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thetazzbot
04-13-2011, 12:02 AM
I am a pretty disorganized person, and I have found that when prepping, I have to scramble to gather my ingredients, tools, etc. So I came up with this as a potential solution. I may outgrow it and have to get something bigger, but this is a start:

http://www.webpit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5614650773_74b8ab43bd_m.jpg

http://www.webpit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5614650567_d60b002456_m.jpg

You can see in the second pic that it has the large jars of spice bought from Costco. I may swap those out for the smaller ones you can see in the right corner so I can get more in the box. The top tray has my thermometers, lighters, knifes, etc.

bigjonsBBQ
04-13-2011, 12:30 AM
Like the box, great idea! I have to think of doing something like that for comps. I usually pre mix all my rubs, so I have all the 1Lb size bottles ready to go for comps, and some side catering jobs for friends and family. Hoping to get the word out more on my Que this year though.

Ground Pounder
04-13-2011, 01:03 AM
I pretty much did the same thing - started saving old McCormick spice jars and doing my blends the day before, then I load them into an old Plano tackle box to keep them with me by the grill or smoker.

For finishing sauces, I do the same with those cheapo-squirty bottles, and a six-pack holder.

Dr_KY
04-13-2011, 05:12 AM
Looks good.

Consider using Zoploc bags all labeled up rather then the bulky original bottles for rubs and seasonings. This will allow you more room for say a bag of gloves,extra lighter,additional thermometers,meat probe, extra towel,and even a small first aid kit.


~We have about six of these boxes in total 4 large and 2 small but are looking to get more. The small boxes are excellent for aprons, flashlights lights,first aid kits,lighters, thermos and all those other little things you will need but often forget or get buried under bulk items.

~There is another box dedicated to only holding the legal stuff like insurance, log books, FSA certification, hand sanitizer, soap, towels etc and things NEVER get moved from it. She's even closed with a zip tie and checked before every event.

Larger boxes are used for trays, pans and everything else.

Hope this helps,
Doc

*The first photo was take as origination is under way. This box wont hold food items*

smokeyw
04-13-2011, 05:15 AM
I have been using a similar box for years. However, mine has only tools in it, no rubs or sauces. I carry a second box for my ingredients such as seasonings and sauces.

Dr_KY
04-13-2011, 06:09 AM
This is the tool box with extension cords, lights, bungee cords, rope and other assorted things that may be needed over a weekend. The boxes wil be labeled so things are easier to get to. There is also a printed list of items that should be in each so restocking is easier.

We love these because they are strong and stack easily, the clear boxes are great but don't last as long for me plus I prefer not having a separate lid.

Dr_KY
04-13-2011, 06:26 AM
Did a quick US eBay search..

10 Stackable tote bins storage containers crates boxes

10 Stackable Tote Bins Storage Container Crates Boxes | eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/10-Stackable-Tote-Bins-Storage-Container-Crates-Boxes-/390303393636?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5adfe52764)

Phubar
04-13-2011, 07:21 AM
Pretty handy indeed.:thumb:


http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h342/Phubar2/Art/IMG_3872.jpg

Dr_KY
04-13-2011, 07:28 AM
Phu I'm cracking myself up reading the cardboard box under your kit. You can't imagine what I have come up with adding and subtracting a few letters. lol

back on topic..
I have a metal box from B&Q that I keep like hand luggage that's similar but more square.

Smokey Al Gold
04-13-2011, 09:47 AM
Dang now I have to make me a bbq toolbox now

thetazzbot
04-13-2011, 10:29 AM
Pretty handy indeed.:thumb:


http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h342/Phubar2/Art/IMG_3872.jpg


ah man now i need a sticker!

Drew
04-13-2011, 11:22 AM
A great idea, all of my Q related equipment is scattered across the house, just the thing to get everything organised.
:thumb: :thumb:

Dr_KY
04-13-2011, 08:15 PM
Anymore boxes out there? :)

smokaholic
04-13-2011, 10:06 PM
I dont have a picture but I use the sterilite drawers that are on wheels. Pretty much water proof and its like drawers in your kitchen. I do like the tool boxes though.

http://www.sterilite.com/SelectProduct.html?id=409&ProductCategory=187&section=1

thillin
04-13-2011, 10:31 PM
I dont have a picture but I use the sterilite drawers that are on wheels. Pretty much water proof and its like drawers in your kitchen. I do like the tool boxes though.

http://www.sterilite.com/SelectProduct.html?id=409&ProductCategory=187&section=1

That's what I have in my trailer.:thumb: I'd add a toolbox if i could get a clear one.:becky:

Capozzoli
04-13-2011, 10:38 PM
Nice set up.

This thread caught my attention cause I have this really old big tool box that I was thinking of converting into a BBQ.

Wampus
04-13-2011, 10:55 PM
Good idea.
I have a couple of large totes that I use. Similar to Dr KY uses, but with solid lids that completely remove from the tote. I have a large one on my grill/smoker cart that I keep my 3 chicken roasters, my grill pans/woks, turkey cannons, etc. I also have a smaller, see through one on the cart that I keep my mop, basting brushes, tongs, wipes, rubber gloves, thermos, grill gloves, meat gloves, etc. in. Keeps all the stuff together so when I need it, I know where it is.

Totes are on the bottom shelf of the cart in this pic:
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Brisket%20steaks%20and%20prime%20rib/IMG_1270.jpg

All my rubs have taken over a whole shelf in our spice cabinet. Yes.....we started out when I built the house with 2 full spice racks attached to the doors on a wall cabinet, but now the whole darn cabinet is spices, rubs, sauces, marinades, etc.

When I'm going portable, I just load up the two totes and throw rubs or other kitchen items (knives, spoons or other utensils that usually stay in the kitchen) in the smaller clear tote and roll.

I DO like the idea of a toolbox, though.:thumb:

Fife
04-13-2011, 11:03 PM
Great Idea may have to try one to get my stuff togather

RAZORBACK JIM
04-13-2011, 11:21 PM
Great idea!!!!

Jim

Drew
04-17-2011, 09:01 PM
Finally got one to organise some of my stuff.

http://i952.photobucket.com/albums/ae5/andrewbensch/Cooking/DSCF3961.jpg

trekmstr
04-17-2011, 10:24 PM
i have a few big totes with all of my major stuff but i also have a tool box with an assortment of items that i take with me anytime i am going someplace where food may be served (usually family events), and my wife usually volunteered me :roll: to help out and i am forced to use crappy tools or try to do something with nothing.:shocked:
so i have knives, tongs, sm cutting board hot gloves, flippers, towels, thermometers. you'd be surprised how many times it's been a life saver.

Phubar
04-18-2011, 12:28 PM
Brethren Jeroen (Dutch Poobah)....


http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n594/Rigbore/Nienoord%2014%20april%202011/P4140012.jpg

Phubar
04-18-2011, 12:34 PM
Here's another shot of my toolbox.
I have some rubs in there,Thermapen,small knife,small spoon,paper towels,foil,rubber gloves,batteries,ribrack,sponge,soap for dishes...
Over here alot of us also use those big transparent containers from the Ikea.


http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h342/Phubar2/SmokeFest%2016-04-11/IMG_4029.jpg

Fife
04-18-2011, 12:55 PM
Some good info

h20loo
04-18-2011, 01:20 PM
I kept scrolling down expecting to see someone with a Snapon cabinet in the kitchen!!
I don't know how you comp guys keep your stuff all organized- I have enopugh trouble keeping a small kitchen in order.

Vension Man
04-19-2011, 12:23 PM
Dang It Another Item to add to the list of stuff. Oh Well, that's why I joined. Cool Ideas.

Full Draw BBQ
04-19-2011, 12:37 PM
We have several of the clear plastic tubs, and wrote with a Sharpie on the top of the lid what the "inventory" is for each tub. So we can open it, and do a check before heading out to contests.

NeoTrout
04-19-2011, 12:54 PM
I kept scrolling down expecting to see someone with a Snapon cabinet in the kitchen!!
I don't know how you comp guys keep your stuff all organized- I have enopugh trouble keeping a small kitchen in order.

I have a Craftsman rolling tool chest in my garage with the bottom three drawers filled with bbq equipment. :cool:

EatRBBQ
04-19-2011, 02:14 PM
My tool box soon was too small.
Once the second box was full I knew I was hooked.
The third, fourth, and fifth caused a divorce.
Half a garage and a new wife later I bought a 23' stepvan.

How big can a BBQ tool box be? Ah, I've got a lifetime to learn. :D

nitelightboy
04-19-2011, 03:21 PM
Great idea. In a couple of the restaurant I've worked at, the cooks and chefs had small roll around tool chests to keep all of the goodies they've collected.

davebbq
05-03-2011, 04:08 AM
Thanks for the idea! I picked up this today, it's pretty darn big and fits all of my long handle tools with room to spare. Now to find the BBQ sticker :)

Kobalt Tool Box (http://www.lowes.com/pd_236554-1156-9126SR_0__?ipTrail=99.172.138.237&catalogId=10051&productId=3294564&selectedLocalStoreBeanArray=[com.lowes.commerce.storelocator.beans.LocatorStore Bean%40460d512c]&storeNumber=0449&langId=-1&storeId=10151&errorURL=UserAccountView)

Dr_KY
05-03-2011, 05:00 AM
I'll have one of these bad boys for mobile gear some day...

http://www.tooled-up.com/Artwork/ProdZoom/STA194210.jpg


http://toolmonger.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/DM_Fatmax020800R.jpg

SmokinAussie
05-03-2011, 05:41 AM
Dang, now I need to get one too! I gotta move everything out of the entire shelving unit I got for BBQ and Cook Books. I'll need one for BBQ Prep and Butchery, One for Brining, One for Spices and Rubs... ohhhh coool!

Dr_KY
05-03-2011, 06:18 AM
Dang, now I need to get one too! I gotta move everything out of the entire shelving unit I got for BBQ and Cook Books. I'll need one for BBQ Prep and Butchery, One for Brining, One for Spices and Rubs... ohhhh coool!
I often wish I had kept my Fatmax for BBQ but I needed tools for work and couldn't but a new box so the BBQ gear suffered...for now.

Phubar
05-03-2011, 07:02 AM
Dang Dr.....now I want me one of those!

Dr_KY
05-03-2011, 07:28 AM
Bro it never ends in our world. lol
This thing holds just about everything including the larger items like tongs, drip pans, foil, bulk rubs, frying pan for onions, sack of onions etc. in the bottom.

Being on wheels is a sweet bonus and it's very stable & sturdy. Gotta get another one. :(

BDAABAT
05-03-2011, 09:58 PM
I'm a noob... have only had a smoker since January. I also have a relatively small kitchen that didn't have room for a bunch of BBQ accoutrement. Am also OCD about junk just sitting out on the kitchen counter. Am not planning on doing comps... just needed something for home. So, I just grabbed a spare plastic bin and shoved stuff in and can hide it away when not cooking.

It's large enough to hold quarter pans, frog mats, foil, modest assortment of already made rubs as well as large canisters of spices for home made rubs, thermometers, gloves, bear claws, etc. And, after cleaning, up, I throw everything back in, and the box goes back to the basement.

Bruce

smokeyw
05-05-2011, 10:00 AM
I looked at one of these at Lowes yesterday. I like it, it looks like you can organize in it really well. I may have to spring for one in the future :thumb:

I'll have one of these bad boys for mobile gear some day...

http://www.tooled-up.com/Artwork/ProdZoom/STA194210.jpg


http://toolmonger.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/DM_Fatmax020800R.jpg

Full Draw BBQ
05-05-2011, 11:03 AM
Mine looks a lot like DBAABAT. I have three plastic boxes. One is all rubs and "ingredients". One is an old Dell laptop, Stoker and "techie" gear, anything electronic or clean that isn't grubby. Then the third is spatulas, knives, ect.... Each box has a label on the outside with what is inside, to be used as a checklist also. The first checklist I ever used was the Smokin' Guns list, and it's a great list to look over before heading to a big comp.

Smokin Turkey
05-05-2011, 02:07 PM
I'm using my 30+ year old craftsman I've had empty in the basement. It needed cleaned up so I painted it black and loaded it with my tools (tongs, spatula, bear claws, mits, gloves, injectors, thermos,)

Jay Bird
05-05-2011, 03:32 PM
Now I have to make a trip to the attic. Must be an old tool box up there someplace.

caliking
05-29-2011, 06:31 PM
Inspired by the organizational talent of the Brethren, i put together my own toolbox. The results have been terrific! No more running back into the house 20 times to get my gear piecemeal. Now everything is in one place!

I have been able to packin extra battheries for remote therms, bottle opener, beer holder, turkey fryer therm, remote therms, cooler light, HD foil, paper towels, flippers, gloves, syringes, lights, lighter, etc. Mods include chains to keep the lid open and another chain across the front for the paper towel roll (taken off when not cooking).

I love this!!

Dr_KY
06-05-2011, 06:43 AM
Lovin' the towel holder mod!

cambone
06-05-2011, 10:41 AM
my stuff is scattered everywhere, but i bet it's in a toolbox before dark.

smokinQ2
06-05-2011, 09:03 PM
Here is a great box because its watertight as that has been an issue in the past. Only issue is its so big by the time you load it up its too heavy. It is Stanley Fat Max and is 28 inches long.

http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k539/Btomey2/028001L_mid_res.jpg