The Warnings Associated with Food Warmer Gel Fuel

The Warnings Associated with Food Warmer Gel Fuel

Caterers have used food warmer gel fuel for decades, and many of them have had few issues. However, it is possible to burn yourself using them or knock over the canisters of fuel, which can lead to a fire. If you’re worried about traditional gel fuels, you may wonder if there is another alternative.

The good news is that there are alternatives that offer cleaner burning fuel. The fuel itself goes into an appropriate burner, and it is lit like any other fuel (with a match or long-handled lighter). However, the burner doesn’t produce a flame, which means the heat emanates from inside the burner. The beauty of this invention is that you don’t risk burning yourself by reaching over a hot flame. The guests are also safer because they can reach into the dish to get the food without fear.

Why Gels Aren’t Suitable

Gel fuel has been the norm for many decades, so it makes sense that caterers and other food-service professionals be wary about new options on the market. Gels are dangerous; the gel liquefies while it heats to ensure even heating. However, that liquid fuel can get knocked over and can spread fuel and fire throughout the event quickly.

More modern burners are designed with an auto-shut-off feature. If the can of fuel is knocked over, the burner immediately shuts off. Because the fuel is poured directly into the burner and not a separate can, everything is contained, and the fuel cannot leak out onto the table. Therefore, you reduce the risk of fire and also reduce the risk of food contamination because the fuel cannot inadvertently get into the food you are serving.

Along with such, gels usually have toxins in them, which helps the fuel to burn quickly and evenly. These toxins can be released into the air and can smell noxious whereas new systems don’t emit toxic fumes.