Pros and Cons of Dry Baine Marie Vs Wet Baine Marie

LPG  Converted Generator - rubber mounts for vibration, internal fan for cooling down, sound proof material for noise reduction, own exhaust pipe

LPG Converted Generator - rubber mounts for vibration, internal fan for cooling down, sound proof material for noise reduction, own exhaust pipe

Hi, just starting up and looking around for equipment. What are the differences and pros and cons between wet and dry Bain Marie.

I would like to run mine on electric as I already have a large generator. Also I’ve noticed that everybody keeps their generators outside their trailer.

Is this because of the vibration it would give off if it was running and touching the trailer? I was hoping eventually to build a compartment at back of trailer to house mine, save lifting all time.

Thanks Rob

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Apr 10, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I am building at moment, have built several in the past, but I would put in all gas appliances, a gas fridge out of a caravan, they also run off 240/12v. 12v Lighting run of a battery that can charge whilst driving, but put a solar panel on the roof, with enough to supply enough amps to keep battery topped up at all times,. I run a fish and chip van this way and I never had to do anything with the 12v system, always had power. As long as you have gas, you don't need 240v, but put it in in-case you can run extension lead. But wouldn't bother with genny. Also if have an inverter, its ideal for short periods,but not for long as battery will go flat,

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Wet Baine Marie or Wet You Decide
by: David

Hi Rob,

Personally I find the dry heat Baine Marie tends to dry out the food a little quicker. I think this is because it’s heated through hot air which is fan assisted. It does heat up the food faster and it’s supposed to consume less energy which may be an advantage.

With a wet Baine Marie (carry extra water )you have to wait until the water heats up to the desired temperature - a little like boiling water so it’s slower to start heating the food up, but the heat is moist and warm and not dry like the dry Baine Marie.

Another little issue with the wet Baine Marie is after a day trading, you’re going to have to disregard the very hot water before you drive off. Or you’ll be left with a very wet floor. I’ve done this a few times as I’ve just plain forgotten to empty some of the water, but it’s not a big problem.

With regards to generators, most of these are situated outside the food vehicle for safety reasons like: if they’re running on petrol, noise, excess heat etc. You can get a silent generator, LPG generator and water cooled generators than can run in its own compartment, but that faces outside.

You may also want to get expert advice on installation, sound proofing, cooling systems etc. Also be aware that generators installed on the vehicle, if not installed properly can cause a lot of vibration through the trailer which could lead to problems for the surrounding pips and gas works, which you’ve already mentioned.

If you can I would opt for an LPG generator since these are cheaper to run than petrol and won’t create an safety issues that may arise from having LPG and Petrol in close proximity

Best of luck,
David

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