The Babington Silent Griddle was designed as part of the larger Disaster Response Mobile Kitchen Trailer (DRMKT) development effort. This effort to increase personnel comfort resulted in technological advancements never before seen in diesel fired, military cooking equipment.
The Babington Silent Griddle embodies these advancements and is a key appliance in the DRMKT. In addition to the DRMKT, the silent griddle is integral to the Babington A-Ration capability Pallet; another ongoing developmental effort intended to augment the Air Force Single Pallet Expeditionary Kitchen.
At nearly 4-feet in length, the silent griddle provides company level grilling capability, without the attendant noise and excess heat associated with iron-mike type griddles. Iron Mike griddles consist of a steel or aluminum grilling plate, heated by one or more open flame burner units. Commercial griddles, available from a variety of manufacturers, normally operate on gas or electricity. In a military environment, natural gas is not available. Electric griddles require an inordinate amount of generator support.
The Babington Silent Griddle utilizes the same Airtronic burner used in all Babington military appliances. This provides the military cook a silent griddle that operates on the same battlefield fuel as other feeding systems, and requires a minimum of electrical power. In fact, the Babington Silent Griddle is so energy efficient, that nearly 40 of them can operate on the same electrical draw as one similarly sized, commercial electric griddle.
Griddles are used to prepare a variety of menu items. Some examples include scrambled eggs, hamburgers and hot dogs, steak, bacon and eggs, French toast, pancakes and the ever popular, Babington Reuben Sandwich.
The Babington Silent Griddle offers:
- Uniform heat over the entire cooking surface.
- Rounded corners to facilitate easy cleaning.
- Single switch, intuitive operation.
- LED controls with dual readouts display target and actual griddle temperatures.
- Convenient grease trough with removable waste drawer.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Cool-touch front cabinetry to protect cooks from accidental burns.
- All construction and materials meet NSF Standards.
The Babington Silent Griddle can operate at very low warming temperatures to a high of 450 degrees for grilling and searing of meats. Most grilling type applications require a cooking temperature of about 350 degrees.
Fresh Food Preparation. A great variety of fresh prepared menu items can be prepared in the Babington Silent Griddle. Simply follow the directions of the recipe. Preheat the griddle to the desired cooking temperature and then proceed with the food preparation. Observe the LED Display frequently to monitor actual cooking temperatures and adjust accordingly. Grilling, sautéing and stir frying can all be easily performed on the Silent Griddle. Use it as you would any commercial griddle.
Burner System. The Silent Griddle comes with a Babington Airtronic burner with the capacity to heat the griddle to any target temperature up to 450 degrees. The burner is installed beneath the cooking surface and behind the front panel of the insulated and sound-proofed cabinetry. The burner is mounted in the same fashion as all Babington military appliances. As such, it is capable of being quickly and easily removed for maintenance or replacement. The Airtronic burner meets Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Standard No. 296.
Fuel Utilization and Consumption.The Airtronic burner is self-priming and operates on the complete family of distillate fuels. These include, but are not limited to, DF1, DF2, arctic, and JP8 diesel fuels. The Airtronic burner has a variable firing of .2 gph - .6 gph. Adjusting the firing rate is accomplished with a single screw-type mechanism. No parts changes are required. The high efficiency heat exchanger in the Silent Griddle allows a medium burner setting (about .40 gph) to satisfy all cooking requirements.
Electrical Control Box. The electrical control box is waterproof and contains a single knob to turn on and set the desired cooking temperature. Two LED panels indicate desired temperature and actual temperature.
Voltage and Current. The Silent Griddle operates on 120 VAC, 50/60Hz, with a maximum current draw of about 150 watts.
Safety. The Silent Griddle is safe to operate. Because it is silent, caution must be exercised to avoid unintentional operation. Monitor cooking temperatures closely to avoid accidental overheating and scorching.
Noise. The Silent Griddle does not produce measurable noise when operating.
Weight. The weight of the Silent Griddle is: 781 pounds.
Height. The Silent Griddle appliance is 36-inches. Allow six additional inches for castors.
Materials. The Silent Griddle is made from corrosion resistant, food grade stainless steel. Materials used meet food contact surface requirements for the griddle surface, as specified in NSF International Standard No. 51, See Chapter 4, section VI, TB MED 530. All outside surfaces of the Silent Griddle are easily cleanable.
Electrical Wiring. Electrical wiring in the Silent Griddle conforms to the requirements of UL Standard No. 62, and is arranged, supported, and marked to allow identification with the wiring diagram.
Maintainability and Repairability. Routine maintenance and repair of the Silent Griddle requires only standard hand tools. All electrical and control elements are conveniently located to offer ease of accessibility.
Identification Plate. An identification plate, made of corrosion resistant material, is permanently attached to the outside of the unit. The plate includes the manufacturer’s name, contract number, date of manufacture, and the Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code number.
Caution Labels. A caution label containing the words “CAUTION- MAY BE HOT” is securely attached to a readily visible location near the exhaust port of the Silent Griddle. An additional warning label cautions against the use of gasoline as a fuel and is visible at the fuel inlet port of the unit.
Welding. All welding performed in the manufacture of the Silent Griddle is in accordance with the requirements of AWS Standard No. D1.6.
Operating temperatures. The Silent Griddle is operable and functional at ambient temperatures of 50°F to + 120°F.
Altitude. The Silent griddle is operable at altitudes up to 8,000 feet above sea level with proper air mixture adjustment.
Rain. The Silent Griddle is operable after being exposed to rain.
Corrosion. The Silent Griddle is made of high grade stainless steel. As such, it should suffer no penetrating corrosion, deterioration, clogging or binding of moving parts, or change in tolerance limits on any internal or external parts when exposed to a corrosive environment.
Vibration. The Silent Griddle will remain operable after being subjected to vibration.
Fuel Line. A fuel line hose with drip resistant quick disconnects at both ends is designed to be attached between the fuel can and the appliance. The fuel can adapter is permanently vented so that the fuel pump in the burner will properly draw fuel from the fuel can. The supply side line contains a transparent, plastic, vehicle type, in-line fuel filter that can be easily replaced using a flat tip screwdriver. The length of the fuel line is 12.5 feet long, allowing placement of the fuel can at a safe distance from food or hot surfaces.Power Cord. The silent griddle is equipped with a fuel and water resistant, 16 gauge, 3-wire, 12-foot long power cord. The cord is capable of supplying sufficient power to operate the Silent Griddle and conforms to UL Standard No. 62; and flame resistance requirements of MSHA, Title 30, Part 18, Section 18.64, Part 7, and Subpart K, Section 7.407.