How To Hook Your Table Top Grill Up To A 20 Pound Propane Tank.

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Steve,
I have a question. I see a lot of hot dog carts with small grills on them. How do you convert the gas grill from 1 pound tank to the 20lb? I have looked everywhere for parts to convert it but I cant figure it out.
Thank you,
Dean
Deanies Weenies, LLC
Lake Saint Louis Missouri
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This is a very common question with a super simple solution…

41G9RP99S5L._SL160_Just get a Century 8-Foot Hose with Type 1 Coupling. It lets you use your 20 pound propane tank with any table top style grill. Just take it out of the package and hook it up.

You’ll be grillin’ and chillin’ in minutes!

Looking for a special connector? Here is a link to a ton of different propane adapters. You should be able to find the one you need.

I hope this helps!

-Steve

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ThunderDog

This is absolutely the best way to go. I also have added an extra single burner that will hook up to a 20lb tank. I do a lot of events and need the extra capacity. Its there when I need it. Keeps the grill free for dogs when I need to grill more onions!

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Gene

I got a question—-what are most people wanting—-grilled or steamed? I am working towards my first hot dog cart and would like to know which way to go. It seems like most carts are with the “steam”. What advantage is there with each?

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steve

Right on ThunderDog!

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steve

Gene,
It depends on what the folks in your area are used to. It’s really a regional thing. If you decide to grill your dogs, just use the grill to get ‘em hot all the way through and put some char marks on ‘em. Then put them in the steamer where they will keep a lot longer without drying out. When a customer orders one you can throw it back on the grill for a few seconds just for show ;-)
-Steve

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Lucky Dawg

I also found that skin-on franks can get real crispy if you leave them on the grill too long. They also have a tendancy to burst open. Some folks actually like them that way. I tried one of my over cooked caspers and didn’t really care for it myself. Non-skinned dogs can have grill marks seared into them and then put back into the steamer. I used to grill but only steam now. The grill is lots of work to keep clean. I only break it out now if I have a special of Bratwurst and grilled onions and peppers.

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Country

I have an adapter from Mr.Heater with a12′
Hose assembly. Model F273702. Made in the
U.S.A. I have a local boys and girls club, I found it there as well as extra water jugs like the ones used in Steves video on how to make your own cart. If you hit the good will stores etc. Regullarly, you can find supplies needed.
Hope you all are staying warm.
Just Finnished final paint on my cart, waiting on warm weather to reassemble. Can’t wait to send. Y’all my pictures.

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Jack Clark

I have one year under my belt and this is just my opinion. You know what they say about opinions?
I am in the process of building a new cart. It will have a 2 full pan steam table, a 24” griddle and a single propane burner for fast recovery. Big “busy” events call for steam or boil especially if you are doing all the cooking. The griddle makes my cart more versatile i.e. Sausage w/peppers & onions, pancakes, hot dogs. Steam table for keeping cooked food hot and warming buns. A grill has a nice look but limitations.

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Dean

Steve,
I want to keep the L.P. gas regulator that comes with the grill and add it to the same gas line (steam table) with the 3/8″ flare. I need the part that goes between the 3/4″ female thread on the L.P. gas regulator and the 3/8″ flare. I am just teeing off the steam table and going back to the grill. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

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steve

Dean,

Get these two fittings:
This one screws into your table top grill regulator. It has a 1/4″ female pipe thread in the other end into which you can screw this one.

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steve

Lucky, I like those “bursters” but like Jack said, that’s just my opinion.

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steve

Thanks Country!

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Margie Cochran aka Dog Gone Dogs

Question????Where do you get the stainless grill?

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steve

Margie,
I’ve seen them at Lowes but you can get one here.

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Tony

Hi all, you can really please every one just by steaming the dogs, or boiling the dogs or barbie the dogs, now thats cooking hot dogs. Hey I just get into the cooking of the dogs, Steve is right, depends on the area you are in and what kind of dogs they like. I will try to go out of my way to please a client. they always come back for more, my phrase is simple, Im not Mc Donalds but I give it to you, your way.

Tony

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Richard in Berryton ks

Steve. What’s the best grill to use on a hot dog cart.This will be my First year. Thanks Richard

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Richard in Berryton ks

Hey. Steve it might be while I still got 10″ of in drive.

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joe

Steve…
One of your best articles ever…..
thanks for all the info

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Big Mommas Hot Dog House

I made mine wth 1/2 pan for boiling, full for steam/seperate dogs and two quarter pans to keep my onions and chili warm. People have responded well to our Sonoran and Chicago dogs. I use a Foreman grill for bacon wrapped, that’s the fastest and best I’ve found. The grill is a nice eye catcher but I rarely use mine. We do more chili dogs than anything and we just steam them! Like Steve said, “regional”. Listen to your peeps…

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john

Why do the grills always seam to be facing inward? Wouldn’t you want them facing outward, away from the cart?

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Kerry D

I am looking to start a hot dog cart this spring.I would like to serve a dog a little different than those you buy in the stores.Are there any places to get them that doesn’t cost a fortune?I’m just starting and need to really watch cost.Any help will be appreciated.

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cornelius&charlett haywood

Nice cart how did u affix the grill to the cart/ diamond plating?

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TONY VEGA

Thank ‘s to everybody for the great comments made on every dog subject. I will be puchasing a cart and I want to get some feed back on a Grille VS a Grille. Which is best to have?

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steve

Kerry,

If you’ve never done this before you can find answers at http://www.HotDogBiz101.com

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Kouzinna Kart

Hi Steve thank you for your emails really enjoy the information. I would like to know where to purchase the hood over the hot dog steaming area. Would appreciate the information and if you know the cost. Thank you Helen Frudakis/Kouzinna Kart

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cam

Mr. Heater makes a bunch of hoses, adapters & fittings.

http://www.mrheater.com/ProductFamily.aspx?catid=58

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Kats Dogs

Hi So where do you buy these grills??? I just got a cart but I need a grill or griddle..Thanks

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steve

Hey Kat,
You can buy these grills at Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
-Steve

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Pat mullican

Hey you can buy the smaller grills at any Lowes home depot or almost any sporting good store like cabala’s ,and the attachment needed to work the smaller grills of bigger bottles you can buy at them as well. They sell them so campers can run there camp stoves and stuff off one tank in stead of small bottles.

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