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Steamtable Pan Capacity

Common Restaurant Hotel Pan and Steamtable Pan Yields & Capacities

Common stainless steel steamtable pan capacities are listed below.  Full Topped-off values are for pans full to the top.  85% capacities are meant to represent typical fill levels and are 85% of the topped-off values.  Plastic pans do not correlate the same as stainless steel and typically have a minimum of 5% less volume.

 Steamtable Pan Sizes & Capacities



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CHEFLAURIEG [] [ Oct 28 ]

Thank you so much! This is so handy and concise!

TAX & CO [] [ Apr 14 ]

i am feeding 130 for a wedding. How many hotel pans of Mac n cheese do need. 


Sheryl - I'll need more info.

  • What kind of group/event is it?
  • Are they a captive audience (will they all be there for the entire 5 hours...or will people come and go?)
  • What is your portion size (hors d'oeuvres are typically I - 2 bites each)
  • Will there be any other food there?
SHERYL [] [ Mar 26 ]

Would you have the amounts of hors d'oeuvre items to serve per person? I am looking at serving 300 guests with 10 different appetizers. The event will last 5 hours. Any help that you can provide me will be greatly appreciated. I find your website very useful and thank you for putting it together.

CHEF KEVIN [] [ Jan 15 ]

Shotgun pan!! You see them used a lot for meatloaf...

YAWPPY [] [ Dec 28, 2014 ]

torpedo pan... hmmm... always called em bullets...just an interesting fyi comment!

PROFESSOR DIABOLICUS [] [ Feb 11, 2014 ]

I can write from experience that stainless pans can vary in weight significantly.  Even the same size and brand stainless pans can vary by as much as an ounce.

DAVID BUCHANAN [] [ Sep 26, 2013 ]

A torpedo pan is long like a hotel pan, but only half as wide. They are long and narrow.

P.SANDERS [] [ Sep 25, 2013 ]

What is a torpedo pan?

RUSS ORFORD [ Feb 10, 2013 ]

Hi It would also be a good idea to have TARE weights   for steel and also plastic cambros