Update time!

Fourth of Juplaya

There’s a completely unorganized event that happens in the same place as burning man every year at fourth of july. There’s not a whole lot of information about it, but as I understand it’s kinda like what burning man used to be. No tickets, no potties, no roads – people show up and set up camp (at least a certain distance from each other per BLM regulations) and go wild.

The plan is to get the bus to a functional state by then, drive it out there, and do a test run. We’ll make a bunch of food and find people to eat it. We’ll see if the cooling and dust mitigation systems can keep up with real playa conditions. And we’ll see what Fourth of Juplaya is actually all about. (I’ve been super curious.)

It’s going to be a maybe plan all the way up until we get the kitchen functional, which might not happen until the last minute. Fourth of July is on a Monday this year, and I have the entire week following off of work. Anyone able to come is very much invited!

Kitchen Equipment

All of the kitchen equipment is either in the warehouse or ordered! This weekend I ordered the freezer, sink, stock pot burner, and steam table from a local restaurant supplier (Pittman’s). We got the good stuff on all those – the freezer is a True T-12F. Should be amazingly reliable for us. Sink is three 18″x18″ wells.

I’ve attached the final floor plan for the bus. Stuff might move around by a few inches, but this is what we’re doing. The vegetable and hand washing sinks are an “eventually” plan – we’d need them to meet portland health code. They’ll be pretty basic sinks that drop into the countertops, and we’ll make some covers for them so that when they’re not in use the space will revert to countertop again.

The Bus

We’ve pulled out everything inside the bus and we’re almost finished getting out the old vinyl flooring. Right now I’m looking into getting truck bed liner sprayed in for our floor. I’m also doing research on generators, propane tanks, water tanks, and swamp coolers.

For Juplaya I’m hoping to have all of the kitchen equipment installed and functioning, but no countertops (we can use tables temporarily). We’ll have the swamp cooler and vent hood set up so we can see how the air flow and cooling is working. We’ll have propane, water, and electric systems all installed and functioning. We won’t have any sort of table/booth inside. It won’t be pretty at all. We probably won’t have the new stairs built.