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PorkQPine 03-07-2010 07:30 PM

Hot bricks in Cambro
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!)

fireman_pete 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.


PorkQPine 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.

Rookie'48 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.

Ford 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.

HoDeDo 03-08-2010 09:02 AM

I pre-cool mine, and have not found pre-heating necessary...

southernsmoker 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:

chopshop 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

DennyDustin 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!

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