From the archives

Irish plumbers

11 September, 2008: Greg Vaughn of Vaughn Plumbing helped me install the gas system. I think he did a great job, and once I track down the right regulator, we're ready to pop a fryer, and possibly another appliance in there. Read More

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Latest truck design

10 September, 2008: Awning (click link for movie) John and Jinhee have been working overtime to realize our ambitions for the truck in very short timeframe we're working against. John and I met up yesterday and after having doubts about our ability to pull off the transforming awning design, I'm really excited about the latest take. Read More

From the archives

Henny Penny fryer

10 September, 2008: A friend turned me on to Henny Penny fryers. They make normal fryers, but specialize in "pressure fryers." These were developed primarily for fried chicken, and supposedly they do wonders for that. But they have other qualities that caught my interest: 30% lower fuel consumption 10-20% less grease on food More moisture and flavor retained in the… Read More

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A solution to Home Depot runs

10 September, 2008: You've found yourself stuck in the trap: you've got some sort of little project, and you find you're spending more time driving back and forth to Home Depot than working. Well, I'm sure some of you have a level of experience and planning that allows you to get it right the first time, I don't. So I… Read More

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Tent poles

8 September, 2008: I've been talking to John and Jinhee (Single Speed Design) about awning designs. I've long loved the way simple tents look (see above), and we're looking at these as possible references. Tetsuya Ohara, who leads up technical fabric and materials at Patagonia is kindly offering us advice. Tetsuya used to work for a sail maker, which is another source… Read More

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WARNING: This is going to be a boring post

5 September, 2008: ... but if I don't write it down I'll forget everything. And I know this will be useful to others someday. I was always skeptical when people said things like "you're going to have to deal with licensing" as though it was a huge hurdle. I was wrong. Here's a summary of the city and state licensing… Read More

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LP tank installed

4 September, 2008: I've been having trouble with parking this week. Last week the truck was getting the ventilation installed. Next week the body work will take place. This week I'm babysitting. So I decided to pull into the Home Depot parking lot this morning and install the LP gas tank. I figured I had everything I needed (generator, etc.) and could… Read More

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Next step in the evolution of Clover packaging

29 March, 2013: This picture is what is left when I finish my sandwich from Clover. 2008: When we launched the MIT in 2008 with the goal of testing and developing our food our goal for packaging was simple: hold the food and not cost much. We made decisions like one size coffee cup which helped simplify things on the… Read More

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This truck is vegetable powered

3 September, 2008:   For those interested in the details, here's a quick summary of how these vegetable oil conversions work. Apparently the diesel engine can run on vegetable oil just fine, so long as it is (A) the right temperature (~150°F), and (B) doesn't contain water or particles. It seems that (B) has more of an impact on the… Read More

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Running on oil

3 September, 2008: Today I drove the truck down to Walpole, MA to meet with Mark at SVOlink (formerly alt energy oasis, www.svolink.com). Mark used to do vegetable oil conversions of diesel engines and now focuses on processing and selling vegetable oil. He took the time to show me his box truck conversion, his processing facility, and talk me through… Read More

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New banner for blog

2 September, 2008: So this is still a stand-in for the real logo for the food lab, but I'm sort of digging the lettering on the truck. John Hong (SSD) was commenting on how it's sort of a neat effect, and I think I'm liking it too. Possible direction for the type for the food lab? I like that it… Read More

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3 types of step van rear doors

1 September, 2008: I've done a ton of research into step vans. Over the coming week I'm going to post it here for all you curious about Grumman, Utilimaster, and P-30s. Getting us started I thought I'd put up a quick note on types of rear doors I've seen. We're trying to decide how best to treat the back of… Read More

From the archives

Antony

23 June, 2010: This is Antony. He was our last dinner customer of the night last night. And as far as I know, he is our most shining example of a successful pre-order. Nearly every day, Antony comes by for breakfast, and while he's at the truck, he pre-pays for his lunch order - one chickpea fritter and rosemary fries.… Read More

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Meeting with Single Speed Design

1 September, 2008: I met with Jinhee and John of Single Speed Designs today. Phil, who is going to handle the design/build joined us as well. It was a ton of fun. I talked too much, gave a tour of the truck, and asked some questions. John and Jinhee showed me some of the ideas they have been working through.… Read More