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idratherbhuntin
01-05-2008, 07:41 PM
Every year I go to the Texas Shoot-Out and hauling the cooking stuff back and forth to camp is getting old. What should be an easy solution as somehow intered my head and turned out to be a lot of work just like most of my projects. I have been cursed with the desire to make everything I build look professional instead on just functional.

I have thus decided to build a portable kitchen. This project actually goes hand to hand with another I have bee drumming up for the last six months. I also want to build a custom trailer that is light weight but very versitle and ruged to pull behind my 4 wheeler. It will be about the same width complete with "game cleaning station" and winch. Perfect for hauling feeders and tripods for set up on a new lease.

But First... the kitchen...

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3/4" square tubing consruction for light weight. Two double burner camp chef 90K BTU cookers with One 32" x 16" Griddle (thats a lot of pancakes). 12" Sink with 30 Gal fresh water tank and 12 volt on demand RV water Pump.

More pics will come as I progress.

Flint knapper
01-05-2008, 08:02 PM
Looks good, but you might have to put some more wheels under it!

BIG IRON
01-05-2008, 10:07 PM
Did you weld that with that stick welder in the background? Those look like MIG beads, very nice. I would suggest pneumatic casters if you are going to be rolling it around camp. Seeing all of these DIY projects lately is giving me the itch to fire up the welder again.

Are you going to skin it or leave it open. There is a place in Dublin that will brake sheet metal to your exact dimensions really cheap.

Tmag
01-05-2008, 10:46 PM
Nice!

idratherbhuntin
01-06-2008, 11:23 AM
Did you weld that with that stick welder in the background? Those look like MIG beads, very nice. I would suggest pneumatic casters if you are going to be rolling it around camp. Seeing all of these DIY projects lately is giving me the itch to fire up the welder again.

Are you going to skin it or leave it open. There is a place in Dublin that will brake sheet metal to your exact dimensions really cheap.

Nope it is MIG. The arc wewlder is for when I am building fence. Yes I will skin it once I get everything in place. I ordered some RV compartment doors of ebay to make my cabinets water tight. I have also tought about rino lining it so I can leave it out in the elements. What do you think?

BIG IRON
01-06-2008, 01:23 PM
Rhino liner is a good idea. I have used something like that on a stair that I built for a tower stand. It comes in a spray can and is made by 3M, I got it at walmart.

SupaSlam
01-06-2008, 03:21 PM
That looks like a nice portable kitchen to me!! How heavy do you expect it to be when complete? Is it just going to fit in the back of a pickup or going on a trailer?

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Flint knapper
01-06-2008, 05:06 PM
I can't wait to see it finished!

Bill in San Jose
01-07-2008, 11:59 AM
You guys in TX raise food, preparing it, and eating it to an art-form! Looks great. What will you use for the food prep surfaces? Stainless steel or high density plastic so it's easy to keep clean?

idratherbhuntin
01-07-2008, 10:33 PM
You guys in TX raise food, preparing it, and eating it to an art-form! Looks great. What will you use for the food prep surfaces? Stainless steel or high density plastic so it's easy to keep clean?

I was tinking polished aluminum for the surface and maybe 1/16' steel for the sides. Not wuite sure yet. Wish I could afford ALL aluminum but one sheet of polished diamond plate is 160!

By the way... My radio for it cme in today! Gotta have tunes while your cookin!

Codie
01-09-2008, 03:39 PM
now thats cool right there!

idratherbhuntin
02-21-2008, 09:27 PM
OK Guys... Here it is. The ALMOST finished product. Sorry I did not post more pics of the process as I was building it. The card I stored those pics on is not working for some reason. I am still missing a few pieces of aluminum trim. I decided not to rhino line it because of weight. It is heavy enough as it is. Not too bad till you feel the 30 gal water tank.

Sides - .040 aluminum sheathing (same as cargo trailers)
Top - 1/8" aluminum diamond plate (not easy to clean but looks cool)
Frame - 3/4" square tubing
Interior Dividers - very thin Masonite (like solid pegboard)
Indoor / outdoor carpet covered shelves and storage
15X12X8 Kohler Sink and Delta Faucet
12v on demand RV Pump
30 Gal Water tank
Battery, some switches and a little PVC for the drain.
Perko courtesy Lights and 12v accessory plugs in back splash
3- 60K and 1 90K BTU camp chef burners w/ 32" x 16" Griddle
And YES that is a AM/FM/CD complete with Ipod Jack.

All I need to add is a few pieces of trim and a 12v solar panel.

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The porta-kitch had its maden voyage at this years 29th annual Texas Shoot-Out. It worked great!

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switchback
02-21-2008, 10:10 PM
That's an awesome cook and prep set up.

Gunner97
02-21-2008, 10:19 PM
Very Cool. I bet you could sell a ton of them at hunting/camping shows.

Big_gun
02-22-2008, 05:44 AM
amazing skills. Looks great.

Richard M.
02-22-2008, 07:31 AM
Very impressive!

KRB
02-22-2008, 07:52 AM
Thats really nice, was it a ***** to unload and reload??

WoJo
02-22-2008, 08:13 AM
Very professional job. Looks great!!

bwssr
02-22-2008, 08:27 AM
Wow!

rbridges00
02-22-2008, 01:26 PM
About how much do you think you've got invested in it?

Our non-profit organization could use something like that!

JTS
02-22-2008, 01:53 PM
dang that is slick as hell

huntingfanatic
02-22-2008, 02:07 PM
Very impressive!!!!!

Bill in San Jose
02-22-2008, 03:27 PM
That is a work of art. One comment. I'm not an electrician, but the 110 outlet is upside down. I'd suggest you remove it and replace with a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupted) outlet, which will prevent an electric shock, and since there is water, it's a good idea. If you have other electrical outlets underneath, etc. I can't see, if you wire them to the 'load" side of the GFCI, they're also protected, as will anything plugged into it. Where does the 110v come 'in' to power the outlet?

Stolle
02-22-2008, 03:35 PM
Aweseome!!! How much did that rig cost you in material? If you don't mind me asking!!!

ken
02-22-2008, 04:14 PM
Wow!

keep
02-22-2008, 09:36 PM
Holy Smokes Jeff! I had no idea you were that handy. That may be the best built DIY projust I have seen. It looks great.

idratherbhuntin
02-23-2008, 09:10 AM
It was a pain alright. It started out as just a little camp cooker that was suppose to be 2' x4' nut it grew a little. The 110 plug is not hooked up. I just have not taken it out and replaced it with something else yet. Everything on there works off of 12v. No 110 power running through it. I bought the radio, speaker housing with everything you see in it on-line (thank you ebay). I think it was around 80 bucks.


As for material cost I was not bad until I decided to skin it with aluminum sheeting and trim. That by itself was a little over $600. I bought the cookers, sink, faucet, water tank, pump, lights and RV hatch doors on ebay over a couple months and it was not bad.

Ebay Finds:
cookers - $65 each
griddle - $70
pump - $38
lights - $16
sink - $32
faucet - $13
water tank - $47
Hatch Doors - $25 each
Casters - $55 (Northern Tool)
Frame Metal - $150 (Phillips Welding)

Now I wish you guys would not have asked how much. I have never totaled it up before. Everything was bought over several months as I could afford it. If I had to guess a Final price I bet I broke 1,200 pretty easy. Now that I have the learning curve down I think I could definitely do another one a little cheaper.

So far I have been Offered 2500 for it by a oil field catering company but I have not decided If I want to sell it yet because of the time and energy I have invested and the fact that my wife is not quite ready to lose her parking spot in the garage again for me to build another.

Bill in San Jose
02-23-2008, 10:38 AM
Like in the Visa commercial:


Bringing to to a party and seeing guy's jaws drop and pretty girls swoon- Priceless!

Like I said, a work of art. I can imagine that people would offer $2,500. If you google around and can't find them custom make for sale, and can get the materials needed, and the hours you put in make sense, you may have found a side business to fund maxing out your retirement plan contributions to plan to retire young and hunt full-time!

idratherbhuntin
02-23-2008, 10:50 AM
I forgot to include in my materia list that this thing is got over 400 1/8" aluminum rivits in it. Man My forearms were tired. Next rivit gun I buy will not be manual.

rbridges00
02-25-2008, 09:30 AM
....Now I wish you guys would not have asked how much. I have never totaled it up before. Everything was bought over several months as I could afford it. If I had to guess a Final price I bet I broke 1,200 pretty easy. Now that I have the learning curve down I think I could definitely do another one a little cheaper....

Sorry 'bout that, but was so impressed thought I'd see if we could afford to pursue.

I think I'd have to include a pnuematic riviter in the cost! :)

2050z
02-25-2008, 10:49 AM
that is an awesome portable kitchen.

Bill in San Jose
02-27-2008, 12:48 PM
I'm not an electrician, but the 110 outlet is upside down.

I'm still not an electrician, but I was wrong and stand corrected. I learned yesterday that the National Electrical Code (NEC) does not say if the grounding plug (round) needs to be up or down when a receptacle is installed. I'd still suggest using a GFCI whenever you get 110 hooked up.

BIG IRON
02-28-2008, 01:22 PM
I'm still not an electrician, but I was wrong and stand corrected. I learned yesterday that the National Electrical Code (NEC) does not say if the grounding plug (round) needs to be up or down when a receptacle is installed. I'd still suggest using a GFCI whenever you get 110 hooked up.

An upside down plug usually indicates that the plug works off of a switch.

That is awesome. You have way too much time on your hands:D

aggie82josh
03-03-2008, 02:18 PM
That is an awesome set up. I bet there are plenty of people that would pay top dollar for one.

theluckyhunter
03-04-2008, 10:27 PM
now thats some serious skill

Eric4x4
03-05-2008, 09:32 PM
That is awesome very proffesional looking set-up.