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BBQ

Barbecues

Enjoy the summer weather and make the most of outdoor living with a barbecue.

This guide will help you choose the right one for your space, and offer tips on how to use, clean and store it safely. We also offer a pre-delivery assembly service for many of our barbecues  - find out more.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

How often are you using it?

If you:

Plan to use your barbecue regularly

Then consider investing a bit more in a model that will last you longer, and comes with a lengthier warranty.
 

If you:

Plan to use your barbecue occasionally

Then consider a cheaper portable barbecue because they’re:

  • Ideal for smaller outdoor spaces
  • Usually lightweight and easy to clean

How many are you cooking for?

Every barbecue has a cooking area which is measured in square centimetres (cm²). As a rough guide:

  • Up to 4 people: you'll need a smaller cooking area (up to 1800cm²)
  • Up to 6 people: a larger area of 2000cm² to 2500cm² is enough
  • Up to 8 people: the largest gas barbecues (over 2500cm²) will be enough

TYPES OF BARBECUE

Gas barbecues

  • Simple, push-button ignition provides an instant flame so you can start cooking in about 10 minutes
  • Feature flavouriser bars above the burners, which heat up the same way as charcoal but can be regulated the same way as a cooker
  • Easier to cook food more evenly, with less risk of burning
  • Low maintenance, with  minimal cleaning and no charcoal ash to dispose of
  • On some models, multiple burners make it possible to cook at different temperatures – ideal if you're cooking different foods
  • Other cooking options include side burners (useful for sauces or vegetables) and warming racks that are great for garlic bread, and keeping batches of grilled food warm
BBQ_GAS

Gas for barbecues is usually propane (sometimes called "patio gas") and is supplied in a red cylinder; please note that we don't sell gas bottles

  • When you first buy, it's usual to pay a deposit or hire charge for the cylinder as well as for the gas
  • When it's empty, it can be exchanged for a full one, and you just pay for the gas
  • Larger cylinders are also available, and these would be more suitable for the bigger gas barbecues with three burners.

All our gas barbecues are equipped with a regulator, which attaches from the hose to the gas bottle and regulates the gas pressure.

Tip

Calor Gas will deliver from a local stockist in your area for a small charge. Alternatively, look up 'Bottled Gas' in a directory or online.

Charcoal barbecues

  • Heat from glowing embers gives food a classic barbecued appearance
  • On most models, adjust the heat by simply raising or lowering the grill
  • Relatively easy to light and burns cleanly
  • Some models feature a one-touch cleaning system and removable ash-catcher which makes cleaning up much easier
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FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR

Grills

  • Chrome plated: looks smart, but take care to clean thoroughly after use
  • Stainless steel: easy to clean and maintain, and more durable than chrome-plated grills
  • Cast iron: excellent heat source, as they hold the heat well. Wipe the grill with cooking oil before and after use, to help prevent rust
  • Porcelain-coated: easy to clean, and the coating stops rust. This type is found on top-of-the-range models. Some models are equipped with 'flavouriser' bars, which help create a smoky taste when hot juices and fats drop down from the grill

Lids and hoods

Kettle barbecue lids can act as windbreaks, as well as a roasting hood.

  • When the lid is closed, it deflects the heat and smoke more evenly around the food
  • Some hoods also incorporate a thermometer to check you're cooking the meat at the right temperature
  • 3+ burner models are best for roasting as you can turn off the middle burner to avoid burning the meat before it's cooked through
  • If you leave the lid or hood open, the barbecue will grill as normal

Griddles

A griddle is a solid metal plate to use with foods which might otherwise fall through the grill – like eggs for an all-day breakfast. Some models have this as well as a grill.

BBQ Accessories

YOUR BARBECUE CHECKLIST

  • A barbecue tool set which usually comprises tongs, fork and a spatula
  • A grill basket will stop smaller pieces of food such as vegetables falling through the grill, and makes grilled food easier to turn
  • An apron to protect yourself from spitting fat
  • For your charcoal barbecue, a chimney starter is ideal – just fill with the required charcoal and light for a quick and safe way to prepare charcoal for cooking

ASSEMBLING AND POSITIONING

  • Assemble your barbecue as close as possible to where you'll use it
  • Choose a level surface away from combustibles such as plants and fencing
  • Always find a sheltered position if windy
  • Check all the components are present, and take a look at the manufacturer's instructions

OUR INSTALLATION SERVICE

Need a hand? We can also pre-assemble your barbecue before we deliver it.

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CLEANING & STORAGE

Charcoal

  • Once cold, remove the grill rack and scrub off any residue with a wire brush
  • Wash with a soapy scouring pad and dry
  • Remove the cold ashes from the grate and brush it out
  • Clean the rest of the barbecue with an oven cleaner to get rid of any accumulated grease and dirt
  • Rinse thoroughly

Gas

  • Always clean the rack, lid, drip trays and gas burners before putting away
  • Turn on the gas and heat the flavouriser bars for a time and clean when just warm
  • Before you put your barbecue away, wash the outside with hot soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly
  • We sell tailored covers for most of our barbecues which will prolong their life even when kept outdoors