We have organised a list of frequently asked questions and factors to consider for making your BBQ selection easier.
At BBQ’s R US, there are always specialist staff on hand to help you make the right decision.
There are several important things to consider and questions to ask.
We have an extensive range of BBQ’s and accessories which allows great flexibility to create the best BBQ for your cooking needs.
These days a BBQ is considered an extension of your kitchen, and should ideally be located near the main cooking area.
You’ll probably be surprised how much use it will get.
Remember that the price of the BBQ will determine quality, performance and longevity.
Cast Iron is used in most BBQ’s these days, with a wide range of qualities available.
- Premium cast iron surfaces can be coated in a non-rust ceramic finish that prevents rust and is easier to clean.
- Stainless steel cooking surfaces are also available. In many of today’s new models the grill is made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is ideal if your BBQ is to be situated near the beach, as the stainless steel finish will resist rusting and erosion due to the salty atmosphere to the greatest degree.
The grill is designed for cooking steaks, kebabs and other meats.
It cooks food directly over the BBQ rock or flame tamer, allowing juices to fall onto the rock or flame tamer, which then smokes and flares up giving your food a distinct barbecue flavour.
Food cooked in this way is low in fat content and is the healthiest option.
The hot plate is ideal for cooking foods that would fall through the grill, such as eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms.
The baking dish is for cooking marinated foods or even for roasting potatoes. It can be used as a warmer or even just for cooking sausages if you run out of room on your hotplate.
The portable model is by far the most popular as it offers greater flexibility.
However, built in models can look great on paved areas and complement your entertaining area.
Also, as more and more people are integrating the BBQ as an extension of the kitchen, a new range of BBQs called Outdoor Kitchen BBQs are becoming increasingly popular.
These Outdoor Kitchens can incorporate sinks and fridges into the cabinet to make the ultimate outdoor cooking area.
Whether you purchase a portable, built in, or Outdoor Kitchen BBQ depends on personal choice and budget.
Natural Gas is the best option as it provides an inexhaustible, economical gas supply.
The new, flexible natural gas hose allows the BBQ greater flexibility of movement.
Natural Gas BBQ’s are only available from specialist retailers and require conversion of the BBQ injectors, so make sure you advise your salesperson you want natural gas injectors.
Alternatively, there is bottled gas. This is easy to fit but requires regular refilling.
The preferred cylinder sizes are the 4.5kg and the 9kg. The 9kg is the most economically viable in the long run as it requires less refilling.
There are several types of ignition systems: the push button and rotary piezo ignition systems as well as the new battery powered rapid-fire ignition system.
The latter is the best; with a simple touch of a button, the burner will light instantly.
If you are apprehensive about lighting BBQ’s, you will appreciate this feature.
The best finish for you BBQ is dependant upon where your BBQ is going to be situated.
The two options are:
Does not resist heat or UV rays very well, and so is only suitable for areas that are well covered. These BBQs are generally built at a lower price point and will generally begin showing rust after a couple of years.
A hard finish that is easy to clean and heat resistant. It is absolutely ideal for a BBQ built within brickwork or outside in the elements. Vitreous enamel is a glass-based finish that is also found in ovens, old bathtubs and old washing machines. It is impervious to rain, sun and lack of cleaning and is a low maintenance and durable finish.
The most durable finish, perfect for salt air conditions. Make sure that the complete body is stainless steel and not just the front, as many BBQs advertised as being stainless steel are in fact only superficially stainless steel with the inside made from mild steel. There are many different grades of stainless steel; the only two to consider are 430-grade or 304-grade stainless steel. 430-grade is found on most mid – upper range products and is very durable and does not rust. It does require a bit of maintenance to prevent ‘tea-staining’ which occurs when the stainless steel becomes weathered. 304-grade stainless steel is the best grade of stainless steel, but is price-prohibitive and therefore only found on high-end models such as the Gasmate Platinum 2.
The size of the BBQ is determined by the amount of burners: two; three; four five, six or seven.
The larger the BBQ, the greater the flexibility in cooking surface.
There are four types of BBQ trolley to choose from. Of course BBQ’s R US supplies all of these:
There can be a big variance in quality. Look for solid construction with a durable finish. Their main advantage is their low maintenance.
STAINLESS STEEL TROLLEYS:
These are extremely durable and look fantastic. They are ideal for a salt-air environment, as they will never rust. Another plus is their low maintenance.
The area underneath the BBQ is completely enclosed, providing a useful storage area for all your BBQ accessories. Features of the cabinet trolley include swinging doors and a side burner. These are good looking trolleys that complement any patio.
Ensure that the trolley you buy has 4 wheels (not two) to allow easy movement.
Side burners are an optional, stove-like cooking area attached to the side of your BBQ.
They are useful for boiling water, making gravies and allow you to cook wok style foods such as a stir-fry.
An inexpensive and worthwhile addition to any BBQ is an infrared back burner. Infrared back burners are for people who want to do spit cooking in a traditional manner (for instance, at a fish and chip shop).
Whether you decide to purchase a back burner on your BBQ is once again purely a personal choice, and may depend on what applications you are going to use the BBQ for.
Roast Hoods on BBQs open up a whole new world of outdoor cooking!
However they can be added at a later date – ask the specialist at BBQ’s R US whether your chosen BBQ caters to having a Roast Hood added.
Check the quality of the hinge system, handle and temperature gauge, and that the finish is Vitreous Enamel or Stainless Steel (avoid painted Roast Hoods as these are low quality).
BBQ’s can come with a Flame Tamer that can be either metal or cast iron.
The alternative is BBQ rock; the preferred type being genuine lava rock.
Both are extremely good, however the lava rock is susceptible to flaring.
We would recommend flame tamers as opposed to lava rock as flame tamers enable more controlled cooking.
All BBQ’s approved by the Australian Gas Association must be supplied with a hose and regulator.
Check that the regulator you are given will fit the cylinder you have. Adapter fittings are available if there are any problems.