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Old 03-07-2010, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default 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?
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:48 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 03-07-2010, 10:58 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 03-07-2010, 11:17 PM   #5
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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.
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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.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:32 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:02 AM   #8
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I pre-cool mine, and have not found pre-heating necessary...
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:23 AM   #9
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I always preheat with a kettle of boiling water. They do have a heating element option for the 400 series now..
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:48 AM   #10
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fill with hot, not boiling water, close the lid, let it sit for 20 minutes, empty....have held meats 8+hrs no problem
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:53 AM   #11
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:31 PM   #12
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you could also use camwarmers and camchillers and thermabarriers if you want one cambro to hold hot and cold food
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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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