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Old 07-28-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default Cambro or similar

For those of you who use a Cambro or similar food pan carrier for comps, what size do you use? A make and model would be nice.
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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Ron, I use these two.

Carlisle CONQ-0300 Food Transport

Cambro CAMQ-3030 Food Transport (300MPC 4 PAN CA)

Cambro is better. Carlisle can leaky
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Just wondering why you would need one of these?
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Thanks... The Cambro 300MPC looks a little small in pictures. Would it hold a couple of butts in a pan, a couple of briskets in a pan and a pan of ice?
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Thanks... The Cambro 300MPC looks a little small in pictures. Would it hold a couple of butts in a pan, a couple of briskets in a pan and a pan of ice?
Yes! Ice
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Ron, I have had the best value using Carlisle 203000 from eqippers.com. Now priced near $167.00 plus s&h. Have used two in the last 75 contests, no leaks, problems at all. Holds five full pans each. ups bent a handle on initial delivery,had replacement from factory less than 24 hours later! Handles are plastic,Cambro used to be metal, I think that has changed. Great product, good luck, Steve.
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Yes! Ice
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Ron, I have had the best value using Carlisle 203000 from eqippers.com. Now priced near $167.00 plus s&h. Have used two in the last 75 contests, no leaks, problems at all. Holds five full pans each. ups bent a handle on initial delivery,had replacement from factory less than 24 hours later! Handles are plastic,Cambro used to be metal, I think that has changed. Great product, good luck, Steve.
Thanks, Steve. Does the Carlisle have a steam valve like the Cambro?
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No valve that I am aware of. Also forgot to say all of my uses have been hot.Steve.
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Ron the carlisles are said to be "self venting" no valve needed.... I have a SiLite 300 and a Carlisle. I like them both. No issues leaking in either.
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We use a Carlisle as well -- cold for prepped meats, hot for holding the next day. Makes life SO much easier.
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We use a Carlisle as well -- cold for prepped meats, hot for holding the next day. Makes life SO much easier.
That;s what i want to do with it as well. Are you using this one...



That's the one that ssbbqguy mentioned.
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That's what I use Ron. $137 at my local restaurant wholesaler.
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That's it!

Yeah, I know the Cambro seals better and has its fancy valve etc.... but the Carlisle has been working just fine for us. And we use it during packing to haul foil pans/half pans, cutting boards, plastic wrap roll, foil roll, knife case...
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Oh, and -- they want to sell you special pans to go in it, but we find that disposable foil full pans/half pans from Costco work just fine.
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One word of advice about Cambros:

If you put hot wrapped butts or briskets in them and close them up they will continue to cook for a while. Ours are so well insulated the meat temp only drops a couple degrees and hour so the carryover effect is substantial.

Never owned a Carlisle so I can't say, but the Cambros are nearly bulletproof. Don't depend on foil pans to handle heavy loads in them though. You need steel hotel pans or plastic containers to take all the weight hanging on the lip of the pans. It only takes one horrible baked bean incident to ruin your whole day!
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