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Driver Tip: Opening Sternos

Setting up a full catering spread can seem like a daunting task, especially for newer drivers. The sight of sternos and chafing dishes may evoke feelings of uncertainty and apprehension. But fear not! Mastering the art of catering setup is easier than you think. 

In this blog, we'll break down the process and share some insider tips to help you tackle sterno like a pro.


First things first: opening those sterno lids. It's a common challenge, but one that can be easily overcome with a few simple tricks. Many drivers swear by using their car keys for leverage. Just a gentle nudge with the edge of your keys, and the lid pops right off. 

But, coming from years of experience, the best way to open a sterno is with another sterno! Simply use it to pry the lid open, and you're ready to roll.





Once you've conquered the lids, it's time to tackle the setup. Adding water to the bottom pan is key for a safe and effective burn. Just remember to fill it about an inch high before lighting anything. With the water in place, go ahead and ignite the sterno—whether it's gel or a wick. And when it's time to call it a day, just cover the sterno with its lid to extinguish the flame.


With these simple tips, you'll be well on your way to mastering sterno setup like a seasoned pro. So the next time you're faced with a full catering spread, remember: it's not as difficult as it seems. Armed with a little knowledge and confidence, you'll be delivering flawless setups in no time. Happy catering!


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