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Barbecue - charcoal

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Jupiter01, 9 Jun 2018.

  1. Jupiter01

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    I've brought several Argos barbecues over the years, only to replace them within 18 months. I want to buy something more robust this time. I've set myself a budget of £200. Is this realistic and what do you recommend?
     
  2. JohnD

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    I've sometimes considered a brick-built one, or an iron tray against a wall, with a stainless canopy and a bit of a chimney (as often used on cooker hoods) to draw the hot fumes away, maybe a storage space underneath for charcoal bags or tools..

    I knew someone who put one against their house wall, I was surprised it didn't leave a smoky mark.
     
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  3. sodthisforfun

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    If you've the room, I agree, build yourself a brick BBQ. Should come under budget and you'll not need to make another for a long long time :)
    One tip though, if you do make your own, when buying the grill, such as this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Landmann...Chrome-Cooking-Grill-Heavy-Duty-/222902862548
    Buy a couple so have a spare one. They tend to give up the ghost after about 7-8 years or so I find and it's always a bit of a ballache to get another exact same size to fit your brick BBQ.
     
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  4. Jupiter01

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    Guys, my problem with a built in bbq is that it would need to be against either of my wooden fences and hence a fire hazard when the coal is flaming away
     
  5. Gorners

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    The problem with almost all but the most expensive barbecues are, no matter how much you cover them up, if they’re left outside, water gets in and they rust, and need replacing after a couple of years.

    After getting fed up of this after about 4 barbecues in 8-9 years, we bought a decent £120ish one, and we put it in the garage after every use and store it over winter there. It’s still as good as new three years on.

    If you want it to last, don’t leave it outside. £200 won’t prevent you from replacing in 2 years, believe me.
     
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    Since this is a DIY forum - make one yourself!
     
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    Been in the same situation myself after countless steel bbq's.

    Contemplated a brick built job but we move ours about depending on just tea or full on party.

    Ended up buying a fully stainless one from Germany (from ebay) and a cover as belt and braces. It's done a winter outside and still good as new!.

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    Bought a gas bar b , never go back to messy charcoal.
     
  9. freddiemercurystwin

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    It's not a barbecue though is it, gas is so boring. There's something about the whole charcoal shebang, the prep required for the coals, the smoke and smells, the taste often, the thought involved in cooking stuff, the glowing embers giving out heat for a couple of hours keeping you warm ......
     
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    Have never noticed any difference in taste.
     
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    Not a fan of gas either, lumpwood charcoal all the way for me!.
     
  12. EddieM

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    +1 for gas. Charcoal.... luddites!
     
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    I've got a gas cooker in the house. What's the point in having another one in the garden?
     
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  14. EddieM

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    what difference does it make? Food tastes no different whether BBQ'ed over gas or charcoal. TBF most BBQ'ed food is bloody awful anyway. First rule when invited to a BBQ is ensure you have eaten well beforehand.
     
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    Any reccommendations on BBQ brands?
     
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