LPG and Electrical Equipment – Considerations
We make special emphasis on using LPG equipment as opposed to electric equipment simply because its more efficent and in most cases cheapr. Additionally there are fewer problems associated with using LPG equipment in your business.
Electrical appliances will need a generator which can be expensive and noisy compared to using purely LPG appliances and equipment.
If your catering vehicle has both gas and electric installed you will need to have a separate test certificate, one for LPG gas appliances and another for any electric appliances.
Also each electric appliance e.g. toaster, kettle, or sandwich maker will also need a separate P.A.T. portable appliance test. So if it’s not too late I suggest you try and make sure all your catering equipment is running on LPG.
Mobile Catering Equipment for Sale
After purchasing my first mobile catering truck/van. I really didn't have a clue what catering equipment was needed. Luckily the vehicle did come with a griddle, water boiler (tea earn) chip fryer, and fridge but I didn't know how to use or maintain any of the equipment.
The images links below will provide you with an overview and include some basic information and a few ideas that you should find useful. You will also have the chance to see these individual items for sale at the end of each description in case you wanted to check out some prices.
Ebay & Second-hand LPG Catering Equipment.
At the time I purchased additional catering equipment from eBay, and in the process, managing to save a few hundred pounds. However, there is a risk that equipment may not be safe to use and many people get duped into buying catering equipment that is in fact dangerous.
Obviously, do your research and compare prices but generally, a lot of the items are in good working order, and I have personally never had any problems. However, do take the time to do some due diligence before you buy. All equipment will need the CE mark. Without it, any catering equipment will not be fit for purpose. Also, if it's second-hand make sure it has a valid test certificate from a qualified LPG engineer. In this way, you know its safe to use. If it doesn't walk away.
Buying New Catering Equipment
Buying new catering equipment is always the best option, mostly all equipment is backed with a warranty and some type of manufactures guarantee. You have the reassurance its safe to use and will be CE marked. Recent developments means there also many options to help financially if you don't have the money upfront. A lot of sites selling catering equipment offer interest free periods and leasing options to help spread the cost of catering equipment.
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