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 concerned about cleaning your catering equipment hire after using it at your event or occasion? If time is a factor while packing up or you know you’ve got too much else to get done, then you should definitely consider using our send it back dirty service.

Catering equipment hire can be hard to clean after a hire period, especially if it's been in constant usage. Ovens and barbecues in particular can require a good amount of elbow grease to get them clean. Rather than cracking out the scourer, for just 25% of the hire price you can add our "send it back dirty service" in the checkout. Just wipe off any food debris or liquid and we’ll sort the rest.

How does delivery of warming hire work?

At Expo Hire Birmingham, we pride ourselves on high standards. That's why we thoroughly clean, check and PAT test our electrical appliances prior to delivery. All equipment is supplied with a 3 pin UK plug, meaning it's widely compatible in all venues. Please Note: You may need to check your venue's wiring does not become overloaded. We can also provide proof of PAT testing should you require it.

We’ve made it easier than ever to work out how much it will cost to get your event hire order delivered. Simply tap the Expo Hire Birmingham logo anywhere on the website to take you to the homepage, where you will find our carriage calculator button. Enter your postcode into the clever widget and it will confirm not only what the costs for delivery and collection are, but confirm which of our websites is closest to you so you don’t need to worry about overpaying.

We’ve also listed every possible extra charge on the carriage calculator page. If applicable, these charges are confirmed in the checkout once you have confirmed your delivery dates and address and are itemised in full so that there are no nasty surprises.

Want to know when your delivery is coming? You can track your driver using our real time maps on the day of delivery and collection. Simply tap the link in the automated text we send you and you can find out where they are - no need to call for updates.