Recessed Top - Duke Manufacturing

Recessed Top

Recessed Top

The Recessed Top is an innovative and versatile product that offers the flexibility and versatility to serve from a dynamic stone insert, or a sheet pan straight from the kitchen. The optional stone insert of the Recessed Top offers an upscale presentation as well as the flexibility to meet the needs of all your hot/warm items.

The optional stone insert offers a sleek presentation as well as the flexibility to meet the needs of all your hot or cold items. In addition to the versatility enjoyed with our hot and cold only merchandisers, our switchable appliances give you even more flexibility between temperatures with the same ability to switch menu items, temperatures, and delivery mechanism between day parts.

Many of our customers love to use the frost function in the morning for fruit cups, yogurt, or pre-package parfaits for the breakfast crowd before switching to a pre-packaged burger, nachos, or sandwiches for lunch. In keeping with the concept of easy and efficient, these merchandisers are also designed around the most common sheet pan sizes for quick and easy restocking during the busy meal periods.


  • Top Mount with flush mount pans
  • Stainless Steel – formed, welded, and polished to
  • high finish
  • Sealing gasket
  • Drains at each well


  • Standard 12” x 20” steam table pans
  • 2-1/2”, 4” and 6” deep


  • Intuitive, easy to use touch screen control changes mode of operation
  • 3 wet heat, 3 dry heat, 3 refrigerated and 1 freeze mode.
  • 1 control per food well
  • Controls have a built-in Wifi modem and redundant
  • controls capabilities for future activation.
  • Six foot cord supplied between control and touchscreen
  • Complies with part 15 of the FCC rules


  • 5 Year compressor replacement
  • R448a Refrigerant
  • Compressor slides out 15.375” for easy service.


  • Unit can be serviced in counter, no need to remove.
  • Six foot Cord and plug supplied
  • Hot Only . Hot/Frost . Frost Only
  • Basic Mechanical Control
  • Stone Inserts (3 color options)
  • Drain Optional . Duplexed Evaporative System (for stacked overshelf and drop-in)

Frequently Asked Questions

Estimated Conversion Times (Minutes) Ambient to Hot Dry 10-15 Ambient to Hot Wet 45-60 Ambient to Cold 30-40 Ambient to Freeze 45-60 Hot to Cold 40-60 Hot to Freeze 60-80. NOTE: If water is in the unit, it should be drained prior to switching the set point. Pans should be removed to help decrease the length of time it takes for a well to reach the new set point.

Yes, the Duke HotColdFreeze™ provides versatility and flexibility for your operation by allowing you to operate any well in hot, cold, or freeze modes. Mix and match modes in any combination for ultimate menu flexibility. Example:

• Hot, Hot, Cold • Cold, Freeze, Hot • Hot, Cold, Cold • Hot,Cold, Freeze
• Freeze, Hot, Hot • All Hot • All Cold • All Freeze

The combinations are endless.

Always be sure to drain the water before switching a well containing water from one mode to another.

There is no transfer between the wells. Hot says hot, cold stays cold, frozen stays frozen.

Wet heat is notorious for many issues that arise with water in a well, such as rust, clogs in the drain line, and safety concerns for the operator. Dry heat keeps moist foods, moist and delicious without the use of water eliminating common issues and concerns with the use of water.

No, moist products hold just as well with our dry heat technology as they do with wet heat in our wells. Using dry heat eliminates the extra work and safety concerns associated with filling wells with water. Using water does not provide any advantage to the operator.

There is not an autofill option at this time. We will evaluate this as a future feature depending upon demand.

No, the Duke HCF does not have an autofill connection on its own. However, a fill faucet can be added to the counter next to one side of the unit.

Yes. A “no drain, dry heat only option” is available for all DukeHotColdFreeze models. The “no drain, dry heat only option” allows for the use of DukeHotColdFreeze Drop-Ins in water conservation municipalities, where no floor drains and water connections are available and as an option in mobile carts and counters. The no drain, dry heat only option lowers installation costs and simplifies service due to lack of drain manifolds and water connections. This option comes with a removeable non-stick liner.

Revit models available in KCL and AutoQuotes. 2D CAD drawings also being added.


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