Drop-in warmers are similar to buffet warmers in that they can both warm your pre-cooked food, and/or finish cooking your food (depending, of course, on their temperature range). The difference is that these steamtables are meant to be installed inside of your countertop.
Currently, all of our steam tables have thermostatic controls. With thermostatic control, the dials are similar to any manually controlled well or convection oven. However, since these wells are thermostatic, you just set the temperature to your desired setting and the heating unit will self-regulate, making sure to keep your desired temperature within a few degrees. This is key with heated inserts, as you wouldn't want your food to overcook.
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