Wholly Cow Hot Dog’s E-Z Built Hot Dog Cart

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Creative is an understatement. You gotta see these pictures… Bradley, you’re a genius.

Steve,

I just wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful website and plans.  The wealth of knowledge freely available on your site is truly amazing.  I also wanted to shamelessly brag about my brand new hot dog cart that I built myself.

I’m a software developer and consultant for a huge corporation that everyone would recognize if I named it.  However, 15 years ago, I owned a cabinet shop.  We also own a shaved-ice business, so we’re no strangers to concessions.  We also own a farm and raise goats, so we’re no strangers to hard work, either.

I bought your plans mainly to see how to make the firebox and the sinks, but I found much more information than I could have hoped for.  Since I have the knowledge and experience to build anything out of wood, I customized the plans to suit my vision.

Here’s some specs on my cart…

First of all, it’s 51 inches wide, and 48 inches long.  I extended the cart to the edge of the fenders.

It’s made out of 2×3′s instead of 2×2′s, since I couldn’t find any decent 2×2′s.

I put in 4 sinks. (Thanks to these, the Health Dept. told me that I wouldn’t need a commissary!)

The cooler boasts a 130-quart capacity and can hold 170 cans of soda.

I also wanted a chilled condiment table, so I added that, as well.

Since we are required to have a backup LP tank, I made room for two 20-pound tanks right inside.

I included a full-size deep-cycle marine battery in a marine battery box.

There are two cigarette lighter-style 12v outlets, and a 400 watt power inverter in the upper dry storage area, with two 120v outlets and a USB outlet so we can charge cell phones and iPods, run a laptop, etc.

I bought a small set of speakers to hook to the iPod just to have a little music going.

I even made the cart into a free mobile Wi-Fi hotspot!

You’ll see in the pictures that I also made a fence to go around the tongue that fits right in with my theme.

As you can imagine, this cart is quite the conversation piece.  The look on people’s faces when they see it is priceless.

Thanks for providing the knowledge, and the gathering place for so many great people to come together and share their experience.

Bradley Jacobs
Wholly Cow Hot Dogs

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I’m wholly speechless, but you shouldn’t be. If you can’t think of a comment for this then you must not  be breathing. Let’s give Bradley some kudos!

-Steve

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AJ/ Triple Play Dogs

Wow Bradley, you did a great job with your cart. I wish you much success in your new biz.

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Gregg Peterson

There is nothing shameless at all about plugging your name & business! The sort of creativity that you showed, in conjunction with Steve’s plans, is the sort of foundation that this country was founded on!
People like you & me & Steve & all the other doggers & vendors out there may be the new heartbeat of America, that helps bring this economy around again.

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Jaimie

That’s UDDERLY fantastic!!!! Great concept and paint job. Hope your business keeps moo-ving along. How’s that Steve????

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Nikos Kastrinsios

That is really cool! Hope you make a lotta people happy, and I hope you don’t get chased down by bulls!!! lol

Looks FANTASTIC!

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DrThunder

That is so cool, that-away 2 go.

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Rob:Awesome Dogs

Wow!!! How creative!! Good luck on the new business..

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gene

the phil rizzuto HOLY COW..unbelievable..awesome

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Renee's Dogs

Wow am I impressed! I love the idea of having a “theme” – and the attention to detail! Amazing!

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Julio Medina-Andrade

Cool…dude, I like the graphics and the cow face in front of the cart!

Bradley, I am wondering what setup did you use to produce a remote Wi-Fi AP?

Iphone with a data package w/an application and a usb wireless router, or laptop w/broadband hotspot device..?

A solar PV might compliment your power system if not make a heck of a great add on; though, it might detract from ur stands (cows black patches) aesthetic attraction.

Kudos Bradley!

‘Julio

Doggies
Los Angeles, CA

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Darren

Unbelieveable craftsmanship!

I love the value-adds of offering a charging station and Wi-Fi. That could really make the difference in a high-school lunch area.

All the best this season!

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Cynthia

Absolutely amazing! Great job Bradley I love it!

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Esteban Guzman

Love the concept and I love the artwork on the cart. Awesome modifications too, very interesting!

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Franky

GOT HOTDOGS?

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Joel

That’s a WHOLLY WOW for that WHOLLY COW!!!!!!! Now go out there and made some MILK(Money) to put in your Pail… Great Job
sgtmtn

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Bradley Jacobs

Thanks for the comments!

I forgot to mention that I also put electronic ignition on there. You can see the big black button just to the right of the burner controls. Why light a match, when you can have an electronic ignitor for less than $20?

@Julio: I used a MiFi from Verizon. I already had it for use in my job. It allows 5 devices simultaneous access. If I find more access needed, I have already been looking into the wireless APs with a USB connection that will work with the MiFi to allow more. They are only around $100.

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Tim/Get Grilled

Very nice. It is a work of art

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Debi Dunaj

Definitely an attention getter! Now all you need is a cow print umbrella with the same cute cow! And I totally love the electronic ignition. I HATE lighting it myself especially since I don’t have individual burners, I just have one plate that lights up 1/2 at a time.
Good luck :-)

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Debi Dunaj

PS I think Jaime wins for wittiest comment, Steve…LOL

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Robin

That Wholly cow is Wholly incredible!!! Just watch out for the lonely bull. He’s the one without “an-udder.”

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Dave the Coneyman

Great job Bradley!

Super attention to detail and an eye-popping theme. I love it when dogger’s think outside the cart.

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Jeff w w

All i can say is A1 Just amazing Great Job Bradley!!!!!!

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HowlinHank

Great job on the cart. Where did you find the hinged lid for the steamer?

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DAVE THE DOG DUDE

PAT,PAT,PAT,PAT,PAT THAT WAS VERY MOOOOOOOOOOOVING

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Robert M.

That’s a very nice looking cart and very creative. That definitely will catch the customers eye.
One question for everyone. Where are you getting the “fire boxes” or steamers your using?

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Ty

WOWWWW!!!! I had to read the specs twice because there is sooo much going on with that cart!!! I LOOOOVE IT!!!!! Gorgeous! You did a great job! Your customers will love you for that WIFI!!!!!

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Larry

Wonderful cart. Guessing your selling ALL BEEF!!!

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tenacity

WHAT A GREAT CONCEPT! DO YOU SERVE ANY MILK PRODUCTS? CART LOOKS GREAT! GOOD LUCK TO YOU! I BET THE PEOPLE HERD TO YOUR CART, JUST TO TAKE A BETTER LOOK!

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steve

Robert,

Like the rest of the cart, the firebox/steam table is made from my plans. You can learn how by getting my E-Z Built Hot Dog Cart Video and Plans Package. That’s what all these guys and gals used to build their own carts.

Get yours at http://www.BuildAHotDogCart.com.

-Steve

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Bradley Jacobs

@HowlinHank: I got the hinged lid used at a local Retaurant supply house. Already had the label on it. You can buy them new at pretty much any supply house. But the new ones are expensive.

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Gordon

excelenta, dude: I’m about a week out my cart is going to be a replica of steve’s yellow cart. I’m going to be set up infront of the superman museum across from the superman statue in metropolis, il cant wait got my tax id, insurance, city permit waiting on my health permit thanks for the leadership steve

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Lucky Dawg

Love the hinged steamer lid as well. Can you tell us were you picked that up? Thanks.
Your cart is awesome. Do you have a permanent site yet? You should do well.
Good Luck!

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Cindy

I hope she finds the greenest pastures. What did you name her?

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Jack's Last Stand

Bradley…I am awe struck. I’m not easily impressed but you have done it. Best of luck with your venture. This is my first year out of the corral and my plans are to make a custom cart this winter. I may contact you for copyright, patent or franchise waivers. Love it!!!!

Jack

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Jimmy's Big Dog Express.

Now that chilled condiment area is a really great idea as well as all the rest of the stuff you added. Very awesome looking cart Bradley!!

I have been trying to find a Hinged or roll top steamer lid for my cart for a little while now, Have had no luck at all. Anyone here know of where I can get one?? Thanks, Jimmy.

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Bradley Jacobs

Some answers:

No milk products. Might have to look into the HD requirements for that.

Haven’t set a permanent site yet, I have some that want me, though.

Haven’t named her yet. Maybe Bessie the Wholestein? OK, that pun was over the limit, even for me. My tip jar says, “Economic Stim-MOO-lus Package,” with a picture of my cow.

Going to put a tail on her that I can yank to ring the bell on the front.

OK, so maybe the new covers aren’t all that expensive…

Hinged Cover Dome:
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/full-size-hinged-dome-steam-table-hotel-pan-cover/92277400.html

Roll-top Cover:
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/steam-table-roll-top-cover/407RRC.html

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Teri

Fantastic! Great creativity and it looks terrific too. That’s no bull pucky!!!
Wishing you much success with all your businesses.

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Duggs Doggs

You will do great!! You have what it takes!! Great skills, desire and a cool looking cart. Work, Work, Work but have fun doing it.

Good Luck

Duggs Doggs
Good!! Good!!
Michael S. Wood

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Mark

I hope you don’t sell any “pies” from that cart! Good job!

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Robert M.

Great website for the restuarant supplies. Prices are not that bad.

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Teri (Bruter Hot Dogs)

Awesome! What an eye catcher!

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Hot Dog City

I bet all the chickens are clucking, eat more beef.

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Pocono Hot Dog

This just isn’t an Udder Story about Mooooving Hot Dogs!!!!!!!!!

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Dennis Thomas/Bada Bing Mobile Hot Dog Cart

wow–Great job–wish you lots of sucess!!!!

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Cindy W.

Bradley,
My husband and I love your cart. It is awesome. We are in the process of building one and got a lot of good ideas from your set up. Where did you get your umbrella, that is exactly what we are looking for? Best of luck!!

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Net-Hetep Ta'Nesert

EYE AB-SOUL-UTLY luv it!!!
It makes me think of the Warner Brothers Looney Tune Cartoons and that’s a wonderful thing.
Nut-thing but gigantic smiles and fond memories of my childhood flashed across my heart.

UR’ SURE 2 B A BIG SUCCESS!!!

CONGRAT’S ON YOUR NEW VENTURE…

PEACE
NET-HETEP
DALLAS, TX

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Ketch n Relish

Hey Tim and Sharon,
Thanks for the support!!! Ha I decided to go online and order the full size hot dog outfit but they wont deliver to alaska…bummer…cause the hat is just not enough….maybe looking at the beer wench hot dog slinging outfits too….why not??? anything for a sale right….well things are slow around this fishing town….but I am optimistic it will pick up….anyway hope anch is treating you both great and I will hopefully be fully SUITED when you see me next!!! Love you all hot doggers and wish I had more computer skills Id send a few pics of my crazy caroline hot dogging life….in a tiny part of rural alaska!!!
xoxox… Caroline Ketch n relish….not ketch n fire YET….

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Tim Jackson/Webedogs

Bradley, she won the “Happy Cow” for sure! Bessie is looking FINE! She brings lots of smiles and will produce a rich, creamy, delight, that will “Ring the Bell” and be udderly devine! Good luck and have fun, how “cud” u not!!!!!

Caroline,
Well we learned how mobil this cart is, can take it down in 16 minutes travel 10 minutes and have it up in 12 minutes. Did 2 gig’s in one day and have 2 planed for Thursday!!!!!! OMG we are “almost” to old for this but hey, what a ball and way toooooo much fun! That felt like graduation day!!!! :) :) Started out burning ourselves and now we can make it “bark” and roll!
Have fun and keep smiling!!!!!!! Tim and Sharon

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Bradley Jacobs

@Cindy W.
I got the umbrella at Sam’s Club in Franklin, TN. I think it was $25.

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Michael Juiliano

very cool. i have the same umbrella and it gets tons of attention. not as much attention as a cow cart. so cool! best of luck to you!

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Don

you know, the thing that grabbed me first on the photos was the simplest: Your use of lattice to box in the trailer hitch. It looks great and keeps people from falling over it.

This comes under the heading of “why the ^*$* didn’t I think of that…”

nicely done, lad.

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Wesley Croom

Just to moooowww (cool).

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mary

I want one do you build for others?

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Bradley Jacobs/Wholly Cow Hot Dogs

@Mary – Sure, we can talk. send me an email.

bradley -at- bradleyjacobs (dot) {com}

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mary

ok I am sending email now

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