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There are several main categories of barbecues available in the UK, generally made from steel, cast iron or aluminium.


• Portable - Hibachi, suitcase style, or 'one off' disposables. Fuelled by charcoal and Ideal for picnics or sporting events.

• Open Brazier Grills - Mostly round between 12" & 25" diameter. The larger they are the more features they are likely to have. Again, fuelled by charcoal. Wagons - Usually rectangular, large cooking area, most feature side tables, split rods, warming racks and undershelves. Usually gas-fired, but can be electric or charcoal burning.

• Kettle Grills - Ideal for roasting large joints as the lid concentrates the heat and flavour.

• Built-in - barbecues supplied in kit form, for you to build your own surround. Can be gas- fired, electric or charcoal burning.

• Gas Barbeques - Very popular, usually wagons, with lids. The more expensive units are literally outdoor gas cookers.

Most use some form of heat dispersant such as Lava Rock. Spread in the bottom of the cooking unit it helps to disperse the heat throughout the whole cooking area to ensure that food is cooked evenly.

One of the latest inventions includes Ceramic briquettes. Barbecued food achieves its unique taste as a result of juice dripping onto the hot coals vaporising and then returning upward to baste the food. Ceramic briquettes maximise heat to vaporise juices and minimise messy, food-charring flare-ups. Their special convex shape allows excess juices to roll off. Unlike lava rock, non-porous ceramic briquettes do not absorb fat or transfer food flavours. Being uniform in size they ensure even heat distribution for better cooking performance.

• Electric - Barbecue grills. Clean and easy to use. Take care when using outdoors. ALWAYS USE A CIRCUIT' BREAKER.

Gas Barbecues - Safety

• Read the instruction booklet before using the appliance.
• Use outdoors only.
• Do not move during use.
• Turn off gas supply at cylinder after use.
• Use protective gloves when handling hot components.
• DIY modifications are dangerous - do not attempt this type of modification.
   1. Shut off gas immediately
   2. Extinguish open flame
   3. Open lid, if applicable
   4. If odour continues, immediately call your gas supplier.
• Keep the area around the barbecue clear of combustible materials, spirits, etc .
• Do not obstruct the flow of ventilating and combustion air.


• Always treat a cylinder with care.
• NEVER store on its side - the valve could become damaged and leaking could occur.
• Always use the cylinder upright.
• Always position the cylinder in an accessible location to facilitate changing and emergency shut off.
• Always disconnect the cylinder before moving
• NEVER subject the cylinder to heat.
• NEVER store cylinders in cellars, adjacent to open drains and basement areas or below ground level
• Propane is heavier than air and if a leak occurs the gas will collect at the lowest level and is liable to combust if exposed to a flame or spark
• NEVER store cylinders indoors.


When storing the barbecue for long periods of time, remove the cylinder and cover the barbecue. Store the cylinder outdoors in a well-ventilated place.

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