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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31 16 9:41 am    Post subject: 'Metro' warming cabinets Reply with quote

anyone familiar with these units?
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/metro-c539-mds-u-c5-3-series-moisture-heated-holding-and-proofing-cabinet-solid-dutch-doors/461C539MDSU.html

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01 16 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had one, they seem to function the best as a proofing cabinet more so than hot-holding perishable meats and such.
The heat loss and subsequent recovery time from opening the doors was not doable when I tried one, my meats were not holding safe temperatures.

You would do much better with a CVAP or a Shaam for hot holding meats IMHO
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01 16 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats in part why I am looking at the dutch doors....The units I have now get opened hourly on average except maybe during lunch rush...Current units dont have steam and do just fine!
Found one new for $500 less than the one I used for link....Amps are a huge issue for me, cvaps draw a lot more than these from what I saw!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01 16 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Tony's BBQ wrote:
Thats in part why I am looking at the dutch doors....The units I have now get opened hourly on average except maybe during lunch rush...Current units dont have steam and do just fine!
Found one new for $500 less than the one I used for link....Amps are a huge issue for me, cvaps draw a lot more than these from what I saw!


My CVAP's are on a 20A 120VAC circuit shared by other equipment, I have not had any breakers pop from them.

I believe that metro draws 18 Amps .

Are you running a GenSet or inverter off deep-cycle batteries?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01 16 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am on a gen....12.5k generac [ total pc of crap from factory, no help via 'authorised repair shops' or generac direct....will NEVER recommend one to anyone ] that being said...I am pushing the limits of it with all the electric appliances I run Sad
They make these in a low usage model, 12 amps....Regular draws 16 IIRC
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03 16 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been using identical model in my food trailer for the past year and a half with no trouble. I keep it set on about 5.5 and unit holds between 145 and 150 degrees all day. The last butt of the day is just as juicy as the first.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04 16 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tmack83 wrote:
I have been using identical model in my food trailer for the past year and a half with no trouble. I keep it set on about 5.5 and unit holds between 145 and 150 degrees all day. The last butt of the day is just as juicy as the first.
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Thanks for the encouragement tmack!
I saw the similar unit under a different name at a Milwaukee supply house and liked what I saw [ no doubt the same Mfg'r, just not exact unit ], so I bought one - online cheaper!
2 week lead time, but exactly what [ I think ] I want!

This unit holds more than my current 3 small units...For BIG gig's I feel confident the heat from the screaming hot meats will more than suffice for the opening/closing of doors....Time will tell!

Nice part was, I called in the order after finding online....The site had a 'make an offer' button, so I said to the lady ' how low will you go??' and she knocked off ANOTHER $200.00!!!

Should be here before my first big gig of the season!!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23 16 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got an email last week that unit had been back ordered, scheduled to be build end of month....THAT didnt go over well with me, so a well worded 'emotional' email later, it shipped Wed. and I picked it up from shipping Co. this morning!!
Somehow, I mis-measured my space available in front of smoker to wall...Unit is EXACTLY as wide as I have space for!! It is actually touching the round of my smoker and wall!! No issues of possibly falling to say the least Confused Hoping the composite and insulation can handle the heat of the smoker.... Will help keep cabinet warm Shocked
I absolutely love the capacity of this thing to say the least!
Dedicated an outlet to her and fired her up after half an hour wrastling her into rig! Less than an hour later she was at 175°...Let her run for an hour and a half to burn off that factory fresh smell, loaded her with almost every pan I own, ready to give her a run on Monday!! She wont see much rest until October!!
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