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Unread 06-27-2010, 11:02 AM   #16
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LOL Ford! Steph is my reason for starting to pare down what I take as well. I've been working on it for three years now and I'm still not there. In the summer, we take more stuff to keep cool and in the early spring and late fall, it's more stuff to stay warm. It never ends!
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Unread 06-27-2010, 11:39 AM   #17
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A 20x20 space is a small space. The smallest I've ever had was a 20x40. 40x40 is the most common around here. The diagram below is my set up no matter what the space size I have but would fit in the 20x20 spot you describe. It is based on two 10x10 Carvan canopys. I have one more chair, a zero gravity recliner that I sleep in, That is not in the diagram. That's it.

I do have storage on my pit that helps. I only have three storage bins tha are 14x14x18 that I use and a cook box on my work table. You really have to strip down you supplys. That fact is you really don't need that much stuff if your only there to compete.

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Take a step van and build a 15 ft. by 7 ft stainless steel kitchen in back of it and your worrys are over.
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Unread 06-27-2010, 11:56 AM   #19
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Take a step van and build a 15 ft. by 7 ft stainless steel kitchen in back of it and your worrys are over.
That's been a thought of mine as well. But I need a lift gate on the back. I'm just worried about another vehicle to keep running.
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Unread 06-27-2010, 12:23 PM   #20
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We have a 8x16 trailer & don't have that much chit! A blender & TV?
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Unread 06-27-2010, 12:37 PM   #21
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Greg - What the hell are we doing up at 4 am? I'm up because of a cranky 2 yr old. Guessing we have some overlap here in our posts. No way you read my and typed your reply in 3 minutes...if you did then kudos!

Just writing my reply gave me some ideas on how our team can organize further. I'm going back to bed!
I fell asleep on the couch and when I woke up I did a quick check on the forum...........it was just after 3 AM. I didn't see your post at the time.

I totally agree with you on the food safety strategy.


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hi smokesman, my timeline has it such, that when the finished meat is ready to get rested the other raw comp meat is coming out of the cooler so it is then washed and ready. as far as putting some MOINKballs and beers and water in the same cooler for personal consumption i don't see too much issue really, as long as you're careful with packaging. there is food-safe certification among my team and sanitation and cleanliness are top priorities. as they should be.
but, might be easier the way you do it.
We never put our drinks, etc. in any cooler that had raw meat. We just want to be extra careful.


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A very good friend told me "Ford - you have way to much stuff. SIMPLIFY!" Thanks Steph

And you sure don't need a TV. Go talk to your neighbors or just enjoy the night.
Not an option.............that was the BlackHawks in the finals! I believe that was game one. We have never taken a TV before.


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Us as well. I do have an enclosed trailer that helps, but the stuff that is there for emergencies or bad weather is packed into 1 container. It doesn't get moved and provides a seat in the trailer.
Packing the emergency stuff in one container and leaving it in the car is a good idea. There are some boxes that are fully unpacked when we set-up. Instead of leaving empty boxes to take up space I should just put them back in the car..........simple.............why didn't I think of that before!
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Unread 06-27-2010, 12:56 PM   #22
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A 20x20 space is a small space. The smallest I've ever had was a 20x40. 40x40 is the most common around here. The diagram below is my set up no matter what the space size I have but would fit in the 20x20 spot you describe. It is based on two 10x10 Carvan canopys. I have one more chair, a zero gravity recliner that I sleep in, That is not in the diagram. That's it.

I do have storage on my pit that helps. I only have three storage bins tha are 14x14x18 that I use and a cook box on my work table. You really have to strip down you supplys. That fact is you really don't need that much stuff if your only there to compete.

Thanks for the diagram........this keeps me thinking. I have the Gator Pit BMS, so I have some storage in the trailer. There's enough room to store boxes, etc. without getting them hot from the cooking chamber. I've been thinking of adding some removable sides to the trailer to give me some deeper storage.


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Take a step van and build a 15 ft. by 7 ft stainless steel kitchen in back of it and your worrys are over.
No room for that..........I got 2 young adults at home, each with their own vehicles. Good idea though!

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We have a 8x16 trailer & don't have that much chit! A blender & TV?
KISS my friend.
See my other comment above..........Blackhawks in the playoffs........an understandable situation. We will probably never need a TV again, at least not for a very long time.

I will make room for the blender!

I got a lot of good advice from all of you. Now I need to rethink my strategy and layout.

Thanks again for the great ideas,
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Unread 06-27-2010, 01:20 PM   #23
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Nice rig Roger! I'll have to get the tour in Kettering.
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BTW, you can use tubs that you unpack on site to be your wash bins.
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Dude, what you need is a 2nd TV: a big screen LCD. A 2nd blender designated for margaritas. And bring at least 2 more half gallons of liquer. Four should do it. I would love to see you pull up at a comp with all that chit.

Our team has a one-word motto: FOCUS.

Mainly what I see when I look at your setup is clutter and distractions.
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Dude, what you need is a 2nd TV: a big screen LCD. A 2nd blender designated for margaritas. And bring at least 2 more half gallons of liquer. Four should do it. I would love to see you pull up at a comp with all that chit.

Our team has a one-word motto: FOCUS.

Mainly what I see when I look at your setup is clutter and distractions.
Nah, I don't need all of that stuff, my neighbor team has all of that stuff! They had a 42" LCD for the Hawks game and a bar!

There is definetely clutter and that's why I started this thread..........to get ideas and to see what other teams are doing. And now I have some ideas to work on........thanks to everyone here.

Focus........we too are focused, but we also have fun. If I'm not having fun I ain't doing it. I have a very strict time line that we follow and I make sure everyone knows what their roles are. Prior to key times I get everything organized, dig through boxes, whatever it takes to be ready. Actually, it's not as bad as it sounds. I pretty much know where everything is at........it's just too much! I've learned to work through this, but I just want to make it better and easier. I re-evaluate after each comp to see what went right and what went wrong, so that I can improve for the next time..........a lessons learned review. I keep a spreadsheet to log the history. Sure, if I can reduce the clutter then it would be easier to focus.........and the more fun I will have.

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Just so you know what I bring please see attached competition checklist........there are 2 files (one in notepad and one in Excel). I didn't show food items, only equipment. Some of the items are only used when it's cold out.

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Super list Greg. Thanks
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Lots of redundant supplies in that list. Your bringing way to much stuff but you're the only one that can choose what to lose.
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Here's our set up...

2 pop up's...
1 prep table...
1 sauce table...
1 wash station...
2 coolers...
3 bullets...
1 cajun bandit...









We pull it in this...

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