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JD McGee
01-06-2010, 11:58 AM
Swamprb and I are talking about reducing the amount of crap we bring to comps. One of the items we will be re-organizing is our comp box. Since teaming up last summer we have been bringing his stuff and my stuff to each comp which is WAY too much stuff...(George Carlin Mod...:twisted:).

We have a pretty good idea of what our essentials are (knives, rubs, pans, probes, timers, MSG...:eek:...etc...and now we're looking for box ideas. Anyone out there have a good source, design, or idea for a decent comp box...???

PatioDaddio
01-06-2010, 12:02 PM
JD - I'm also looking at new storage and transport options and I was thinking that maybe one of these (http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?CATEGORY=ZAG+ROLLING+WORK&TYPE=PRODUCT&PARTNUMBER=020800R&SDesc=FatMax%26%23174%3B+4-in-1+Mobile+Work+Station) would work well. They are like $80 at Home Depot.

http://www.stanleytools.com/catalog_images/mid_res/020800R_mid_res.jpg

John

Bbq Bubba
01-06-2010, 12:15 PM
Heres mine...

chromesporty
01-06-2010, 12:23 PM
Here's one I built...

dmprantz
01-06-2010, 12:31 PM
I would say a chuck box is the way to go. Here are some links ranging from building your own, to buying some. Looks like Cabelas has something similar too.

http://www.troop168.net/forms/patrolboxa.htm

http://www.blueskykitchen.com/products.html

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=camping+chuck+box

dmp

Divemaster
01-06-2010, 12:45 PM
Last year I put two kitchen cabinets together along with a 4' counter top on wheels... It gives us 5 drawers and a cabinet to store most of our smaller stuff and is just the right size to hold our 3 wash bins on top....

Sorry no pics so I guess it didn't happen...

JD McGee
01-06-2010, 12:49 PM
Heres mine...

Nice one Bubba...which one is it...the black tackle box? :twisted:

TN_BBQ
01-06-2010, 01:01 PM
Big tackle boxes seem to be quite popular.

I've also seen several folks use those plastic "dorm room" shelving/drawer boxes (the white ones with clear slide-out drawers that you see at WallyWorld)

I don't like those big plastic trunk types (about the size of a large ice chest) because all your important stuff inevitibly finds it's way to the bottom.

dmprantz
01-06-2010, 01:02 PM
Last year I put two kitchen cabinets together along with a 4' counter top on wheels...

That, sir, is a great idea!

Get a cabinet for $125 http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=47091-16315-B36OALP
Laminate Counter Top for $30 http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=151970-1110-47241110
Four Locking Casters for $20 http://www.harborfreight.com

and you are set!

Upgrade to Corian to waterproof it!

dmp

Ford
01-06-2010, 01:13 PM
Heres mine...
A little small isn't it? And what's that funny thing just back of the door? :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

On a serious note, I am going to need to build a rolling box and I really like the idea of the wood box with drop down front to provide a small working surface. I could put the whole thing on legs and wheels so it would go into the smoker section of the trailer and I'd only need it when I do comps. And it wouldn't be too big as I'd only use it for stuff that is pure comp equipment. Rubs, etc would be part of vending so always there but secret competition ingredients would be in the Box.

TN_BBQ
01-06-2010, 01:35 PM
Four Locking Casters for $20 http://www.harborfreight.com



dmp

$80 for wheels?????

Two words..... hand truck :-D

Then (in the words of Alton Brown) you won't have spent $80 on a uni-tasker (referring to the casters).

KC_Bobby
01-06-2010, 01:56 PM
Don and I also have Department of Redundancy Department issues

Wal-Mart - $29 (Don, this is the one I was mentioning)
http://www.stanleytools.com/catalog_images/mid_res/018800R_mid_res.jpg

dmprantz
01-06-2010, 03:03 PM
$80 for wheels?????

That was $20 total. There are severai wheel with break options from Harbor Freight, ranging from about $3 per wheel to $5 or maybe even $6 per wheel. You'd have to go through the size, material, and mounting type to find the right ones. I put $20 as an approximate. For less than $20 you can have a kitchen like environment that doubles as a transportation medium. I think it's kinda cool.

dmp

ZILLA
01-06-2010, 04:25 PM
If you mean a "cook box" only then I use the regular Stanley Fat Max tool box from HD. It fit's a Ton-O-Stuff and it's water proof. I've been using it for three years now with no complaints, I love it! $35.00

http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/7467/fatmax.jpg (http://img705.imageshack.us/i/fatmax.jpg/)

Smokin Mike
01-06-2010, 07:29 PM
Moo Cow has a really awesome comp box, I hope Shane chimes in soon.

JD McGee
01-06-2010, 07:49 PM
Here's a few ideas I've come up with so far...

http://a1672.g.akamai.net/7/1672/116/20100101/www.ritzcamera.com/graphics/products/e-89/large/EP73462089_bg.jpg

http://static.www.odcdn.com/pictures/us/od/sk/lg/550984_sk_lg.jpg

http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/66/3/AAAAAuVZxM0AAAAAAGY85w.jpg?v=1187585047000

Bbq Bubba
01-06-2010, 07:58 PM
A little small isn't it? And what's that funny thing just back of the door? :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

On a serious note, I am going to need to build a rolling box and I really like the idea of the wood box with drop down front to provide a small working surface. I could put the whole thing on legs and wheels so it would go into the smoker section of the trailer and I'd only need it when I do comps. And it wouldn't be too big as I'd only use it for stuff that is pure comp equipment. Rubs, etc would be part of vending so always there but secret competition ingredients would be in the Box.

You actually store your Parkay in a box? :cool:

Coz
01-06-2010, 08:45 PM
You actually store your Parkay in a box? :cool:
Better be a big box

eagle697
01-06-2010, 08:46 PM
Here's one I built...

I like the design. I am about to build one myself and i had never thought about some of that. Especially like the spot on the bottom for cookie sheets/cutting boards. What are the overall dimensions? Any other pics/plans for it?

swamprb
01-07-2010, 01:18 AM
I like this

http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/for/1533312551.html

BBQ_Mayor
01-07-2010, 07:58 AM
Don't you have a "Q"chen to keep everything?



Don and I also have Department of Redundancy Department issues

Wal-Mart - $29 (Don, this is the one I was mentioning)
http://www.stanleytools.com/catalog_images/mid_res/018800R_mid_res.jpg

ique
01-07-2010, 08:01 AM
Here ya go:

http://www.modulinecabinets.com/photos/photo165.jpg

G$
01-07-2010, 08:26 AM
Here's a few ideas I've come up with so far...




I'd be a little worried about the durability of those JD, at least the way we handle stuff.

Our comp box(es) need to be big enough to hold the bus tubs (along with the other stuff), so the small drawer things aren't what I am looking for. Great thread though, I am thinking the right idea for me will spring forth.

big brother smoke
01-07-2010, 08:31 AM
Here ya go:

http://www.modulinecabinets.com/photos/photo165.jpg

Now your talking! I wonder how much?

Alexa RnQ
01-07-2010, 09:31 AM
Our comp box(es) need to be big enough to hold the bus tubs (along with the other stuff)
You know, we STILL have bus tubs and a couple of other odd things rattling around in the pack by themselves. :lol:

I think our problem is that we want to cook like we have an RV, without the storage solutions that come with it!

Divemaster
01-07-2010, 09:32 AM
That, sir, is a great idea!

Get a cabinet for $125 http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=47091-16315-B36OALP
Laminate Counter Top for $30 http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=151970-1110-47241110
Four Locking Casters for $20 http://www.harborfreight.com

and you are set!

Upgrade to Corian to waterproof it!

dmp
I think it came to about $175 with the outdoor paint. If I can dig my way to the garage tonight, I'll try to take some pictures.

We did come across a couple of problems early on.

The first of which is that the bottom of the cabinets are not as deep as you would want so it was a bit unstable until we built some 'feet' that extened the bottom to a depth of almost 2 1/2 feet.

The second item was that we had selected casters that are a little to small and because of that we do have to do a little bit of lifting to get it in and out of the trailer. I do have a couple of ideas to correct this issue come spring.

One of the possitives is that once on the trailer, we can fit both of our Cambro 400's on top and strap them down. It keeps them from getting to beat up on the trips both from and to the comps.

We are also adding a shelf to the side to hold our new on-demand hot water heater just to keep it off the ground and the area clear.

TOPS BBQ
01-07-2010, 09:48 AM
Here's a few ideas I've come up with so far...

http://a1672.g.akamai.net/7/1672/116/20100101/www.ritzcamera.com/graphics/products/e-89/large/EP73462089_bg.jpg

http://static.www.odcdn.com/pictures/us/od/sk/lg/550984_sk_lg.jpg


http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/66/3/AAAAAuVZxM0AAAAAAGY85w.jpg?v=1187585047000


I have a similar one to what is pictured in the middle, except it has four small shelves on top and three large ones on the bottom. They carry a lot of the items I need and everyone knows exactly where to go for certain items. I have had this for about three years.

The durability in question are in the wheels. Only recently did one of the wheels decide to come loose. But duct tape to the rescue and I no longer have that problem.:biggrin:

WARNING! If this item is going to be thrown into the back of your pick-up, make sure the drawers are secured, because they will catch wind and fly out. Don't ask how I know this.:roll: One bunge cord can be used to secure the drawers properly.:wink:

Ford
01-07-2010, 09:54 AM
You actually store your Parkay in a box? :cool:
I did say comp only supplies. Parkay is always in the fridge.
Better be a big box
20+ cu feet. Can hold 400 lbs of meat with space leftover. Plus I'm buying a new merchandiser for the beverages and pickles, etc.

TOPS BBQ
01-07-2010, 09:56 AM
As much as I HATE WallyMart, they are offering the best price for the drawer I mentioned. Although this one is white, it's still a good deal. My wife paid about $75 for my black one at a craft store.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10401064

JD McGee
01-07-2010, 12:18 PM
I like this

http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/for/1533312551.html

DUDE! I am diggin' this a LOT! :cool:

http://images.craigslist.org/3mf3oe3l05O75S75Rda11078f15cff2671699.jpg

chromesporty
01-07-2010, 01:01 PM
I like the design. I am about to build one myself and i had never thought about some of that. Especially like the spot on the bottom for cookie sheets/cutting boards. What are the overall dimensions? Any other pics/plans for it?

Chris - The only dimension I can remember is that the box is 4 feet long. I'll get measurements tonite and post them. The next box I build will be exactly like this one, except I will notch the vertical plywood to fit the shelves. They have a tendency to want to come apart bouncing down the hiway on the trailer.

Divemaster
01-07-2010, 01:10 PM
Chris - The only dimension I can remember is that the box is 4 feet long. I'll get measurements tonite and post them. The next box I build will be exactly like this one, except I will notch the vertical plywood to fit the shelves. They have a tendency to want to come apart bouncing down the hiway on the trailer.
We used to build those when I was a scoutmaster and called them partol boxes... The only thing I remember is that they can get REAL heavy.... lol

chromesporty
01-07-2010, 01:23 PM
We used to build those when I was a scoutmaster and called them partol boxes... The only thing I remember is that they can get REAL heavy.... lol

Jeff,

REAL heavy is right. It is definitly a 2 man job to lift this monster. Fully loaded I would guess it at about 150 to 175 lbs.

Divemaster
01-07-2010, 02:09 PM
We used to build those when I was a scoutmaster and called them patrol boxes... The only thing I remember is that they can get REAL heavy.... lol

Jeff,

REAL heavy is right. It is definitely a 2 man job to lift this monster. Fully loaded I would guess it at about 150 to 175 lbs.
To be honest, I have one in the garage that I had built for myself years ago for 'Car Camping'... It was the weight issue that made me go with the cabinets on casters. That and the fact that we have 5 drawers to keep every thing organized...

dmprantz
01-07-2010, 02:15 PM
It was the weight issue that made me go with the cabinets on casters.

I was thinking that there may be a place for both approaches. Use the caster cabinet for the heavier things and the work space, then use "something else" on stilts to represent overhead cabinets. Might be useful....

dmp

Divemaster
01-07-2010, 02:41 PM
I was thinking that there may be a place for both approaches. Use the caster cabinet for the heavier things and the work space, then use "something else" on stilts to represent overhead cabinets. Might be useful....

dmp
I could see building some thing like that for our spices... Sure would make it easier to find than in a box.

smoke showin'
01-08-2010, 02:24 PM
hey chrome can you post a picture that shows the lables better

smoke showin'
01-08-2010, 02:25 PM
labels

chromesporty
01-11-2010, 12:53 PM
Chris-sorry for taking so long with the measurements. Inside dimensions are 18x18x47 1/2.

Smoke showin, what labels ya wanna know about? The only 2 packaged seasonings in the box are Harley's Seasonings. Good stuff. The rest is seasonall, lemon pepper and various spices.

smoke showin'
01-11-2010, 02:21 PM
no john henry's

Is It Ready Yet?
01-11-2010, 03:49 PM
JD - I'm also looking at new storage and transport options and I was thinking that maybe one of these (http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?CATEGORY=ZAG+ROLLING+WORK&TYPE=PRODUCT&PARTNUMBER=020800R&SDesc=FatMax%26%23174%3B+4-in-1+Mobile+Work+Station) would work well. They are like $80 at Home Depot.

http://www.stanleytools.com/catalog_images/mid_res/020800R_mid_res.jpg

John
I went and looked at this yesterday. It seemed to be durable enough for competition duty. I am looking to scale down how many rubber totes I bring and this may work out. Thanks for the post!