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As a chef or restaurant owner, you may sometimes find yourself needing extra cooking space to boil another pot or keep a saucepan warm during the busiest times of the day. One of these units could be the answer. They give you an extra burner or two - up to eight, actually - to complement your range and provide extra capacity when you need it. Choosing the right one comes down to selecting a fuel source, construction material, and BTU rating. More ▾
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Star Manufacturing 502FF Hotplate - 2-Burners, Drip Pan, Solid French Style Top, Infinite Control
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Nemco 6310-1 Hot Plate w/ Single Burner & 6-Position Temp Control, 5.5x12x13.5-in, 120V
$185.61
Star Manufacturing 602HF 12-in Hotplate w/ 2-Burners, Aluminized Steel Body, NG
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Nemco 6310-3-240 Hot Plate w/ 2-Veritcal Burners & 6-Postion Temp Control 5.13x12.13x25.5-in 240V
$321.06
Waring WDB600 Heavy Duty Commercial Double Burner w/ Cast Iron Plates & Adjustable Thermostats
$129.00
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Waring WEB300 Single Commercial Burner w/ Heavy Duty Cast Iron Plate & Adjustable Thermostat
$99.00
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Black Diamond BDCTH-24 4-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 100,000 BTU, Stainless, NG
  • Black Diamond BDCTH-24 4-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 100,000 BTU, S...
  • SKU: 693-BDCTH24
  • Black Diamonds 4 burner heavy duty gas countertop hotplates is constructed of stainless steel front and sides that are fully welded and able to stand the toughest of kitchen environments. Each burner puts out 25,000 BTU/hour with two cast iron burners for every 12ö grate width. Units come standard with 4-5ö adjustable legs, separate gas valves for each burner with standing pilot lights and a Žö rear NPT gas inlet. Set up for use with Natural Gas (NG). 1 year warranty on parts and labor. ETL Listed and ETL Sanitation.
$545.06
Black Diamond BDCTH-36 6-Burner Countertop Hotplate - Heavy Duty, 150,000 BTU,Stainless, NG
  • Black Diamond BDCTH-36 6-Burner Countertop Hotplate - Heavy Duty, 150...
  • SKU: 693-BDCTH36
  • Black Diamonds 6 burner heavy duty gas countertop hotplates is constructed of stainless steel front and sides that are fully welded and able to stand the toughest of kitchen environments. Each burner puts out 25,000 BTU/hour with two cast iron burners for every 12ö grate width. Units come standard with 4-5ö adjustable legs, separate gas valves for each burner with standing pilot lights and a Žö rear NPT gas inlet. Set up for use with Natural Gas (NG). 1 year warranty on parts and labor. ETL Listed and ETL Sanitation.
$724.72
Nemco 6310-2 Hot Plate w/ 2-Horizontal Burners & 6-Postion Temp Control, 5.13x24.13-in, 120V
$299.97
APW Wyott GHP-4I 4-Burner Hot Plate - Manual Controls, Stainless, NG
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APW Wyott GHP-2I 2-Burner Hot Plate - Manual Controls, Stainless, NG
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Black Diamond BDCTH-36 LP 6-Burner Countertop Hotplate - Heavy Duty, 150,000 BTU, Stainless, LP
  • Black Diamond BDCTH-36 LP 6-Burner Countertop Hotplate - Heavy Duty, 1...
  • SKU: 693-BDCTH36LP
  • Black Diamonds 6 burner heavy duty gas countertop hotplates is constructed of stainless steel front and sides that are fully welded and able to stand the toughest of kitchen environments. Each burner puts out 25,000 BTU/hour with two cast iron burners for every 12ö grate width. Units come standard with 4-5ö adjustable legs, separate gas valves for each burner with standing pilot lights and a Žö rear NPT gas inlet. Set up for use with Liquid Propane (LPG). 1 year warranty on parts and labor. ETL Listed and ETL Sanitation.
$724.72
Vollrath 40736 2-Burner Countertop Hot Plate - LP Conversion Kit, Stainless 52,000 BTU NG
  • Vollrath 40736 2-Burner Countertop Hot Plate - LP Conversion Kit, Stai...
  • SKU: 175-40736
  • Hot Plate, counter top, natural gas, 12" x 27" x 10", (2) burners (front & back), cast iron grates, manual controls, stainless steel drip pan, stainless & aluminized steel construction, includes kit with regulator for field conversion to propane, 3/4" NPT gas inlet, 52,000 BTU, NSF, model# HPA1002
$429.11
Black Diamond BDCTH-12 2-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 50,000 BTU, Stainless, NG
  • Black Diamond BDCTH-12 2-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 50,000 BTU, St...
  • SKU: 693-BDCTH12
  • Black Diamonds 2 burner heavy duty gas countertop hotplates is constructed of stainless steel front and sides that are fully welded and able to stand the toughest of kitchen environments. Each burner puts out 25,000 BTU/hour with two cast iron burners for every 12ö grate width. Units come standard with 4-5ö adjustable legs, separate gas valves for each burner with standing pilot lights and a Žö rear NPT gas inlet. Set up for use with Natural Gas (NG). 1 year warranty on parts and labor. ETL Listed and ETL Sanitation.
$378.51
Black Diamond BDCTH-12 LP 2-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 50,000 BTU, Stainless, LP
  • Black Diamond BDCTH-12 LP 2-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 50,000 BTU...
  • SKU: 693-BDCTH12LP
  • Black Diamonds 2 burner heavy duty gas countertop hotplates is constructed of stainless steel front and sides that are fully welded and able to stand the toughest of kitchen environments. Each burner puts out 25,000 BTU/hour with two cast iron burners for every 12ö grate width. Units come standard with 4-5ö adjustable legs, separate gas valves for each burner with standing pilot lights and a Žö rear NPT gas inlet. Set up for use with Liquid Propane (LPG). 1 year warranty on parts and labor. ETL Listed and ETL Sanitation.
$378.51
Black Diamond BDCTH-24 LP 4-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 100,000 BTU, Stainless, LP
  • Black Diamond BDCTH-24 LP 4-Burner Hot Plate - Heavy Duty, 100,000 BTU...
  • SKU: 693-BDCTH24LP
  • Black Diamonds 4 burner heavy duty gas countertop hotplates is constructed of stainless steel front and sides that are fully welded and able to stand the toughest of kitchen environments. Each burner puts out 25,000 BTU/hour with two cast iron burners for every 12ö grate width. Units come standard with 4-5ö adjustable legs, separate gas valves for each burner with standing pilot lights and a Žö rear NPT gas inlet. Set up for use with Liquid Propane (LPG). 1 year warranty on parts and labor. ETL Listed and ETL Sanitation.
$545.06
Vollrath 40739 2-Burner Countertop Hot Plate - Stainless 240v
  • Vollrath 40739 2-Burner Countertop Hot Plate - Stainless 240v
  • SKU: 175-40739
  • Hot Plate, stainless steel construction, electric counter top unit, (2) 9" solid plate burners (front-back), rear safety skirt, ships installed with cord & plug, 240v, 4000W, 16.6 amps, NEMA 6-30P, 27-3/8"L x 15"W x 11-9/16"H, NSF, model# STA8002
$459.28
Garland GTOG36-6 NG 36 in Countertop Hotplate, 6 Open Burners, Manual Control, NG
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Star Manufacturing 604HF 24
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Star Manufacturing 606HF-SU 36
  • Star Manufacturing 606HF-SU 36" Hotplate - 6-Burners, Manual Controls, NG
  • SKU: 062-606HFSU
  • Star-Max Step-Up Hotplate, countertop, NG gas, 36" wide, (6) 25,000 BTU burners, manual controls, heavy duty cast iron grates, stainless steel front with black trim, aluminized steel body, heavy duty knobs, 4" adjustable legs, 150,000 BTU. Shipped with field conversion kit for LP.
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Garland GTOG24-4 NG 24-in Hotplate w/ 4-Burners & Manual Controls, NG
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Star Manufacturing 606HF 36
  • Star Manufacturing 606HF 36" Hotplate - 6-Burners, Manual Controls, NG
  • SKU: 062-606HF
  • Star-Max Hotplate, countertop, NG gas, 36" wide, (6) 25,000 BTU burners, manual controls, heavy duty cast iron grates, stainless steel front with black trim, aluminized steel body, heavy duty knobs, 4" adjustable legs, 150,000 BTU. Shipped with field conversion kit for LP.
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Star Manufacturing 804HA 24
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Star Manufacturing 604HF-SU 24-in Step Up Hotplate w/ 4-Burners & Manual Controls, NG
  • Star Manufacturing 604HF-SU 24-in Step Up Hotplate w/ 4-Burners & Manu...
  • SKU: 062-604HFSU
  • Star-Max Step-Up Hotplate, countertop, NG gas, 24" wide, (4) 25,000 BTU burners, manual controls, heavy duty cast iron grates, stainless steel front with black trim, aluminized steel body, heavy duty knobs, 4" adjustable legs, 100,000 BTU. Shipped with field conversion kit for LP.
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Star Manufacturing 602HF-SU 12
  • Star Manufacturing 602HF-SU 12" Step Up Hotplate - 2-Burners, Manual C...
  • SKU: 062-602HFSU
  • Star-Max Step-Up Hotplate, countertop, NG gas, 12" wide, (2) 25,000 BTU burners, manual controls, heavy duty cast iron grates, stainless steel front with black trim, aluminized steel body, heavy duty knobs, 4" adjustable legs, 50,000 BTU. Shipped with field conversion kit for LP.
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Wells HC-125 Hot Plate w/ 9-in Glass Ceramic Element & 1-in Legs, 208/240/1 V
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Wells HC-100 Hotplate w/ 1-Burner Glass Ceramic Surface & 1-in Legs, 120 V
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Grindmaster - Cecilware EL24SH 2081 Hotplate w/ 2-Cast Iron Burners & Manual Control, 208/1 V
$478.00
Star Manufacturing 602HWF 24
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American Range ARHP12-1 LP 12-in Counter Hotplate w/ 1-Burner, Manual, 32000-BTU, LP
$386.65
Cadco DKRS2 Counter Buffet Range w/ Double Burner, Infinite Controls, 120 V
$177.00
Cadco CDR-2TFB Counter Hot Plate w/ Double Cast Iron, Burner, 8-in Tubular Element
$150.00
Cadco CDR-1T Counter Hot Plate w/ Double Burner, Infinite Controls
$135.00
Cadco KRS2 Buffet Range, Counter Unit, Single Burner, S/S Housing
$126.00
Cadco CSR-3T Hot Plate w/ Single Burner & Infinite Controls, 1500W
$111.00
Royal Range RRB-30OB4 LP 54-in Broiler & Hotplate w/ 30-in Radiant Char Broiler & 4-Open Burner, LP
$2,712.50
Royal Range RRB-30OB4 NG 54-in Broiler & Hotplate w/ 30-in Radiant Char Broiler & 4-Open Burner, NG
$2,712.50
American Range ARHP60-10 LP 60-in Counter Hotplate w/ 10-Burners, Manual, 320000-BTU, LP
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American Range ARHP60-10 NG 60-in Counter Hotplate w/ 10-Burners, Manual, 320000-BTU, NG
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Royal Range RRB-30OB2 LP 42-in Broiler & Hotplate w/ 30-in Radiant Char Broiler & 2-Open Burner, LP
$2,390.00
Royal Range RRB-30OB2 NG 42-in Broiler & Hotplate w/ 30-in Radiant Char Broiler & 2-Open Burner, NG
$2,390.00
Vulcan-Hart VHP848U LP 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 4-Open Burner, 4-Step-Up Burner, LP
  • Vulcan-Hart VHP848U LP 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 4-Open Burner, 4-Ste...
  • SKU: 207-VHP848ULP
  • Achiever Hotplate, gas, 48" W, 240,000 BTU, (4) 30,000 BTU open burner and (4) 30,000 BTU step-up burner (27,500 BTU for LP) open burners, with lift-off burner heads, protected standing pilots, cast iron top grates, manual gas valve controls, stainless steel front, sides & backsplash, aluminized pull out crumb tray, 4" adjustable legs, CSA, NSF, LP
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Vulcan-Hart VHP848U NG 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 4-Open Burner, 4-Step-Up Burner, NG
  • Vulcan-Hart VHP848U NG 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 4-Open Burner, 4-Ste...
  • SKU: 207-VHP848UNG
  • Achiever Hotplate, gas, 48"W, 240,000 BTU total, (4) 30,000 BTU open burners and (4) 30,000 BTU step-up burners, with lift-off burner heads and standing pilots, cast iron top grates, manual gas valve controls, stainless steel front, sides & backsplash, aluminized pull out crumb tray, 4" adjustable legs, CSA, NSF, NG
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Vulcan-Hart VHP848 LP 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 8-Open Burner, Lift-Off Burner Head, LP
  • Vulcan-Hart VHP848 LP 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 8-Open Burner, Lift-O...
  • SKU: 207-VHP848LP
  • Achiever Hotplate, gas, 48" W, 240,000 BTU, (8) 30,000 BTU (27,500 BTU for LP) open burners, with lift-off burner heads, protected standing pilots, cast iron top grates, manual gas valve controls, stainless steel front, sides & backsplash, aluminized pull out crumb tray, 4" adjustable legs, CSA, NSF, LP
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Vulcan-Hart VHP848 NG 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 8-Open Burner, Lift-Off Burner Head, NG
  • Vulcan-Hart VHP848 NG 48-in Achiever Hotplate w/ 8-Open Burner, Lift-O...
  • SKU: 207-VHP848NG
  • Achiever Hotplate, gas, 48"W, 240,000 BTU total , (8) 30,000 BTU open burners, with lift-off burner heads and standing pilots, cast iron grates, manual gas valve controls, stainless steel front, sides & backsplash, aluminized pull out crumb tray, 4" adjustable legs, CSA, NSF, NG
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Royal Range RRB-24OB4 LP 48-in Broiler & Hotplate w/ 24-in Radiant Char Broiler & 4-Open Burner, LP
$2,270.00
Royal Range RRB-24OB4 NG 48-in Broiler & Hotplate w/ 24-in Radiant Char Broiler & 4-Open Burner, NG
$2,270.00
Garland GTOG48-8 LP 48 in Countertop Hotplate, 8 Open Burners, Manual Control, LP
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The smallest of these have one burner and are usually electric. Single burner units can be a great choice for smaller kitchens where an extra burner is needed to keep a pot warm or to sauté an extra filet or two during the dinner rush. They’re also useful in buffet lines to keep soup, gravy, or even fondue warm for customers. If you need more capacity, two-, four-, six-, and eight-burner configurations are available. These are mainstays in kitchens that prepare a good portion of their menu on the stovetop.

Choosing a Heat Source

Both gas and electric models are available. Gas is more affordable than electricity in some parts of the country, so operation can be cheaper. Chefs are usually more familiar with gas cooking, so there will be no confusion switching among equipment. Gas is also more powerful and heats quickly, so it’s ideal for busy kitchens that will use it often or will heat very large quantities at once.

The main advantage of an electric commercial hot plate is mobility. One can be unplugged and relocated or stored away much more easily than gas equipment, which requires its own gas line and careful installation. If you’re purchasing one for occasional use, an electric unit is a practical choice. In addition, electricity tends to produce less ambient heat, so it can keep your kitchen cooler than gas models. Electricity is also the way to go when gas is not available or is more expensive.

Two Types of Electric Burner Options

Coil Burners

Coil burners, also known as spiral elements, use a heating element like those found on many residential ranges. These are the least expensive of the electric types, but they’re also the least durable and can be difficult to keep clean. Food can stick to the intricate coil surface and fall into the well beneath the element. Consider a coil burner if you plan on using it occasionally and for lighter applications like warming smaller saucepans.

Solid Plate Burners

Solid burners are a more rugged alternative to the electric coil burner. Sometimes called “French style”, the surfaces of these are completely flat or with raised circles. These are easier to clean than a coil burner because they’re sealed from spills and leaks, and can be wiped down with a wet cloth. The surfaces on these are made with cast iron or glass-ceramic. Cast iron offers great heat retention, meaning that once it’s preheated, it will stay closer to the desired temperatures as you add cold cookware to it. It’s also very rugged, meaning it should stand up for years, even in kitchens where the burner is used often.

Glass-ceramic is smooth and easy to clean, though spills can become burnt to the cooking area and take some scrubbing. These units also heat up quickly, but these tend to be the most expensive type of equipment in this category.

Gas Burner Options

The cooking grates on these will either be stainless steel or cast iron. Stainless steel tends to be somewhat lighter and easier to clean. Cast iron grates are a little more rugged, but they have a rougher surface, so cleaning them is a little bit more difficult. The main advantage is that cast iron retains heat very well, so they’ll stay hotter when you add cool pots. These can be useful if you need to heat a lot of different pots in a short amount of time.

Cast iron grates require a few extra maintenance steps to keep them strong. Be sure to clean them regularly and dry them thoroughly after you do so. This will prevent rust from forming. It’s also a good idea to rub them with a coat of oil after you clean them to further protect them from corrosion. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for guidance on cleaning.

Heat Output

BTU stands for British thermal unit, and is a common way to measure the heat output of a gas-burning appliance. KaTom has these with outputs from 17,000 to 33,000 BTUs per burner. A gas range in a commercial setting tends to have between 30,000 and 35,000 BTUs per burner. So, if you’re looking to do the same on your equipment that you do with a regular range - bringing food to a full boil or sauteing, for example – then get a burner with BTUs at least 30,000. If all you need to do is keep a pot warm, then a lower-power option will be a good choice.