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sdbbq1234
12-20-2012, 12:12 PM
Couple of questions:

I thought I read something about the Contests that there is no water provided.

Also could have sworn I read where electricity is not always provided either.

Am I getting old (too old maybe) and imagining things? :crazy:

We have never been to a Sam's event.

Thanks.

wallace

RangerJ
12-20-2012, 12:25 PM
Always had electricity. Water was usually from a spigot on the side of the host store.

SCSmoke
12-20-2012, 01:40 PM
What they are talking about is being able to hook up their trailers or rv's to a water source. Just bring some buckets and grab a shopping cart.

sdbbq1234
12-20-2012, 02:17 PM
What they are talking about is being able to hook up their trailers or rv's to a water source. Just bring some buckets and grab a shopping cart.

I like the shopping cart idea. But, it is always nice to have a hose on site; I am one messy cook!

Thanks.

wallace

Jaskew82
12-20-2012, 03:24 PM
Always had electricity. Water was usually from a spigot on the side of the host store.


The 2 events I did, this was the situation.

hogzgonewild
12-20-2012, 03:43 PM
Last year I borrowed 5 of the 5 Gallon Igloo drink coolers from my fathers work, and we used those. That way we could dispense it easily.

The bad part was we had to heat the water on a propane burner so we could have hot water for dish washing.

RangerJ
12-20-2012, 04:56 PM
What they are talking about is being able to hook up their trailers or rv's to a water source. Just bring some buckets and grab a shopping cart.

OR

whine about someone organizing an event that could potentially pay you money, who has the audacity to make you get your own water.

INmitch
12-20-2012, 09:14 PM
Last year I borrowed 5 of the 5 Gallon Igloo drink coolers from my fathers work, and we used those. That way we could dispense it easily.

The bad part was we had to heat the water on a propane burner so we could have hot water for dish washing.

You have other comps with hot water provided?

wmaes47
12-20-2012, 10:20 PM
Me thinks he broke his Coleman...

Slamdunkpro
12-20-2012, 10:39 PM
Couple of questions:

I thought I read something about the Contests that there is no water provided.

Also could have sworn I read where electricity is not always provided either.

Am I getting old (too old maybe) and imagining things? :crazy:

We have never been to a Sam's event.

Thanks.

wallace
The one at Laurel was a haul water event, but a shopping cart and a couple of buckets made that easy. We had generator power that was sufficient. You couldn't run an RV with it but it was good for lights and stuff. The biggest issue we had at the Laurel Sam's was they only had one grey water container and it was quite a distance from the team (and it was too small)

dmprantz
12-21-2012, 01:07 AM
The bad part was we had to heat the water on a propane burner so we could have hot water for dish washing.

Part of my initial competition setup was to boil 6 gallons of water. About five gallons of that went into the an orange water cooler, and the other gallon (ish) was used to wash the first load of dishes. The cooler kept it hot all day, and warm into the next. I even have a nice scar on my arm where I tried to rinse it off straight out of the cooler and scalded myself quite nicely. I've thought about buying an instant-hot a few times, but the expense just never seems justifiable with the setup that I have.

dmp

hogzgonewild
12-21-2012, 07:51 AM
You have other comps with hot water provided?

Nope, they provide a water connection to our trailer, where I have a 6 Gallon Hot water heater!

rolfejr
12-21-2012, 07:53 AM
Part of my initial competition setup was to boil 6 gallons of water. About five gallons of that went into the an orange water cooler, and the other gallon (ish) was used to wash the first load of dishes. The cooler kept it hot all day, and warm into the next. I even have a nice scar on my arm where I tried to rinse it off straight out of the cooler and scalded myself quite nicely. I've thought about buying an instant-hot a few times, but the expense just never seems justifiable with the setup that I have.

dmp

+1
Igloo 5 gallon contractors cooler, I actually fill it at home, from the hot water tank, before we leave for the comp and it stays hot (enough) for a day or so.
We then use an electric tea kettle to "bump" it as we use it.

timzcardz
12-21-2012, 09:12 AM
Last year I borrowed 5 of the 5 Gallon Igloo drink coolers from my fathers work, and we used those. That way we could dispense it easily.

The bad part was we had to heat the water on a propane burner so we could have hot water for dish washing.


I have a 10 gallon igloo drink cooler that I fill with hot water from my kitchen tap right before I leave home. Stays hot through the next afternoon.

DawgPhan
12-21-2012, 09:31 AM
Coolers...how do they keep hot stuff hot, and cold stuff cold?

sorta like magnets. how do they work?

dmprantz
12-21-2012, 03:19 PM
You really wanna get me talking about insulation and thermodynamics on another thread? Or E&M?

RangerJ
12-21-2012, 03:29 PM
Coolers...how do they keep hot stuff hot, and cold stuff cold?

sorta like magnets. how do they work?

Coolers I get, Magnets not so much.

I got a used Coleman Hot Water on-demand off of craigslist in 2009 when I first started competing. Perhaps the best investment of all the crap I carry around.

nukenight
12-21-2012, 10:26 PM
At the Sam's contests I've attended, they provided 20 A power and no water. It gets real old when its 90+ degrees to haul water, especially when you pay $250.

CivilWarBBQ
12-22-2012, 07:37 AM
Also be aware the power is short-lived. As I remember they didn't turn it on until Friday afternoon and cut it off shortly after awards.

The Sam's events are simply not about amenities. It's a money shoot-out in a parking lot, not camping at a festival.

KC_Bobby
12-22-2012, 11:32 AM
I don't understand the complaining, it's Sam's Club not Caesar's Palace.

Sure, it's nice when a comp has golf carts and volunteers to bring it to you, but I don't consider it the norm. With paved lots and shopping carts, getting water is easy.

I've cooked 4 Sam's comps and only encountered an elect issue once - that was because the team beside us kept running a microwave.

I for one, like that Sam's doesn't go the extra mile on amenities and keeps much of the budget in the prizes.

RangerJ
12-22-2012, 11:51 AM
I don't understand the complaining,

X2

I suspect even if they had water run to the sites, folks would cry about the asphalt, or the store closing at normal hours or the sun coming up on the Saturday of the competition.

I use 5 gallon Home Depot buckets to anchor my EZ up, I suspect at the SAM's events I have to refill them Saturday morning. So, I make one trip when I arrive and one trip Saturday morning. We are talking about pushing a shopping cart over asphalt a distance of ohh, 200 yards, max?

I've done 3, never had any power issues in Texas our Missouri.

CBQ
12-23-2012, 12:30 AM
All four Sam's events we did in the last 2 years had central water from a spigot, but 20 amps of power delivered to your site. We have buckets with us anyway, so not big deal to grab a shopping cart and fill 'em with water for dish washing. (No shopping carts at the finals, but nobody that made it to Bentonville was bitching about that. :becky:)

If you want water pressure in your trailer for an event with no hose feeds, consider using an RV water pump to feed water from buckets to your trailer. They will cycle on/off automatically. They run about 60 bucks:

Flojet 03526 144A Triplex Diaphragm 3526 Series Automatic Water System Pump : Amazon.com : Automotive


They make a garden hose adapter for it Flojet 20381-007 Quad Port Fitting : Amazon.com : Automotive and I would recommend using one of those wire inlet screens that fits in a garden hose on the intake side. Use a heavy duty hose so the pump vacuum doesn't collapse it.

If you need a 12v source: Amazon.com: Schumacher PC-6 120AC to 6A 12V DC Power Converter: Automotive


So for about 80 bucks, you can rig your trailer to run at contests that don't have running water. Sam's isn't the only one, we have 2 other events we normally go to that have the same kind of setup.

sdbbq1234
12-23-2012, 09:42 AM
Not complaining, just want to know what to expect.

Knowledge is King! Better to have me expectations set up front.

The Igloo cooler sounds like the best idea, just to be safe.

Also, now I know why I see so many of them at comps. I was kinda thinking they might have been filled with bourbon! :thumb:

wallace

sdbbq1234
01-09-2013, 08:02 PM
Found a good use for the shopping cart after hauling water back to the cook site:

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z295/wallace123456_crt/shoppingcartgrill.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z295/wallace123456_crt/shopping-cart-grill-600x450.jpg

wallace

BasicPatrick
01-10-2013, 12:10 AM
Aluminum foil, foil pans, huge ziplocks, re-used plastic bottles & jars. I only have to wash injection needles. Maybe a sauce pot but even that can be aluminum pans as well. I'm all done doing dishes at comps.

tnjimbob
01-10-2013, 07:36 AM
Aluminum foil, foil pans, huge ziplocks, re-used plastic bottles & jars. I only have to wash injection needles. Maybe a sauce pot but even that can be aluminum pans as well. I'm all done doing dishes at comps.

Don't forget disposable cutting boards. Handier than a pocket on a shirt. :biggrin1:

cpw
01-10-2013, 07:38 AM
Don't forget disposable cutting boards. Handier than a pocket on a shirt. :biggrin1:

Where's a good place to get disposable cutting boards?

tnjimbob
01-10-2013, 07:42 AM
Where's a good place to get disposable cutting boards?

Here:

https://www.bigpoppasmokers.com/store/bbq-accessories/smoky-mountain-single-use-disposable-cutting-boards

cpw
01-10-2013, 07:43 AM
Here:

https://www.bigpoppasmokers.com/store/bbq-accessories/smoky-mountain-single-use-disposable-cutting-boards


Awesome. Thanks!

Captain P.J.
01-10-2013, 08:54 AM
Here's where I got my disposable cutting boards...
http://www.smokymountainsmokers.com/store/category.php?id_category=9