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Unread 02-09-2010, 10:14 AM   #1
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Default Carlisle vs Cambro

Mike (thenewguy) mentioned in another thread that he uses Carlisle food carriers instead of Cambros. I was doing some research and these things are about half the cost of a Cambro. For example this one looks similar to a Cambro UPC400:
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/suff...1PC300/RD.html

Can those of you who uses these offere any thoughts about quality? Of course I trust Mike - just throwing this out there so that I have something to think about other than snow
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Been looking at those too. Everything I have heard is positive.
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They are probably equivalent as far as keeping food warm. I use a cambro, which appears to be the same size as the carlisle in your link. It only cost me 166.00 at RD.

I would go with whatever one is cheaper.
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They are probably equivalent as far as keeping food warm. I use a cambro, which appears to be the same size as the carlisle in your link. It only cost me 166.00 at RD.

I would go with whatever one is cheaper.
You got a UPC400 for $166???? That's a great price!
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Mike (thenewguy) mentioned in another thread that he uses Carlisle food carriers instead of Cambros. I was doing some research and these things are about half the cost of a Cambro. For example this one looks similar to a Cambro UPC400:
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/suff...1PC300/RD.html

Can those of you who uses these offere any thoughts about quality? Of course I trust Mike - just throwing this out there so that I have something to think about other than snow
Monty, isn't a carlisle PC300 smaller than a Cambro UPC400?
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Here are the interior dimensions of a Cambro upc400 According to this:http://www.acitydiscount.com/Cambro-....57418.1.1.htm)

Interior Dimensions: 21" D x 13-1/8" W x 19-1/8" H

The other link I provided to a Carlisle gives the interior dimensions as:
21"H x 13 1/4W" x 17"D.

Slight difference, but because I've never used either I can't judge whether the size difference is an issue.
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Our Carlisle has served perfectly well for us.
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Carlisle here, no problems.
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Will this one hold 2 briskets and 2-4 whole butts? And what kind/size pans should I get?

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I have that Carlisle and am happy with it, but keep in mind I've only used it a few times.

I use 2 1/2" deep full pans for brisket and 4" deep 1/2 pans for butts. You can definitely fit 2 briskets and 2 butts, but I don't know about another rack of butts. If you put both briskets in 1 pan, you may be able to maneuver it. I'm sure others with more experience will provide better insight.
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No complaints about our carlisles! I believe they fit 4 4" deep full restaurant pans. I could easily fit 2 8-9 lb butts and two packers in one.
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I have been using 3 Carlisle's for the last 5 years and have had to replace one gasket and 1 latch due to operator error.

Here is where I purchased mine.

http://www.equippers.com/shop/produc...0111&pid=10338
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This thread saved me $150+
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Carlisles have served us well for 2 years now.
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its the same exact thing
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