To help you on your journey to purchasing a new BBQ, here are some handy tips when you’re considering the many options.
Tips For Choosing Your New BBQ
Size. First of all, you need to decide what size BBQ you are looking for. This will be determined mostly by the space that you have available, but also the cooking capacity that suits your needs. If you only have a small balcony or outdoor area then perhaps a round kettle-style BBQ is more suitable, as they can fit comfortably in small spaces. Popular models include the Weber Q range, which are very compact and portable. Otherwise there are the larger grill style BBQs that range anywhere from two up to eight burners, giving you the ability to cook for a very large group. Beefeater is one of the most popular brands, as well as Masport.
Cooking surface. There are two main types of cooking surfaces: grill and flat-plate. These are used for cooking different types of food, and having both surfaces on your new barbecue definitely adds versatility. However depending upon the size of BBQ that you choose you may have to choose between the two. The smaller barbecues tend to have the flat plate style, however some have options to convert to a grill style when required. The larger BBQs will often have both cooking surfaces.
Type of gas. The majority of barbecues available on the market today are fuelled by gas. You can still buy some charcoal fuelled barbecues, however they are much less common. When it comes to selecting a BBQ, you need to be aware of the type of gas that it requires. This is going to be either liquid propane gas (LPG) or natural gas. The main difference between the two is how the gas is connected to your BBQ. Liquid propane gas (or LPG) comes in a tank which is connected to the BBQ, and will need to be refilled when it is empty. Natural gas on the other hand is often hooked up to a constant supply, meaning that you won’t have to refill anything. The downside is that not every home has natural gas connected, so if you don’t then you’ll need to stick with LPG.
Warranties. Every manufacturer will have a slightly different warranty offer, however the best will have limited lifetime warranties that cover mechanical failures. While this may not be the overriding factor in your decision making process, it is important to consider the differences between manufacturers to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
If you’re looking to buy a brand new BBQ, get in touch with us today at one of our three Gold Coast stores and speak to one of our friendly staff. Or come visit us at our new online store for added convenience.