Every now and then a customer comes along that takes one of BensCarts and modifies it in a grand way! Steve wrote me with the changes he made to a Big Dog Cart and I must admit, I'm jealous. It is soooooo sexy!
I finally was able to get back to work on the cart I got from you and finish my modifications. It's a very nice cart to begin with but there were a few specific things I needed for my particular use. One is I have a mile and a half of gravel before I get to pavement so I enclosed the underside. I added more bun storage, a flip up shelf and a couple grills that swing in for transport. I'm sending some pics but haven't used it yet.
Also, if you go to it's www.mpja.com you can order a 12v cooling unit like those found in 12v coolers, without the guages and things like that, for around $35. I cut a hole in the top portion of the side of the onboard cooler and from prior experience, it helps the freezepaks last much longer. Thanks again.
Additional Info: There are 2 sizes and I use the larger one. Stock # 15513-PM . To make it more efficient you can add a muffin fan like 18222-FM that's about $4 or a smaller one that takes fewer amps. I don't turn in on until about half-way through the day as the paks haven't thawed out yet and to conserve battery life. It seems to work well for me. The carts going to work great for the catering I do too.
Grills: The grills came from Sam's Club and I have a sizzler griddle from there too that fits perfect on one of the grills.
Did you see the soap dispenser on the side and the side shelf? I love it. Great job, Steve. We wish you much success in your endeavors. Thank you again for sharing. The cooler for the cooler is brilliant as well.
Have a modification on a BensCarts cart or any other cart that you would like to share with us? We'd love to see it.
UPDATE: Steve wrote in the comments below: Hey…Thought I would post how I will actually use this thing. I’ve been using an 8 burner grill with a separate 2 burner alongside my trailer for doing burgers, dogs and philly’s. I put pans on one side of it and use the 2 burner for a flat griddle for the philly’s, onions and peppers. I use cloud brand frozen burgers from US Foods or FSA, fry them and put them in a pan with enough water, worchestershire and johnny’s concentrated aus jus to cover. They keep really well and it adds a good flavor. People really like them. For the philly’s I use a 4oz fall apart on the griddle with a garlic/herb blend and pepper then put them in a pan with just a little water and the spices, just have to mix it now and then…One of the grills on the cart will be for the burgers, the other will be for a griddle. The 2 direct heat steam pans will work great for the simmering sauces, the 2 smaller pans for the onions and peppers and the perforated one for buns. This way I can have burgers and philly’s already made to serve while more are cooking. The dogs are grilled too. It does speed things up but I still have to stay on top of it. I wanted the space behind the steam table open for the diffent cheeses I use. It worked so well for me the last few years I thought this setup would fit right in and work especially well for 1 dayers. Love the input and am always looking for suggestions. Thanks