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Chafing Dish

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Chafing dishes on a buffet

Chafing dishes on a buffet.

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A chafing dish is a container used for keeping cooked foods warm, usually on a buffet or for catering.

A chafing dish is typically constructed with a dish for the food situated above a heat source of some kind. Chafing dishes can be set up with a water bath, or bain-marie, between the heat source and the food. This allows the food to be heated more gently.

Chafing dish fuel is typically a solid fuel that comes in a small can and is easily ignited with a match or lighter.

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