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I am buying a pan to increase capacity in my small chocolate set-up. Most suppiers stress that they have heating on their pans but I fail to see why. It has the effect that a pan drawing 1.5Kw needs a further 4Kw for the heater and as I am already having to consider installing a three phase power converter too it ups my price significantly.

On my current small pan (15kg) I have no heating although I do sometimes cheat and smooth out the choclate covered coffee beans with careful application of heat from a blower. But I consider that a "cheat" - not a requirement.

I saw on another post here that a member assumed that he'she would need heating - so I hesitate as I don't consider myself an expert in this area.  But as I say, I just don't see the point!

Is it that other forms of confectionery (ie, not chocolate) need added heat and that is why it's supplied? Or am I missing something that might become glaringly obvious when I get to the much larger volumes (70Kg load) that the new system will hopefully deliver? I really acn't easily afford to do this wrong.   Thanks!

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The Germans and the Swiss love thier "Gebrannte Mandeln", or sugar coated/carmelized whole almonds.  Some of these panning machines can be very elaborate and expensive affairs

Thanks Edward. I wondered if something like that may be the answer. I DO find it helpful to be able to add a dab of heat from time to time but don't think this is industry practise.

Anyway, I have ordered my pan and now await for it to arrive!

Heat into the pan, in addition to the cheat, allows you to use the same, non-ribed, pan for polishing without the use of a commercial glaze.

brian

That's pretty interesting Brian. Thanks for that. So I assume that all of the chocolate coating the pan interior melts off and adheres to the product? Don't you get "dents" in the product where it comes in contact with the hard stainless steel pan without the cushioning effect of the chocolate lining? I assume that you still need to seal with shellac? If so, wouldn't the product lack "grip" without the chocolate lining or ribs? Or is that in another pan?

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