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daddywoofdawg
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13 11 1:02 am    Post subject: Build or buy Reply with quote

I'm planning to get a grill to cook chicken and finish ribs on for vending events.My question is would it be cheaper and last longer to have a simple wood/charcoal grill of about 2-3'x5' or buy one for about $6-700.00?and how thick of metal would I need to keep it from warping?I'll have to have it pro welded I'll probally cut and fab the parts and then have it welded.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13 11 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DWD, how about a Santa Maria style? Build it to your specs.
One like GoldenBoy's build.
http://thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43251
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13 11 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Need to think of portability for vending. Maybe something where the sides fold down to lay flat for storage and such or breaks down in easy to assemble pieces. .
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13 11 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I DON'T like gas, but- if it is for finishing smoked food why not consider a gasser? Cheaper to fabricate, lighter constuction...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13 11 6:28 am    Post subject: Re: Build or buy Reply with quote

daddywoofdawg wrote:
I'm planning to get a grill to cook chicken and finish ribs on for vending events.My question is would it be cheaper and last longer to have a simple wood/charcoal grill of about 2-3'x5' or buy one for about $6-700.00?and how thick of metal would I need to keep it from warping?I'll have to have it pro welded I'll probally cut and fab the parts and then have it welded.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13 11 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14 11 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14 11 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought...............then built for my smaller mobile trailer.

For charcoal something along the lines of what Crown Verity or Holstein offer works really well:

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/crown-verity-bm-60-72-mobile-outdoor-charbroiler-charcoal-grill/255BM60.html

For catering/vending I prefer a gasser.

Simple to use, heat right now, no adding charcoal throughout the day- works for me.

I'd also re-think your grate size unless you plan on working the grill with two people or running back and forth from one side to the other.

Reaching over a flaming 3' deep grate is not my idea of how to spend the day. IMHO it's just not practical to go much beyond 17"- 20".

That being said, the gassers I bought from HD held up about 3 years, then fell apart.

Don't know what your needs are, but the commercial variety runs big $$$$$.

My big rig gasser has three separate cast iron H style burners and is 18"x60".

My small one that I just built out of a stainless drum is fine for it's size.

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=45514&highlight=gas+grill

An alternate would be to buy a couple of Weber's and load them into your trailer.

Good luck with it.........................
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14 11 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBQMAN made me think of something else. How about these?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OQMNNC/ref=oss_product
http://www.amazon.com/Blackstone-36-Inch-Grill-Compatible-Griddle/dp/B001RE5JZE/ref=pd_sim_sg_2

I don't have the grill yet, but I love the griddle.
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