Even though summer’s been here for a while now, it’s not too late to start thinking about hosting a BBQ or two. But with disposable BBQs becoming a quick an easy fix for weekend dining, there are a few more options than used to be the case. Here are a few tips about the different types of BBQs on the market to help you decide which one to go for.
First of all, you should consider whether you want to make a long-term investment in your BBQ or whether you’d prefer to go for a disposable option. Recent years have seen the popularity of the disposable BBQ rocket as a more flexible, low-cost alternative during the recession. Even across the Atlantic, the UK has seen a big rise in disposable sales, thanks to the surprise heatwave enjoyed there this summer.
When it comes to which type of BBQ to choose, both have their perks. Obviously a disposable BBQ is easy to clean up after, quick to heat and, if you’re only looking to BBQ as a one-off, much cheaper than buying something permanent. They’re also portable, which is great if you’re hoping to BBQ on the beach, or if you’re heading out camping and want an easy way to heat food.
Most disposables come with a lighter paper that gets them going pretty quickly and they’ll usually burn for up to an hour. They also need to be set up on the ground as they’ll mark any surface they’re placed on. You need to be extra careful with kids around, and keep them well back from the cook area as the whole tray heats to a high level. When you’re finished with the BBQ, be sure to let it cool properly before you throw it away – the last thing you want is a fire in the bin!
When purchasing a permanent BBQ, you’ll have to decide between gas, electric and charcoal. Gas and electric heat up much quicker, but some people are convinced you can get a more authentic taste from a charcoal burner. With all three, you need to consider the extra costs to be incurred – gas canisters can be pricey as can top up bags of charcoal. However, once bought, you don’t need to worry about spending money on the BBQ itself and over time, these can work out as better value for money, particularly if you’re a frequent garden-griller in the summertime!
Really it’s about finding the right product to suit your needs, but if you’re going permanent, make an investment in something you know will last and be a valuable addition to your garden area. For the holiday crowd, or anyone who lives in the city without access to outdoor space, it may be smarter to go disposable for the time being.