There are lots of hot dog vendor accessories that can make your work easier and simplify your workflow. Every day, I get asked where to buy this, or where's the best place to buy that, so I wanted to create a page with links and listing to all of those resources for hot dog vendors.
Hot Dog Vendor Accessories
If you find a better price on any of these food stand accessories, or want to share a great resource for hot dog vendors, please let me know and I'll get it added. We could always use a great deal or two.
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Trailer lights, tools and more
I absolutely love Harbor Freight Tools. They have trailer parts, tools, inexpensive solar chargers, LED lighting, some kick butt add-ons and weekly specials.
Portable Refrigerators 12v and other compact appliances
I love my 43 qt. freezer/fridge. It features a FAST FREEZE button and it runs off my 12v battery or I can plug it into standard AC power. They have smaller and larger ones, but this one is perfect for me. You can add a rack on your cart tongue or off the back to hold it or simply toss it into the back of your car or truck. Runs off AC or DC power and has a built-in inverter.
Hot Dog Cart Insurance $299 a Year!
The most important thing to do before you sling that first hot dog is to make sure your new business is insured. This protects you from liability in the event you are sued. For over 4 years I have paid $650 a year for $1 million in coverage. You can contact FLIP insurance and save huge. Only $299 a year. [TIP: Cheaper thru VendorsUnited.com]
Pans, Lids and all things Steam Table
I have several places here for you and you are going to want to spend a little time comparing prices as these change frequently.
- www.Katom.com Fast shipping, friendly customer service and great prices
- www.webstaurant.com Often one of the lowest priced sellers of restaurant equipment (WARNING SEE BELOW)
- MANY VENDORS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT WEBSTAURANT, BUT www.primasupply.com WILL MATCH ANY PRICE AND GIVE FREE SHIPPING. SO FIND IT ON WEBSTAURANT
- www.store.benscarts.com Steam Pans, hinged pans with lids and much more! ABSOLUTELY THE LOWEST PRICES!
- www.atlantafixture.com Restaurant equipment, not the lowest prices but great service and fast shipping
- www.therdstore.com This is a division of Restaurant Depot (thanks to Daniel Z.)
- False Bottoms: goo.gl/c3C6jE
- Steam Table Adapter Bars: Amazon
Never Clean Another Pan – Pan Liners For Vendors – PanSaver®
Ice & Gel Packs
Ice packs help keep things cold in a cooler if you don't have a refrigerator, or during transportation.
Printing: Banners, Flags, Cards, Shirts and More
Currently VistaPrint would be my choice.
Condiment Dispensers From Heinz
This jam packed video series will show you how to build a hot dog cart with normal tools. Not just a hot dog cart either, it's based of of a loaded Cash Cow cart and is designed to last for decades. Learn More Here
Bulk Foods and Supplies
- SamsClub www.samsclub.com
- Restaurant Depot www.restaurantdepot.com
- BJ's Wholesale
Hot Dog Cart and Food Vendor Classifieds – Click Here > Hot Dog Carts For Sale
- Used Hot Dog Carts
- Concession equipment
- Ice Cream Carts
- Mobile grills
- Food Trucks
- Concession Trailers
- much more
- List yours FREE!
The lowest priced insurance I've found nationwide has been FLIP. You can get a $1,000,000 liability policy and $10,000 additional coverage rider for only $299 annually. www.fliprogram.com
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From Sales Logs, Business Plan Reviews to Catering Contracts and Property Owner Consents – It's all here. More to come! If you have a suggestion for the list, please let me know.
Propane Y Connector
Hook the black end to your tank. Run one line to your grill and the other to your cart burners. Link: https://www.amazon.com/Propane-Y-Splitter-1-Male-2-Female-appliances/dp/B01HFRIKT8
ADD A GRILL
You can add a grill pretty dang easy. Grill link: https://amzn.to/2oJsKmS I have some step by step instructions for you here… https://learnhotdogs.com/add-a-grill-to-your-hot-dog-cart/
GO WITH PORTABLE POWER
Ben's done several articles on outfitting your cart with lighting. You can find the most popular one here: How to light your food cart . Use the search box on this page to find more.
GENERATORS FOR HOT DOG VENDORS
We all love Honda – and I've got one. But my favorite is the WEN. It's rated only one decibel louder than a Honda and is about 1/2 the cost. See on Amazon. You'll find many of these new portable generators to be much less expensive and you can link 2 or more together for even more power.
STREET FOOD PRO TEAM – VENDORS UNITED
The world's largest resource for street food vendors. Free courses and forms along with tons of tips and tricks. Give it a spin – use this link to try it all out for free. GET FULL ACCESS FOR 5 DAYS