The Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer
The World's Most Advanced Mobile Kitchen
For over 25 years, Babington has been providing heat-on-the-move food service equipment that meets and exceeds the U.S. Military's mandates for efficiency, reliability and safety.
We now proudly introduce the latest in field-feeding innovation – the Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer (DRMKT).
The Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer (DRMKT) is designed to support the first responder's primary mission – reacting quickly to contingency disasters. Food cooked and served rapidly to the needy and hungry is morale-boosting and a key logistical component of any first response.
Rapidly deployable. Our free-standing mobile kitchen is ready for C-130 transport, built to be pulled by a standard heavy-duty pickup, and designed for fast setup and shutdown.
Extremely flexible, the DRMKT supports virtually any field-feeding scenario, from quickly prepared boil-in-the-bag meals to restaurant-quality meals for up to 1,000 people in under 90 minutes.
- Rapidly deployable to any emergency – built for loading onto a C-130 and pulling by a standard heavy-duty pickup
- Capable of preparing the entire family of Unitized Group Rations, cook-chilled, boil-in-the-bag products, and virtually any type of fresh food.
- Easy-to-use, fast setup and shutdown
- Safe and reliable – burner technology has been fielded for over 25 years in some of the harshest conditions
- Burns any type of distillate fuel (JP-8, for example) cleanly and efficiently
- Capable of feeding up to 1,000 people in less than 90 minutes
- 23-cubic foot reach-in refrigerator
- Quiet, 4-foot griddle with uniform dial-in surface temperature
- Quiet 10.3 cu. ft. double-door convection oven that accommodates six commercial (26'' x 18") pans with interior strip lighting to illuminate all six shelves
- Quiet, 15-gallon stockpot heating module
- White-powder-coated aluminum ceiling with flush-mounted fluorescent lights
- Stainless steel internal sidewalls and base cabinets
- Pullout trash compartment underneath prep table
- Three-sink sanitation system – also serves as a secondary tray ration heater
- Hand-washing station with automatic (infrared) faucet
- 110-gallon gray water holding tank underneath sink assembly
- Tray Ration Heating System
- 50-gallon potable water tank with a 25-gallon reserve
- Stainless steel internal sidewall and base cabinets, seamless construction eliminates cracks and crevices for easy cleanup
- Insulated and heated food storage cabinets
- Computer information system with touch screen
- No exposed conduits or electrical wiring
The Babington Airtronic Burner
At the heart of every DRMKT appliance, the Tray Ration Heater, Silent Griddle, Stockpot, Convection Oven, and Field Sanitation Unit), lies the Babington Airtronic Burner – the world's cleanest, and most energy-efficient distillate fuel burner.
No smoke, no odor, no carbon monoxide
The Babington Airtronic burner stands alone in its ability to burn any distillate fuel or JP-8 cleanly and efficiently, without smoke, odor, or carbon monoxide – from startup to shutdown. It is the only burner that can satisfy the military's mandated clean combustion requirements. Generating fewer than 5 parts per million (ppm) of carbon monoxide (CO) the Babington Airtronic is well within OSHAs limit of 50 ppm in closed rooms. No other burner technology even comes close.
No heat buildup in kitchen, no noise
The DRMKT's closed burner combustion system completely eliminates dangerous levels of heat buildup, exhaust fumes, and noise. Patented heat exchangers, insulation, and ventilation mean a comfortable, noise-free environment for cooks and servers.
Why distillate fuel, such as diesel and JP-8?
It's simple, really. The U.S. Military requires all its field systems operate on JP-8, one type of distillate fuel, otherwise known as diesel.
The Babington Airtronic was designed to burn diesel and other distillate fuels cleanly and efficiently. When burned in a Babington Airtronic burner, the heat produced is free of smoke, soot, and carbon monoxide and is produced with a minimum of electrical power. In fact, the entire DRMKT, with its tray ration heater, griddle, convection oven, sanitation system, refrigerator, air exchange fans, air curtains, lights and computer system operates on less than 2,500 watts of power. This is about one-tenth the power required to operate a single commercial electric griddle.
Comparison to other options:
Distillate vs. Propane
- Safer than propane which poses explosion and fire risks
- Propane storage requires high pressure tanks
- Propane is 33% less efficient than distillate fuels
- Restrictions on travel through tunnels and bridges
Distillate vs. electric:
- Emergency situations can render external or utility services unavailable
- Military goes where no utility services are available
- Energy-inefficient vs distillate
- Very large generator requires separate vehicle to tow and additional personnel to operate
- Noise level of built-in or external generator can reduce morale
Someone has to cook the food and this task alone is riddled with logistics and safety challenges. We know many cooks who have experienced the harsh challenges of field feeding first hand. Several of them have worked in our DRMKT. We feel it is important to share the differences in their experiences in both environments, in order to contrast the features and benefits to DRMKT.
In contrast to today's military field cooking appliances, which present hot and uncomfortable environments in which to work, the Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer closed combustion burner and exhaust system completely eliminates these problems. With patented heat exchangers, insulation and ventilation, each appliance's burner flame is hidden, noise is stifled, and heat and fuel exhaust are channeled directly to the outside of the kitchen. These enormous advancements offer a healthy, comfortable and safe environment in which to work.
Basic field cooking is easier and faster in the DRMKT. The set-up time in today's military field and container kitchens range from 45 minutes to well over three hours. By contrast, the DRMKT is ready to operate within minutes of arrival at any feeding location. Appliances can even be preheated en route so they are ready for use by the time the DRMKT reaches its destination. The DRMKT's tray ration heater is capable of heating 24 military tray packs while the DRMKT is on the move. This combination of capabilities enables cooks to serve up to 250 hot tray pack meals immediately upon arrival while simultaneously preparing and cooking the next hot meal comprise of fresh food. Cleanup time is minimal and packing up to head to the next location only requires rolling up the awning and closing the back of the trailer. It's that simple!