Special Considerations for Designing Your First Food Truck

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Denver, CO – Building a food truck you intend to cook on involves lots of planning and designing before you begin construction. You’ll need to include space for food preparation and storage, as well as cooking equipment, fryers or grills for cooking your food items.

Your design needs to incorporate sufficient space for food storage, food preparation areas, refrigerator, freezer, heat lamps and any other equipment you use to prepare your dishes. The food truck design you choose must factor in any space taken up by ventilation or exhaust fans, as you also need to ensure your work area is properly ventilated.

Your truck also needs to carry generators, propane gas bottles and fresh water tanks. Then there’s the consideration of including the right amount of serving space and cash registers or payment processing machinery.

Even if your kitchen and servery design is perfect for your food truck’s needs, you also need to take into account the mechanical aspects of your truck. The engine and transmission need to be powerful enough to haul the added weight of a mobile kitchen around town. It also needs to be reliable enough to get you to and from your chosen location each day.

When your design is done and it’s time to start arranging construction, stop and take a moment to think about a few other considerations you might have overlooked.

Fire Safety

Commercial kitchens within large restaurants or cafés are required to adhere to strict regulations when it comes to fire safety. If they hope to pass inspection, they must meet UL-300 requirements set by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

Food trucks are no different. Your food truck design is a compact space that is much smaller than a restaurant, but it’s still a commercial kitchen.

You will need to ensure you have the correct fire extinguishers and fire suppression systems installed. Not only will you have to worry about combating hot-burning cooking fires, such as those sparked by deep fryers or within grease filters, but there are also fires that could spark within compacted hoods and ventilation systems to consider.

Your food truck is also carrying propane gas, which is highly combustible and may require different fire suppression systems than those used for kitchen or cooking fires.

Before finalizing your food truck construction design, take the time to discuss your needs with the team at Hood Builder. Their design specialists can help you fully customize your food truck for maximum efficiency and optimal safety, whether you’re in Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Phoenix, or anywhere across Colorado or California.

Call the team at Hood Builder today on (800) 750-7055 and ask for a fast price quote.

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