Mobile Smoker Q-veiw

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by spec, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    I decided I want to go mobile with my smoker and kitchen, So I could do some catering and cookoffs

    I thought you guys might find the build interesting

    I'll be moving all of my production equipment in to it and building a screened in trailer for the smokers, and a semi heated sitting area

    for kicking back while smoking up goody's

    I'm thinking the truck will have, a small sleeping area closed off from the kitchen and a bathroom for the long pickling sessions

    I'll be starting off with an older class A RV  and a larger popup trailer (Tandem axle unit) for the smokers Utilizing the roof and lift system for a roof over the smokers, And perhaps the water system for a handwash sink etc...

    I'd like to hear any ideas or suggestions
  2. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     This sound amazing i will keep my eye open for this one .
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    You idea sounds good and there are some folks here that have builded their dream smokers to. You should look in the build section and maybe you can hook up with someone whos has built something similar. Now I do know that there are alot of folks that have done catering like myself and others that have done some fairs or large group like Joel (solaryellow) does big events.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like it should be a very interesting build to follow.
  5. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys,

    I was going to use a cab over rv, I decided to go with a class A

    A short list of whats going in it on top of the 3 bowl sinks,hand wash sink, and the SST counters etc.

    Truck: 2 burner,stockpot range,dehydrator,,slicer, Lem grinder and  mixer, Wet Vac packager, Bread maker,Microwave and a small covection oven, 2 chest freezers and 2 upright fridges, or 1 upright fridge and a sanwich prep table

    I'll be installing a 38 - 40" access door to get the stuff into the truck

    The trailer will be gettig 2 micro control smokers, so I can do 2 kinds of Smoking at once.. An outdoor type sst sink and counter ( plumbed with hot and cold water),I have the 110 volt on bemand heaterr 4 wood racks for the 4 types of wood I use and a proofing table, I think that about covers it

    Please chime in if I forgot anything
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The only thing that stands out is maybe some Cambro Boxes for holding warm food 

    This will be fun to watch. 
  7. bigcase

    bigcase Smoke Blower

    Sounds great, cant wait to see your build.

  8. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    Good point Scarbelly

    I forgot to mention....

    That I'm trying to decide if I want to use steam tables or crock pots/roasters

    I learned at my bar/grill crockpots don't hold some foods well but work better than steam tables for other foods Plus are less expensive to start with, and beleive it or not a couple of roaster or crock pots are more energy efficiant tha a large steamer with multiple pots And electrical usage may well come into the equasion when the dehydrator, freezeers,fridges, and ac are running at the same time

    I won't be employing a deep fryer, so I can leave off the $7000 vent & mushroom system, Altho I am thinking about a halon system or some extra fire extinguishers on the trailer and in the truck
  9. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    Good news[​IMG]

    While I was typing up my last post

    I got accepted into the  program to help with the funding for this project,

    Now I have to set up a website, and shoot a video so backers can get to know me and this project better

    Anybody here proficient at web design want to barter for some jerky or pickles or sauces OR some of my homegrown spices to help me set up a site for this?[​IMG]

    I don't have a clue where to start, I have the joomla books but I'm just not a computer person...I can a colleg level...But all I read in the damn books is kjfcjhhrlfhfblah blah blahhhhhhdvjekifnd ...Blah ...blah...blah I must be retarded
  10. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Your bandwidth provider may have some easy website set up tools.  Nowdays the small web design programs are great if all you need is a presence.  You will need the assistance of a web designer when you move into online marketing.  Why not give the free stuff a try.   I would think someone interested in investing in your BBQ business is more interested in seeing your ideas then your web design skills.

    Good Luck,  wish I had some extra cash floating around.
  11. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Another idea is to look around the kickstart site and see if someone is trying to set up a web design business.  That is a great opportunity for trade, they will be able to show off your site plus they'll score some neat stuff from you.
  12. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    Thanks alblancher that's a good idea
  13. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    I have it narrowed down to 2 RV's Pretty sure it will be be this one, and the stack of electricals,Dehydrator nuke, and small convection...[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  14. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    I found a local foody to trade goodies for a website...I used this as bait [​IMG]


    [​IMG]     Pepper sauce peppers
  15. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My fiance is a web site designer and does some pretty awesome work.

    I could prolly convince her to help ya out if ya lost the "r" word..

    Nice to see ya around again...Been a while.

    Last I remember you was moving from Neb to minn.

  16. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    Thanks Craig,

    Nice to be back...Went from Minn to sek back to Mn... Was an adventure to say the least

    Right now my cooking stuff is strewn across 2 states Hoping to get started soon I'm naked without my stuff...

    At least I finalized some sauces and perfected some of my rubs...Kansas was good for growing peppers...nearly a bumper crop...50 some cases ready ...well almost aged enough to be sauced

  17. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just some food for thought when putting your systems together. A lot of festivals and events will not allow you to run a generator so you will need to also get a LARGE inverter which means lots of batteries to run them.

    If you can find appliances that run on LP like motorhome fridges do, that may save you some real headaches. The fridge in my coach is a double door double freezer and holds a lot of food.  You could get a second one and would have all the storage you could ever need.  If you look around. you can find coaches that were wrecked and pick up these pretty cheap. The same for cooking surfaces and devices. If you stay with LP you are going to save a lot of headaches. The older coaches had some pretty good cooktops or if you can get one from a used restaurant supply that will save you energy too. 

    My biggest piece of advice is - spend the $$ to seal the roof really good. Coaches are notorious for leaking and leaks cause breakdowns in equipment.

    I have had a coach for over 30 years so if you have any questions send me a PM

    Good luck with the new venture - sounds exciting 
  18. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    My primary choice was just sealed, interior was not the best kept up...But has a gennie, set up for LP

    Something that is holding this project up is the lack of snow...and it comes with a big payment too[​IMG]




  19. spec

    spec Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the advice Scarbelly...I'll do some more research...I never thought about not being able to run the gennie...Cuz it is LP, and quiet

    Oh... the woods pic is gathering smoker wood...I keep it in these boxes till ready to use in the smokers, I can stack them and when ready park next to the smoker
  20. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow that will be a great build i cont Wait .

    Merry Christmas

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