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Now and again the British summer may allow us to eat and entertain outside. So why not grab the opportunity with both hands and treat family and friends to a barbecue. Nathan James Dodd explains what to look for when you are choosing one.
As with most garden equipment, the choice of barbecue can be confusing and your final decision will be based on factors such as how much use, what type of use, cooking method and your budget, in addition to colour, size, ease of use and running costs.
These models use charcoal briquettes or heat beads that provide a more constant heat, or lumpwood that can attain high temperatures and doesn't contain any charcoal additives
Gas or Electric Barbecues
These will run on bottled propane gas or mains electricity
Masonry Barbecues can be made from a variety of stone and metal including granite and copper and can run on a variety of fuel. They are semi-permanent and can act as garden focal points as well as patio heaters. Because of their construction, masonry barbecues can be left permanently outside and are designed to be attractive garden features.
Built-in Barbecues offer value for money and adaptability as they can be placed on a variety of
surfaces for example bricks, slabs or concrete. Normally constructed from stainless steel, the
latest technology can offer results comparable to full size barbecues.
Features to look out for:
This is an indication as to how large the barbecue needs to be for different numbers of people:
up to 1800 sq cms cooking area will cater for 4 people
2000 – 2500 sq cms will be adequate for 6 people
over 2500 sq cms will be required for 8 people
(Warming racks will enable these numbers to be increased)
You will need a few accessories to ensure food can be served quickly and with minimum fuss.
Other optional extras allow you to increase the range of food that can be cooked.
Barbeque Tool Set including spatula, tongs and a fork
Rotisserie that turns the barbecue into a spit roast
Digital Thermometer to ensure the meat is cooked right through to the correct temperature
Kebab Skewer Set
Grill basket to collect small pieces of food
Burger Press to create authentic burgers
Cover – a tight fitting cover to keep out rain, wind and snow
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