Newbie warmer/crock pot question

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2010/11/09 14:03:47 (permalink)

Newbie warmer/crock pot question

First I'd like to say thanks for the TONS!!! of info on here Everything I learned I have learned on here. My wife is building (Or should I say me ) a concession trailer trying to go mostly propane as we are far from power being up here in Alaska. Still going to get a generator but I do not want to get a giant one. Our Griddle,Stove,fridge,water heater all propane trying to find some sort of food warmer/cooker to keep Chili/BBQ/Baked beans and so on warm to temp. Is there a propane on out there ? Or what exactly is the wife looking for ? Trying to get all the info before we send in our plan to the HD. She's going to do breakfast burritos,Hot dogs,burgers/BBQ we have a place with a ton of people that show up only in the winter and in the 10 years we have been here there is no place to get a quick hot meal in the winter
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    chefbuba
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/09 18:08:46 (permalink)
    Lots of choices out there.....Gas steam table
    Your biggest challange is going to be keeping everything from freezing. I'm in Washington, last winter weeks in the teens and colder at night. It was a challange to keep everything fluid.
    Make sure your holding tanks are well insulated and are equipped with tank heaters!
    post edited by chefbuba - 2010/11/09 18:13:15
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/10 14:28:29 (permalink)
    Thanks I looked and typed everything I could think of and never found that. Yep It gets -20 to -30 up here . We are only going to run on the weekends so I can keep heat running in the trailer when I plug it into the house and just drain tanks Sunday night
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 01:11:39 (permalink)
    I've never heard of  an LP crock pot but they do make LP steam /warming tables that you can put warming pans in.  Eagle Mfg makes them.  You can normally find them on Ebay or on their web site.  I bought a used one on Ebay for about $300 a while back.  Usually they are 2 or 3 bay tables and running on propane will help keep the trailer heated.  I've run a concession trailer for years but never been crazy enough to try it when it was -20 or -30n degrees.  Good luck, you're going to neeed it.
     
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 01:38:06 (permalink)
    konnie

    I've never heard of  an LP crock pot... 

    http://www.amazon.com/Col...e-Cooker/dp/B000BOJ6LY
    This thing will burn up a 1lb disposable LP tank in one use. There are a lot of RVers who boondock that use them. The only negative that I have heard is the LP usage. It seems a little high. They are fairly new so I don't know how well they hold up to heavy use.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 03:33:42 (permalink)
    There are several 12V crock pots marketed to the RV/Trucker crowd. Perhaps this might be an option.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 17:39:48 (permalink)
    I think this is what you are looking for. It is a LP gas food warmer, just add a spillage pan and your hotel pans.  http://www.bigjohngrills.com/CWS.html

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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 17:52:27 (permalink)
    Another option might be a small flat grill, 12" x 20" or a camper type 2 burner gas stove.  Set a steam table spillage pan on the flat top and then your hotel pans as required in the spillage pan.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 18:34:15 (permalink)
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    konnie

    I've never heard of  an LP crock pot... 

    http://www.amazon.com/Col...e-Cooker/dp/B000BOJ6LY
    This thing will burn up a 1lb disposable LP tank in one use. There are a lot of RVers who boondock that use them. The only negative that I have heard is the LP usage. It seems a little high. They are fairly new so I don't know how well they hold up to heavy use.

    After reading the comments in your reference above, the biggest complaint seemed to be that it was too hot, even on low, compared to a Crock PotTM  "A crock-pot dish that took 10hrs on low was done in 30min on low with this product." 
    edwmax's product would probably be more useful for you.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 20:16:54 (permalink)
    THIS IS CRAP, I own it and it takes FOREVER to get up to temp. STAY away from this.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/20 23:11:25 (permalink)
    Wild dog... WHICH is crap?
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/21 00:29:47 (permalink)
    LOL my bad, I thought I hit quoted.  The propane steamer by Big John Grills. I am about to remove it from my trailer and drop another stove in for more pans, so that I can do pork, meatballs, & cheese steaks. I'm not gonna put a vent system in there. I'm gonna invest that money into the step van vent system.
     
    That warmer cost me $300+ and I've used it once in 6 months,  just take 45-1hr to get to temps.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/21 07:12:54 (permalink)
    Wild Dog,   ... I got the link from your old post, but I do not remember you stating the unit didn't preform as it should.    Is the burner so small that it takes 1 hr just to heat 2 inches of water in the spillage pan to boiling?    If so I would be drilling out the orifice or change to a bigger burner.
     
    I found other units for sale at about $130 to $150.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2010/11/21 10:22:54 (permalink)
    I tried drilling extra holes and ended up screwing up the burner, had to purchase another one from them b/c no other ones fit properly for $40.  The unit is tall. The spillage pans set about 5 inches above the flame. Unless you have a very deep spillage pan, it's gonna take forever to get to temps. My spillage pans were 4" and drove me crazy trying to get up to temps. That & I didn't want to put out the money for for a single spillage pan that was 6" deep.  Plus it has a built in regulator on the knob and you have to get a no name hose kit to convert it to a hose hook up w/o a regulator. Had to pipe in a dedicated gas line just to run it.  Plus buy a special fitting to attach to the back of the knob to hook up the gas line.  It only accepts 1lb tanks.
     
    There is a section on the mobile build thread that documents my torment. LOL
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2014/06/05 23:45:03 (permalink)
    Regarding Big John Warmer
    Its appears from looking at the image on Big John's page that the gas line and regulator on this unit are the type you find on a cheap fold up camp stove. A little 1/4 line and the regulator controls are not very accurate (and I've had them leak when turned off).
    You might be able to replace the gas line and burner with larger btu units, but the box looks a little thin too. Overall not much of a deal at $300. If you have the parts to upgrade and find one used for $100 it might be decent deal.
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    Re:Newbie warmer/crock pot question 2014/06/05 23:51:06 (permalink)
    There are a lot of gas steam tables out there and several listed as propane steam tables in commercial products. They tend to be larger ( 2or more full size trays).  I haven't seen a table top unit, but if you watch the construction, several brands look like table top units with legs mounted underneath that could be removed. Watch out for units that use square legs that go all the way to the top inside the unit to build the frame. 
    The commercial 2 tray units are generally 7,000 btus an have a burner under each tray.
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