Refrigeration For a Market Stall?

by Jonny

Hi there,

Firstly, thanks for all the advice on the site, it's been a great help so far!

I'm currently in the process of setting up a new catering business, starting off on a small scale at markets and small events. I'm struggling to find a solution to refrigeration on a market stall.

The 3 way fridges I can find online are more for camping and just don't have a high enough capacity for what would be kept chilled, and thermo boxes seem ok for fruit and veg, but I wouldn't want to take a risk in storing meat in them for a number of hours.

Am I missing an obvious solution for transportable refrigeration that I can take to an event, and be sure that everything will be kept below 5c?

For cooking, I will only need a couple of gas burners on the counter-top, does anyone have any suggestions of a good place to buy these, and can you buy burners that have already been certified for use?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Field & Kitchen

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May 21, 2014
Refrigeration For a Market Stall
by: David

Hi Jonny,

Good to hear from you.
From what you are describing, you’re going to need a commercial fridge to keep the food at the right temperature and a griddle to cook the food.

This is the basic setup for any food business and will require you to install either LPG/Electrical 240v appliances. The 3 way fridge should have the right capacity and power to hold the right temperature; this is what was in my catering trailer.

As for which power source I always recommend LPG since it’s more cost effective and does not need the aid of a generator. If you go with electric appliances you will have to acquire a (quiet) generator with enough power for the appliances. If you are looking to buy any second equipment, make sure it has the CE Mark and an up to date LPG/Electrical test certificate which will be required in most events to trade.

I would also seek professional advice from a qualified LPG engineer on how best to set this up. You can search for some in the Mobile Catering Directory

Here are some links that will help.

Gas Fridge

LPG Griddle

I hope this helps and do keep me updated.


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