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Hey all! I'm just about to start my mobile coffee van business and I suddenly thought - what about when things start to get freezing outside?

My van will be kept on my driveway overnight so it will certainly get exposed to the cold.

I have a Fracino Contempo 2 Group Semi Auto Dual Fuel espresso machine connected to a pump/water softner unit and water tanks. Clearly, at the end of the day, I will be emptying the water tanks, but should I switch the gas off and then let the coffee machine run dry to avoid all the little pipes freezing? Or would this cause more damage to my coffee machine? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Jim

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1 hour ago, Jim H said:

Hey all! I'm just about to start my mobile coffee van business and I suddenly thought - what about when things start to get freezing outside?

My van will be kept on my driveway overnight so it will certainly get exposed to the cold.

I have a Fracino Contempo 2 Group Semi Auto Dual Fuel espresso machine connected to a pump/water softner unit and water tanks. Clearly, at the end of the day, I will be emptying the water tanks, but should I switch the gas off and then let the coffee machine run dry to avoid all the little pipes freezing? Or would this cause more damage to my coffee machine? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Jim

Can you run a cable out to the van from your home?

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I was going to suggest one of those small electric greenhouse heaters. But even laying a thick blanket over something can be sufficient, depending on the temperature reached, of course.

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@Blaven I'm getting an external electrical socket fitted to the outside of the house soon. Are you thinking of throwing a heater in there?Could be a good idea. Mind you, I'd need to sell a lot more coffee to cover the electricity bill 😆

@MildredMHmm, yes, I could certainly wrap some of the pipes and cover the machine with a blanket. It's got to help a bit, right = ) Do you know if greenhouse heaters are expensive to run?

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1 minute ago, Jim H said:

@Blaven I'm getting an external electrical socket fitted to the outside of the house soon. Are you thinking of throwing a heater in there?Could be a good idea. Mind you, I'd need to sell a lot more coffee to cover the electricity bill 😆

@MildredMHmm, yes, I could certainly wrap some of the pipes and cover the machine with a blanket. It's got to help a bit, right = ) Do you know if greenhouse heaters are expensive to run?

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40 Watts won’t break the bank. Cheaper than your livelihood being compromised by equipment malfunction. We have them in my wife’s wardrobe. Stops her shoe collection going mouldy!

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1 hour ago, Blaven said:

40 Watts won’t break the bank. Cheaper than your livelihood being compromised by equipment malfunction. We have them in my wife’s wardrobe. Stops her shoe collection going mouldy!

Don’t forget to unplug before you drive off!

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Get a motorcycle cover?
A hot water tank jacket would work better due to it's insulation properties.
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Laissez les bons temps rouler

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