Please Note: Our first available delivery or collection date is now Monday 11th July.

Warming

If you need to keep and serve food hot at your event, then our warming hire will be what you need. Choose from Bain Maries, Chafing Dishes and Hot Cupboards to get your perfect solution.

Full Size Chafing Dish Hire   Chafing Dishes
£10.00 exc-Vat
Plain Top Hot Cupboard Hire   Hot Cupboards
£70.00 exc-Vat
Round Chafing Dish Hire   Chafing Dishes
£10.00 exc-Vat

Whether it’s for a buffet or a kitchen, warming hire is essential for keeping food warm. We have various options available to help you with what you need.

What do I need to know about warming hire?

There are a few solutions available for warming hire, depending on what you need to keep warm and for how long.

If you’ve got a buffet, then our bain maries and chafing dishes are just what you need. Both work on the same principle; using a container with heated water to keep your container of food warm. The only difference is the fuel used to keep the water warm; the bain maries use electricity while chafing dishes use tins of chafing fuel. As a general rule, two chafing fuel burners are needed for each rectangular chafing dish.

What can hot cupboard hire be used for?

Hot cupboard hire is essential for busy kitchens which need extra space to keep food warm. They’re also very useful for one-off events which aren’t normally set up for extended food service.

There are essentially two kinds of hot cupboards for hire available on our website. Standard hot cupboards are great for keeping plates warm ready for service and can come with bain marie and heated gantry options for keeping food hot. Our mobile hot cupboards are particularly useful for spaces which aren’t normally commercial kitchens.

These hot cupboards are typically counter sized and can be used for serving food as well as keeping it warm.

Hot holding cupboards are designed to keep food warm ready for service and are designed to hold either gastronorm containers or plated meals. They can also offer different modes, such as proofing which is great for any kitchen which makes lots of dough-based products.

Holding cabinets are generally upright and can come with glass doors to make it possible to see what is inside without opening the door and affecting the temperature.

Do you need to order chafing fuel?

All of our chafing dishes are hired without chafing fuel. Please order separately if you need it.

  • Chafing fuel is available in 2 hour and 6 hour burn times
  • Multipacks of fuel are available
  • Standard rectangular chafing dishes need two pots of fuel per dish
  • Non-standard sizes will have differing requirements. Please check when ordering

Does warming hire need to be cleaned before collection?

Are you worried about cleaning your catering equipment hire read for collection after your event or occasion? Washing up isn't the nicest of jobs at the best of times and with time and energy potentially on the short side, our "send it back dirty" service might be just what you need.

We know that catering equipment hire can be hard to clean after a hire period of full usage; our experience in cleaning ovens and barbecues alone is testament to that. Rather than worrying about scrubbing off those stubborn stains, for just 25% of the hire price you can leave it all to us. All you need to do is select the "send it back dirty" service in the checkout, and then simply wipe off any food debris or liquid before collection; we’ll sort the rest.

How does delivery of warming hire work?

At Expo Hire Solent, we specialise in the hire and supply of high-quality electrical appliances. We know this as we thoroughly clean, check and PAT test all of our products prior to delivery. What's more, our products are fitted with a standard 3 pin UK plug for compatibility. We advise that you check the limitation of your venue's wiring circuit prior to use, to ensure it does not become overloaded.

Finding out how much your delivery of event hire cost is easy. Simply tap the Expo Hire Solent logo anywhere on the website to be taken to the homepage where you will find the carriage calculator button. This clever widget will not only give you the exact costs to your venue postcode, it will also confirm which website is closest so you don’t have to worry about overpaying.

We also list all possible surcharges on that page. If any of these are applicable, they are confirmed in the checkout once you have reconfirmed your delivery address and dates, and are itemised in full so there are no nasty surprises before you pay.