PLANS FOR BUILDING A CUSTOM STEAM TABLE

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2010/01/14 22:13:40 (permalink)

PLANS FOR BUILDING A CUSTOM STEAM TABLE

 
 Anyone out there tackle this idea ? Anyone know of any links for pics or plans online ?  Supply list/parts list ? Advice  ?  I have an electric steam table that I gutted and took apart. Now I'm on a quest to make it an LP steam table.  Any advice, ideas, or concerns ?



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    lornaschinske
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    Re:PLANS FOR BUILDING A CUSTOM STEAM TABLE 2010/01/15 14:57:54 (permalink)
    A steam table is basically a metal box (insulated) with a heat source. (LP gas burners like the cast iron ones here http://www.northerntool.c...ory_6970_763591+768409 vent for air will be needed). We use sterno cans (6 hr from Sam's Club http://www.samsclub.com/s...est=5&item=386613) with a water spillage/hotel pan (we bought this one but would do over with an SS one http://www.samsclub.com/s...mp;item=399526).  We use 2 of the 1/3 pans (bought used) with 2 of the 1/6 pans (chili & kraut).  We like our set up and it keeps the heat up (we hold food at 150F to 155F) using only one or two sterno cans.  Similar setup could easily use the LP burners.

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    THE WILD DOG
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    Re:PLANS FOR BUILDING A CUSTOM STEAM TABLE 2010/01/15 17:46:08 (permalink)
    LORN !!!  I really like your set up... I wanted to ask how the sterno's hold up ?  Do they omit any vapors that might be harmful if you would be in an enclosed trailer ? Say a 10ft concession trailer ? ( like me :-)  )   I checked out all of your pics.  Looks real good bud... I'd love to pick your brain for a bit to see what other ideas you got goin on
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    Re:PLANS FOR BUILDING A CUSTOM STEAM TABLE 2010/01/16 08:56:15 (permalink)
    Usually Sterno use is limited to indoor venues where propane tanks are prohibited. Compare costs versus 20 pound tank. Granted, on a home built cart using Sterno won't require plumbing for the gas lines. Most vendors on the forum that use propane get close to a week on one tank, at less than $20 a fill, thats pretty cheap heat and you can regulate the amount of heat. I'm building my own cart and will use propane. Its a must because I'm adding one of those mini on-demand water heaters and hope to include a grill or griddle.
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    lornaschinske
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    Re:PLANS FOR BUILDING A CUSTOM STEAM TABLE 2010/01/16 15:01:53 (permalink)
    A 12 pack of 6 hour sterno (chafing fuel) lasts a week, sometimes more, sometimes a little less.  We pay $12.76 in Corpus Christi. 20# LP tanks cost almost $20 to do a swap.  Not sure how much to refill as we have been running off our RV's tank and we filled up in NM back in Nov at $3 per gallon.  Like I said, It works for us.  We built our own cart and while we have the skills to run the LP and certainly have plenty of tanks laying around (I have gotten down to only 3 BBQ tanks... finally). LP prices vary widely.  We have paid as much as $20 to refill a tank (we did not refill in S GA at $25 for a 20# tank since we could swap out at Home Depot for under $16) and we have paid as low as $12 to refill. That's within the last 3 years.  Change states and the LP prices change too.  The last campground we were in showed fill rates of $15 for a 20# tank.  This was for the delivery service to refill at campsite.  Our next cart will have an LP tank to power the RV LP/AC water heater.  But we will still use the sterno cans to heat the tables and bun/pastry warmers. 

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