"8020" Kitchen Module, first time use..

BorealOverland

Active member
He guys!
Last weekend i finally had the chance to use and test the kitchen module i made some time ago.
(Build here: https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/diy-kitchen-module-from-aluminum-extrusions-8020.219492/)

The kitchen module is basically just a frame out of aluminum extrusion with 2 drawers made from
euro style (60x40 centimeters) storage boxes and a fixed top box that houses the Primus two burner stove.
The top box is covered by a aluminum lit that serves as a table surface when placed on one of the two drawers.
As basic as it is it took me some time building it..
Plywood would have been cheaper and maybe a bit more simple to build,
but i like the overall look of the aluminum extrusions and the plastic PP drawers are lightweight and saved me building drawers myself.
For now the module sits on top of the tailgate and that works ok but i would like to build a slide out platform
for it in the near future.

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I used netting on the sides and back of the module, to hold the gas kanister, paper towels and so on..
My DIY 105AH LifePo4 pack kept the drone alive and my mate's new frigde running like a champ.
(Build here: https://expeditionportal.com/forum/...-mppt-battery-protect-and-smart-sence.217571/)

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The aluminum lit worked great as a table / prep surface.. as long as you don't need to get stuff out of the drawers it sits on every 5 minutes. I only store my pots and pans in the bottom drawer, al the good things
in life like my coffee are in the top drawer!

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I really liked the way it worked this first weekend of use..
So much better than diving into my old alubox (first pic. bottom left) every time i need something to cook with or make coffee, something like 2 simple drawers make a big difference in the ease of use.

Next project: a slide out platform for the kitchen module

Cheers!
Steve.
 

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BorealOverland

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I would love to find some of the storage trays you used for drawers.
Hi, they are made in Germany by:


I don't know if they ship to the US, could get expensive..
I use a lot of them in my workshop and they are very popular as storage containers for camper vans in Germany.
Lightweight and very strong, i like them a lot!
 
Thanks for the link to those containers. I have found some from a U.S based source that might be a good alternative.
I like these straight wall containers and lids. Would need some type of divider system as they do not off any for these.

These containers offer dividers but the lids would be an inconvenience as they wrap around the outside edge.
 

BorealOverland

Active member
Thanks for the link to those containers. I have found some from a U.S based source that might be a good alternative.
I like these straight wall containers and lids. Would need some type of divider system as they do not off any for these.

These containers offer dividers but the lids would be an inconvenience as they wrap around the outside edge.
These look like a great alternative indeed!
I need to get some dividers myself..
 

BCRanger

New member
Just looking at these Uline supplied boxes, they are available in Canada online with fast shipping. ULLine has extrusions too so one stop shopping for me. The Alu-Boxes are sexy as hell but I don't think I can justify a purchase to my wife based on aesthetics / cool factor.

I had a thought about the straight side walls, my guess is that the reason so many solutions are tapered has more to do with distribution needs of manufactures than anything else. Imagine having to manufacture and ship these things, given that volume and warehouse space is a major component of cost and boxes have the highest ratio of value to empty space!
 
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