Fryer oil security

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2012/03/10 06:05:25 (permalink)

Fryer oil security

Hey all,
I was wondering for those who have fryers on board their food truck and plan to move around town, how do you keep your oil from sloshing around in transit?
I am not installing a fryer in the first wave of my build, but am considering it at a later date. I was curious how these trucks that are actually mobile secure their oil so it doesn't get dangerous and messy in the rig.
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    Bistro a go-go
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/10 10:58:33 (permalink)
    this is a great question and one on my list of things to work through. stop and go in town and muliple stops during a work day are issues. fryers are easily drained down but that incredibly hot grease into a 'plastic' 5 gallon bucket isnt kewl, eh? also im thinking a piece of sheet metal thats bent to hang over the sides and drop just to the oil level with a heavy duty rubber seal thats food grade like a cooler door seal may work. a fairly simple job for any sheet metal fab shop or incase your handy with a welder and shear and brake, a DIY project.
     
    my bigger concern is dealing with grease laden air and what sticks to every square inch of the kitchen area. My last 2 sit down rests advertised no fried foods, period. a slogan was, 'no fast food, no half fast food' (you have to say it quickly,...) now im going to the dark side....
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/10 14:50:59 (permalink)
    I could post some pics of how my fryer is covered. It's just a lid that slides into place. It doesn't seal but any leakage would be minimal. The newer designs have a lid with a hinge and lowers deep into the basin.
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/10 23:20:24 (permalink)
    Vic Cardenas

    I could post some pics of how my fryer is covered. It's just a lid that slides into place. It doesn't seal but any leakage would be minimal. The newer designs have a lid with a hinge and lowers deep into the basin.

     
    I've thought about lids with food grade silicone seals as well. I've also thought of draining about half the oil in between jogs.
    Bistro, I am pretty sure plastic wouldn't cut it! I guess you could drain some oil into half of a deep half hotel pan, and lid that.
     
    Seems like the seal-able lid on the fryer is most long term reasonable solution. Thing is, a lot of fryers are constructed differently. So we are talking about custom work unless there is some kind of universal mobile truck fryer vat that one can think about installing so this issue can be handled easily and universally with an appropriate professionally made lid.
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/11 12:38:20 (permalink)
    any grease leakage at all is too much. where could minimal grease spill out and be okay?
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/11 16:50:27 (permalink)
    @ $30 a jug, i bet you would want to keep your oil in the fryer vs anywhere else
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/11 18:27:42 (permalink)
    I would guess that the amount that comes out would be less than the amount that you lose every time you cook an order of fries, pull it out of the hot oil, flip it over and drip oil onto your grill.
    Good luck with your silicone-touching-400-degree-oil experiment, guys!
    DWags: That hotel pan better have some heavy duty lid clamps built into it.
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/11 18:41:10 (permalink)
    Excuse the muck and rust.


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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/11 19:01:27 (permalink)
    Couldn't you just buy a metal can (like a pony keg or other metal jug) and drain your oil into that?
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/12 23:34:01 (permalink)
    I went searching but couldn't find it.  Somewhere on these forums a person with a food truck showed what they use.  It was a large stainless steel pot that had wheels on the bottom.  The top had a lid that had flip-style lid lockers like you would see on a toolbox.  It had like 4 of them all around the top of the pot, and the lid had hooks that hung over the side for the latches to lock down on.  They would just drain into that before driving off, and pour back in once at a new location.  (An added benefit is you can filter your oil at the same time keeping it ultra clean.)
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/13 02:00:07 (permalink)
    Might have been buck & vi's
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/13 09:40:18 (permalink)
    Is this it?
    www.zesco.com/Filter-Drain-Pots-For-Oil-pz030311MZ02.htm
     
    or you can try
     
    www.kegconnections.com
     
    They sell used stainless steel kegs for around $50.00 each. This is what I use.
     
    Hope this helps.
     
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/13 14:13:19 (permalink)
    They sell insulated fryer oil cans on lil orbits website. Cat# A110.  Doesn't show how much they cost but thats something I'm going to look into getting once I have some spare $$
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2012/03/15 15:13:24 (permalink)
    FriedTater:  The first link is the one I saw.  I am going to save that link because I googled like crazy trying to find that again.  That is what I want when the time comes.
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2017/05/22 17:26:04 (permalink)
    Vic, 
    Can you please tell us what you did there?
     
    post edited by assaadz21 - 2017/05/22 18:45:03
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2017/06/21 01:05:21 (permalink)
    when I was working in a food truck, we kinda had a perm locations so the only time we moved was to close shop. we turn the fryer off for about 10 minutes and then empty the fryer into the container that the oil came in. the oil is normally still hot but not boiling. we never had a leak or a melting problem... I would totally recommend getting one of those metal pots that seals... because I've always felt uneasy with the way we did it. but hay, what the boss says goes.
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    Re:Fryer oil security 2017/11/08 14:55:31 (permalink)
    Two option here: You can either empty your oil after each stop throughout the day. Keep a couple of metal cans/buckets with sealable lids to drain it each time(Make sure its off though). Not Very Practical though.
     
    Two buy/build a lid structure to contain the oil during transport. Most manufactures sell a lid for their base fryers but they are not fluid tight usually and are only meant to cove the top. You can also build one to fit your setup by trimming down a sheet or hotel pan.
     
    On our BBQ trailer we did the former since we go several days between setups. Our food truck build we skipped the fryer altogether, but for our third build we plan on doing a double cover setup with one self built cover to go flush lip inside the fryer. And a second factory cover that locks into place.
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