What size BBQ do I need?
Every barbecue has a cooking area which is measured in square centimetres (cm²).
|Family Size||Cooking area|
|Up to 4 people||Up to 1800cm²|
|Up to 6 people||Up to 2000cm²|
|Up to 8 people||2500cm² and over|
Chrome and stainless steel are the most common grill racks, although steel is easier to look after and more durable. Cast iron holds heat very well, but will require more care. Porcelain-coated grills are found on more expensive models.
If choosing a charcoal barbecue, having a lid with air vents will help you control the temperature. The heat will reduce if no new air can get in, but will rise if you open the vents.
A griddling area provides a place to fry, braise or sauté items that would fall through a grill, such as eggs, small vegetables or prawns.
Gas barbecues sometimes come with additional side burners, which are useful for cooking extras and keeping foods warm.
Many barbecues provide space for you to keep food warm while it waits to be served.
Ash collectors and fat drip trays
These catch the ash and fat generated by cooking, so you can easily get rid of it without cleaning the base of your barbecue.
Barbecues are for outdoor use only. Never use them in enclosed spaces such as buildings, garages or tents, as toxic fumes will build up and cause injury or even death.
Care and maintenance
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