View Full Version : Hot bricks in Cambro

03-07-2010, 07:30 PM
Anyone used hot bricks on a 4" pan in the cambro to help maintain heat and blue ice in a 4" pan in another cambro to help maintain cold?

Just Smokin' Around
03-07-2010, 09:48 PM
A Cambro says it loses 1 degree an hour. I'm not sure what kind of holding times you're looking for, but if you put piping hot food in a cambro, it'll be piping hot hours later unless you open and close it alot. The cold side I'm not as familar with, but I would think the same would apply. The blue ice wouldn't hurt. If nothing else, you can pre cool, or pre heat prior to putting foods in.

Smokin Mike
03-07-2010, 09:57 PM
honestly, I didn't know how to answer, I use a Cambro only for holding, if I am not careful, I can get food to continue cooking in a cambro, I wouldn't add any heat to the device at all.

trust me, you will never have a problem of holding heat, ever. (disclaimer,,, I only held meat, longest, 8 hours, still pipping hot!)

03-07-2010, 09:58 PM
I pre-heat my cambros with boiling water in a 2" pan for about 30 minutes before I use them.

I load them with butts and brisket off the smoker, and up to 6-7 hours later the meat is still too hot to handle.

I remove the water before I load the cambro.


03-07-2010, 10:17 PM
Thanks, I just got two 400's and was wondering about pre-heating or cooling but from the responses I got I was overthinking it.

03-07-2010, 11:58 PM
I've got a used MPC 400 with a gasket that leaks a little at the top of the door. It will still hold temps very well, like up to 8 hours with no problem.

03-08-2010, 08:32 AM
FYI - most HD's will not allow you to hold food in a cambro for longer than 4 hours. Neeed a commercial holding unit with heating elements. I looked at them but can jut use the cambro as I don't hold that long.

03-08-2010, 09:02 AM
I pre-cool mine, and have not found pre-heating necessary...

03-08-2010, 09:23 AM
I always preheat with a kettle of boiling water. They do have a heating element option for the 400 series now..

early mornin' smokin'
03-08-2010, 09:48 AM
fill with hot, not boiling water, close the lid, let it sit for 20 minutes, empty....have held meats 8+hrs no problem

Jacked UP BBQ
03-08-2010, 10:53 AM
Purchase the electric one like me!:mrgreen:

03-08-2010, 12:31 PM
you could also use camwarmers and camchillers and thermabarriers if you want one cambro to hold hot and cold food

03-23-2012, 03:17 AM
Cambro brick red ultra pan carrier for 8" deep pans when you need a quick and easy way to store or transport one full size food pan of hot or cold food. Thanks!