Barbeque Concession Trailers

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by thomasyoung, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Does anybody on this thread have Barbeque Concession Trailers? Need some answers to a few questions that I have and I would like to pick your minds. OK???
    Thanks,
    Thomas [​IMG]
     
  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I almost positive that there are a few folks here that own them... I cant figure out how to search the forum and find them.... Im sure some1 will be along shortly that can help...
     
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gettin ready ta build one, help ifin I can. What yall wanna know?
     
  4. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    I don't have one but have been researching them quite a bit lately.
     
  5. If you were following my build project on the Wood Smokers thread you know I had a problem with the builder who was building my smoker for me. He was going to put a 500 gallon tank with a 250 gallon stand up smoker with a chicken grill from Yoder’s Smoky Mountain Barbecue on a 16 foot trailer. Now I may be no expert at building smokers like he claimed to be but I know he was dead wrong. I uniformity paid him $2000.00 for work and materials. He still owes me material and money. I most likely will have to take this guy to small claims court.

    Now a good friend of mine told me since I was planning on putting on the tanks, chicken grill and a set of stainless steel sinks that I might as well enclose the whole trailer. He’s in the lawn cutting business and was telling me about this barbeque trailer that he watched this guy make. He said it would just what I wanted. He was right. It’s a great set up having the smoker on one half of the trailer and the other half as an air condition kitchen work area. Now this trailer had the smoker, which was a “Lang” on the back half with large screened in windows to let everybody smell the barbeque smoke. He had a side window in the kitchen work area for customers to buy what is cooking.

    I made up a drawing of a trailer that I found on the net and added the walls around the smoker part. In the drawing the smoker is on the trailer hitch side while at the back of the trailer is the kitchen with a rear and side window for customer exchange. Question number one: Which end would you put a 500 gallon and a 250 gallon tank with a chicken grill and 2 propane cookers for cooking Fish and Corn. Put the tanks on the back of the Trailer? Or front of Trailer hitch end?
    Question number two: should I start building one using a 24 food trailer? Or use a self enclosed trailer and put up a wall and door to separate the two ends, put in windows and screen area, put in my own sinks and electrical outlets??
    Here is the image of the Barbeque Smoker Trailer that I was thinking of building. Oh one last question. How do I make sure that driving around with this Barbeque Smoker Trailer won’t start becoming loose from driving on bad roads?

    Thanks,

    Thomas [​IMG]
     
  6. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's allota iron, ya ain't gonna wan't that nowhere near the front er the tongue weight is gonna be unreal. I'd get as much a that over the wheels as ya can.

    Now I'm gonna use about an 18' er so pull camper trailer, push the rear wall in bout 2' then add 2' ta the rear an enclose that area with a roof an screen like yall talkin bout, but, I ain't haulin huge smokers like you are gonna.

    I'd build a trailer with the tandem wheels ta the rear more, then yer kitchen in front of them smokers. The screened in area is a good idear cause onea these days there gonna require it.

    Find yerself a nice chunck a concrete an start layin this out with chalk, set up yer smokers an lay out what yer gonna need in the kitchen, sinks, fridge, storage, water tanks an waste tanks. Everythin ya figure on puttin in there. Then draw it up an run it past yer health inspector, easier ta do this stuff in chalk an on paper then when ya already built it.

    Hope that heps some.

    Also, that wood lap sidin is gonna be killer heavy, I'd think bout somethin elese or a real heavy duty trailer an a good truck ta pull it with.
     
  7. Maybe something more like this would be better?

    Thanks,
    Thomas
     
  8. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Check this out

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    NOTE: edit: Sorry, with the new SMFplatform, I can't see the original image or url link.  7/01/10
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    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  9. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    A 500 gallon tank is about 10' long so it will not fit across the trailer and thats gonna take up a lot of room. Then an upright and the grill and fryers are gonna add even more room. Theres no way that would all fit into that little area on the last pic you posted. If your going to use it commercially I would start with the county and state to see what they require for licensing. Then start drawing everything out on paper and where it would be placed and that will tell you how big the trailer will need to be. With that much weight your gonna need a heavy duty truck [​IMG]
     
  10. Nice setup you have there Deltadude. How long is the trailer and how big is the smoker? Did you do the work?

    Thanks,
    Thomas [​IMG]
     
  11. Jerry you are correct a 500 gal. tank is 10 feet long. My plans for using the 250 gal. tank as a stand up slow cooker for curing Hams, Sausage and fowl may change for a set up at home to use. The last photo of the trailer is only an example of how the trailer could be made. Using a trailer built like that rather then having one built with all of that wood siding. My purpose here on this thread is to get other people examples on their trailers and see that after they had them, what would they do differently if they had to do it all over again. You can draw it out on paper, and have it made. Getting their viewpoints like I said on what they would do differently is valuble to me before I even draw it up or make it.
    I'm also aware that I will need a big truck to pull it with too. Thats a Done Deal. I'm taking it now one day at a time to see what direction that I'm going with all of this. First viewpoints, then what I take from that and put it down on paper and getting the right trailer to go with that. As far as the county (same county as you) where I live in Florida goes, that too may change too. Who knows if I will live in Citrus County or move back to Wyoming. Heck you even told me once that you may move up to your camp in Northern FL.
    Like I said, I'm just trying to get other members viewpoints who have Barbeque Concession Trailers.

    Thanks,
    Thomas [​IMG]
     
  12. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hey Thomas, check out this link. I saw this rig and talked to the owner. Great guy and a nice rig..... it has some photos of the rig, inside and out.

    http://pmaconcessions.com/index.html
     
  13. Thanks Oneshot that was one sweet set up he has there. Next time you are around there ask him or even take some photos of the "rotating 12 shelves"! I like the looks of the Log Cabin theme to it. That’s why I was thinking of having one built with the wood siding. I even found one on the Net that looked just like an Old Western Storefront. I could take the look of the storefront and take what the Log Cabin has as a step up wooden porch/sidewalk. I really couldn't tell where the trailer hitch was as he has most of it concealed with the vinyl skirting. Perhaps the walk up step could be placed over the tongue and be set securely during events? I would think that the smokers would be towards the back of the trailer?



    Photo's below are only examples of what could be built, I would build it with the tanks in the back of the trailer and the storefront some how over the tongue. At this point, I'm just looing at examples of Concession Trailers.








    Thanks,
    Thomas
     
  14. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yo, that isn't my rig, you must not have clicked the link, its for sale on Craigslist.
     
  15. Funny the first time I put the cursor over the link my computer didn't go anywhere. So I thought it wasn't a link. Don't think I want to go all the way up to Northern California for it though. Not so sure I would pay that price either.
    Thanks,
    Thomas
     
  16. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  17. My Norton says I'm in the clear. Thanks for the heads up!
     
  18. Hello oneshot,
    I found something interesting. Its the source of where the Log Cabin Smokehouse got there trailer. They have different kinds there too. Southern Yankee Bar-B-Q . No so sure about having the tank by the front area and the tongue. Anybody uise those type of tanks?

    Thomas [​IMG]
     
  19. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    HI there Tom. I am working on a concession trailer now. I started with a 28 foot camper trailer that a fella was giving away. I stripped it down to the frame the supports on the outside measured 93 inches. I got 8- 11/2 inches square tubing to place the sub floor on I mounted the tubing with self tapping 2 1/2 inch bolts. Which I had to predrill. I have a bud who has a trucking company and scored some 1 inch plywood for the floor. I built the walls out of 2x4 and had some extra wood siding kicking around that I have installed. scored some screen with frame of my Dad and it is almost ready to start the inside. I am kicking myself now for not taking pics as I was building it (shame on me). I will take some pics tonight and post where i am at now.
     
  20. Looks like you are putting in a lot of hard work into it. What end to you plan on putting your smoker, back or tongue end? How much do you figure it will weight when you are done? Do you plan on having the tires and wheels coming outside of the frame? Keep sending more photo’s of your project. Good Luck to you too.

    Thomas [​IMG]

     

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