Anyway, I’ve suggested a few different options, including building one. I have zero welding skills / equipment / space but the guy I spoke with figured he’d be able to source volunteers and retired welders if I could come up with the ideas/plans. So, I’ve been brainstorming and keep going back and forth on what would make the most sense so I can give these guys a better idea of what they’re getting into. Budget is likely $3-4k but that's a guess on my part.
Here are a few questions/considerations:
- I’d want something that is big enough to cook for the odd large’ish groups(say up to 100 people, not anything wild) but small enough that a member could store it indoors during the winter (I live in Canada).
- If the plan is to rent it out to others, I think it would make sense to have a multi-functional trailer – smoker on one side, firebox and warming cabinet one the back, ‘propane stuff’ on the other side (griddle / fryer / grill), etc.
- I assume I want a fixed trailer unit (as opposed to something that could roll on and off a trailer), but am open to other ideas if they made sense.
- Sourcing smoking wood locally where I am might be a challenge. I haven’t had to worry about this yet (I don’t have my own stick burner) and there may be options but I’ve heard from others in my area that it’s a challenge. Would primarily running a charcoal basket make sense for a stick burner, or should I be looking at something else (like a gravity feed, for example)?
- There’s a local builder but they wouldn’t be able to meet our budget. There are some builders in the States who I think could meet the needs/budget, though it’d require a road trip (and customs hassles maybe??)
- The Mack has been my starting point (we’d then be adding the extras grills/griddles, etc and putting it on a trailer). I’m thinking the Mack because it comes with cut files and everything. Since I’m not able to do the actual work, I want to keep it as straight forward as possible for whoever is building it.
- I’ve thought about trying to find an old tank locally and making plans around that but, again, given my lack of welding knowledge and the fact that I wouldn’t be doing the actual building, it feels like that has the potential to go off the rails.
- Some sort of Frankenstein trailer that just consists of various cookers (a gravity feed, a grill, a propane griddle, etc) bolted/welded onto a trailer