers works great for outdoor events


works for me.:thumb: