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Vendor Recommendations / Re: Magnetic Paper Towel Holder $9.99
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:48:02 PM »

Yep, Mine's a Big Dog cart from Ben's Carts too - won't stick unless you put something behind the metal. You can use the large shop magnets.  I used mine on a metal cart that I used to build into a separate hand-wash sink like those at

Hot Dog Vendors / Gourmet Hotdog Recipes with Pictures!
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:09:04 AM »
Hey Slingers!

Thanks to Zombiedogs for the topic of this thread!
This thread is for anyone who wants to share Gourmet Hotdog Recipes -With Pictures if you like! Anything that is "other that the common dog" What sales for you, and what geographical area are you in?
My " Sweet Home Alabama" dog is an all beef chili dog covered in provolone cheese, sweet BBQ sauce, and Coca-Cola onions!

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: How Cold is Too Cold????
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:52:02 AM »
I can take some pretty cold weather personally. My problem is that I have had water lines freeze. Both my faucets froze. How do y'all keep that from happening? I would love to be out slinging.

First - I love the Name!!!
Sorry about the water heater - we all learn the hard way in some things. You can go to and type in freezing water lines (or probably just freeze) and you will find a Hotdog Vender Radio show where they discussed how to keep water lines from freezing. Ben suggested a type of RV food grade antifreeze to put in the lines while not in use. (I don't remember the name, sorry) Also some use a utility light hanging in the cart. and a blanket to cover the cart. I have personally used the 24 hr. hand warmers with a blanket, but you have to check to make sure they are still working- and they don't last 24 hrs. Our weather is not usually freezing for too long, so it's better that nothing in a pinch.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Did you research before getting started?
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:09:29 AM »
I'm doing some research to make the most informed and beneficial decision, and was wondering how much research did you do when starting your business and which resources did you find to be most beneficial when you were trying to find where to open your business and what things did you find helped make you get a more informed decision? I have been using SCORE and doing some on the side research online to get information like population and income for the people in the areas I am looking at as well as even looking at climate so I can work as much as possible without having the weather impact my business as possible.  So did you just decide to do this without any prior research or did you do a lot of research about the areas you were wanting to do business in before slingin your first dog?
I also did about 2 years of research before purchasing my cart and getting my feet wet in the business. I learned from the internet at first, and talked to a few venders in the area (all who were very pleasant). I also had a friend who had a cart and a regular spot in a town nearby, so I volunteered to help out for a bit. I was able to learn how to set up and operate the cart and also get an idea if I would really enjoy it as much as I thought. I ended up buying the same cart. Then a few trips to the health department (they were also very friendly and helpful). I went in prepared with questions from Ben's book Hotdogs Saved my Lifeand I think that really helped me get on the right footing with the HD. I enjoy the cart operations much more that the paperwork, but it's all part of owning a business. Hope this will help you also - sounds like you are on the right track. I wish you the best.

Ice Cream Vendors / Re: Most popular Freezers for Ice Cream Vending
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:48:56 AM »
Thanks for the link. I've seen Jason's trikes -and yes, they are a thing of beauty! Jason always does things top notch, no doubt!
Some of us are in areas that a trike is not really feasible, though, and I really would like information from those who have been at this awhile what has worked for them. Trikes, Bikes, and carts... what kind for freezers ...electric or cold plates... what do you use and why? Thank you for any and all posts.

Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 07, 2014, 08:15:19 AM »
So good so far, and I'd say that Mandelprofi is to nut roasters that Mercedes is to cars. I've owned / worked this unit hard for about 2 months now and it's been great. (My family has been roasting nuts / making pralines and baked goods for awhile and they've had a Mandelprofi floor model for several years with zero issues, (and they told me about the tabletop one), so I think in a way I may be getting back to my roots!)

~ Red
Thanks for the information, Red!
Sometimes it's good to get back to our roots! I've got nuts in my family too - but that's a different story! I guess I've discovered that winter is a good time to "go Nuts" in our line of work. Sounds like you hit on something that you are enjoying, and that is what vending is all about. Stay well and warm out here my friend.
Thank you also to jgdean for starting this thread.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: How to advertise??
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:59:54 AM »

Yeah, free is usually cheap, but not always professional! ;)

Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:03:50 AM »

Thanks so much for the link... I had no idea that company was out there, and it looks like quality machines. I got a new recipe also!How long have you had your roaster and are you happy with performance?
Hope you have a great day and thanks again for the info.

Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 05, 2014, 05:34:10 PM »

Glad you're doing well with the Gourmet nuts. Are you using an electric roaster like the Nutty Bavarian, or a wok? The smell of spicy roasted pecans AND coffee - that would get me every time! Are you still slingin'? I'm working on my cart right now - "pimpin' out my ride." Working on plumbing and adding a few accessories. I'm not hardy enough for cold weather that's coming my way anyway. Thanks for your posts, I enjoy learning about what others are doing. Sell 'em all!

Vendor Recommendations / Magnetic Paper Towel Holder $9.99
« on: January 03, 2014, 02:12:13 PM »
Found this paper towel holder at harbor freight - thought I'd share...

U.S. General #69321 Magnetic Paper Towel Holder $9.99... Sorry, I don't know how to download a picture to the forum yet.

Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 03, 2014, 01:53:44 PM »
Your Gourmet Pecans sound wonderful! I have a friend who makes them in the oven with butter and spices - man, the whole house smells amazing when they are cooking! I bet folks get hooked on those! Are you cooking them on your cart? What kind of portions do you serve? Pecans are expensive, but I see how that would be a very good seasonal item to carry. I wish you success!

General Discussion / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:23:46 AM »

Welcome to the world of self employment! Great step of faith! I'm glad that you have the support of your family since self employment is not easy, and family can (and sometimes does) make the difference in the success of the business. Do you have a cart yet - bought or home built?

Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:42:59 PM »

Did you start selling boiled peanuts yet? How are your sales?
There is a gas station in town that has a two crocks full every day - one is regular and the other is Cajun - it has become my favorite place to fill up my car! I start thinking about those boiled peanuts when my tank gets half empty!
Hope that you are having a great winter season and having success.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: How Cold is Too Cold????
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:34:08 PM »
Hey Folks!
I spent some time in Oklahoma this past week where the temp. was 50's one day and the next was 12 degrees - THAT WAS WAY TOO COLD! Mainly wind chill... crazy to be slingin' in something that c-c-c-cold! Don't know how some of you folks do it, My hat's off to anyone north of the Florida state line who is still slingin' this time of year. SELL 'EM ALL!!!

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Lemonade
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:23:59 PM »

You can find everything that you need to know about Lemonade from Jeff at:
He sells a pneumatic smasher for a good price, and has excellent customer service.

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