“ Brand: Argos / Type: Barbecue / Type: Barbecue „
We have a gas BBQ at home but wanted to buy a charcoal one for the caravan as we often have bbq there and have to use the disposable ones which arnt great if you have a lot of food to cook. I saw this BBQ in Argos and thought it looked and sounded good so we bought one.
I paid £49 for it which is fairly average I suppose and as I thought it would last us a few years I was more than happy to pay that price. We already had all the tools etc we needed so it was literally just the BBQ that we needed.
The BBQ comes in a box flat so it was at this point my husband stepped in!! It comes with instructions and he said it as easy to assemble. It only took him about 15 mins and we were ready to go! The kids were very excited.
The BBQ looked even better than I was expecting it looked quite professional! It was quite light but did not feel like it was going to collapse like some I have seen do
We kept the BBQ on the decking area at the caravan and it looked good. It has 3 legs and they have wheels on so you can easily move it about without burning yourself.
We used it for the first time that night and it was great. We used lighter blocks to light it and it lit easily with the charcoal we bought we used about half a bag on it. The first time we used it there were 5 of us and there was easily enough room on there to cook everything we needed.
The BBQ seems to cook the food well and fairly evenly (well as evenly as a BBQ can!). There is even a little space for the tools to go whilst you are cooking which is helpful. I would definitely recommend this BBQ we have used it loads of time and its still in great condition and it's easy to store away etc.
If you remember, May Day Bank holiday was a lovely day and we decided to get well prepared for it by buying a BBQ. So off we went down to Argos and chose our BBQ for £39.99. The box was very light and I easily managed to lift it myself and carry it to my car.
When we got home, I decided to put it together myself rather than waiting for hubby to come home. I have to say it was a very easy job. It was a case of fitting the legs to the base of the BBQ. This was easy because the screws are in a little bang, along with a special mini spanner to tighten the nuts and bolts.
After that, you fit the metal wire 'shelf' to the bottom of the legs, securing it will more screws and bolts. This makes the whole frame very stable. Then you fit the two wheels to two of the legs and the voila, you have an upright, secure BBQ, ready to put your coals into.
At that point, I stood up and realised that there was a slight problem. The thing was only three feet high. It's my own fault, I should have read the measurements on the box. The BBQ was not going to be tall enough for my 6ft tall hubby to stand around with his mates. This is definitely a BBQ that you would sit down to use. Having said that, on the day, it was great and my hubby and his palls sat around in deck chairs, taking it in turns to flip the burgers from their comfortable vantage point.
This BBQ is great for cooking half a dozen burgers at a time but not suitable for larger groups if you all want to eat at the same time. The other thing is that the lid doesn't fit snuggly over the top. It fell off a couple of times and this can be a problem if someone is close by. The lid rolled and hit my friend in the leg, leaving her with quite a bad burn.
The 'shelf' on the bottom, is more of a stabilising thing for the BBQ than an actual shelf. It's so low to the floor that food certainly couldn't be put on it.
The metal grid that you put the food on to cook is very sturdy and cleans easily after the BBQ
=Argos Deluxe Kettle Charcoal BBQ=
My old BBQ was that rusty that I wasn't sure what was BBQ and what was rust, as we use BBQ on an ad-hoc basis, and there are 3 adults and 1 child, I wanted a BBQ that was going to last for a few years, but was also practical in terms of storage.
This was priced at £49.99, but we picked it up on a sale and paid £39.99, so with what we saved we treated ourselves to some new tools.
I don't really know what I was expecting, but when I went to collect it, it was a flat pack unit, the good news the instructions were included, and once you took a lot at the leaflet it became apparent that it was going to be easy to assemble.
His lordship assembled it, we had 1 or 2 swear words, but hey men and diy, thou the swearing was trying to find his tool box, (whoops I'd chucked some car boot items in the shed). But within 10 minutes he the BBQ assembled.
The BBQ is lightweight, but sturdy, it is constructed from a mixture of plastic and steel, the colour way is that of black and blue.
There are 3 legs on the BBQ and with these are wheels which you use to move the BBQ around on. These are strong, easy to move and go where you want, unlike some supermarket trolleys.
You can purchase waterproof covers for the BBQ, there around £10, but as mine gets stored in the shed, we didn't bother getting one.
=Using The BBQ=
This is a charcoal based BBQ, and you can use the bags that you light and it does it all for you, or the lets build a pyramid and try with lighter cubes to get it filled. I tend to use about 3/4 of a 5kg bag for cooking, that fills the base up lovely.
There is a storage space for the tools that you can whilst cooking, which I find handy to use.
It is a charcoal based BBQ, and once you have the coals ready to cook on there is a large round grill that fits the base, there is a lid with it, which I tend to use while I'm waiting for the charcoal to be ready.
it has a good size cooking area, it easily suits the family, we find that the food cooks evenly, and the cooking time can be about an hour to hour and half, depending on how much charcoal you have used.
The dreaded part of any BBQ is cleaning up the ashes, with this BBQ I would almost say it is a pleasure to clean, as the ash is collected into a tray and you then just wipe out the inner chamber.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend this BBQ, we used it about 8 times last year and never had any problems with it, I just feel that £40 it was more on the expensive side, had it not been an impulse purchase I would have researched.
I would say this is more suited to someone with a smaller space, such as a patio, as it is a compact design and I feel that your paying for the flexibility to move the unit quickly, and the build of it.
Overall it's a 4/5
Every year when the sun comes out there is nothing more enjoyable and easy to do as a family than having a BBQ ,and I just love to sit around laughing with my children watching my fella standing over the grill pretending he can cook. Every year when the summer time arrives I know we'll be seeing lots of my trusted Argos BBQ,which cost me 50 pounds over two years ago.
It came delivered to me in a flat pack which was not good as I am useless at putting these things together,so I had to wait for my boyfriend to get home from work and had him doing more work the second he returned home. It stands on three legs,and is made of Steele and plastic and is blue and black,
its a circular shape and stands on wheels which makes it easy to move around and with it not being huge it can be rolled into a dry storage space for safe keeping very easy.
It has a circular wire grill and has 53.5cm of cooking space,its not massive but it produces more than enough food for my family of four. This BBQ has removable lid and a tray underneath that come in really handy for putting sauces on,it also has a ash tray collector that is great when it comes to the day you need to clean it. This product is strong and reliable weighing at 9 kg,and after two years is still standing strong weighting for another sunny day.
So summer is here and the smell of bbq clings to the air. My boyfriend (who thinks he is lGordon Ramsey) decides he wants to do bbq food. Now bbq is somthing i can take or leave so my response is great lets grab a disposable one from asda (also thinking quick to clear up and unlikley to get me in trouble with my landlord having it on my balcony). You cant do that says the boy it has to be a gas bbq and off he goes researching gas bbqs.
Some hours later i find myself being dragged round the local B&Q looking at bbqs in the range of GPD 300!!!. I think boy has mistaken bbq for his need of a cranial labotomy and swiftly march him out protesting and developing a sulk.
A calming coffee and chat with boy an hour later i manage to persuade him that we do not need a supper delux peice of gastromic outdoor gadgetary and persuade him into my local argos (we may aswell its only nexrdoor ;-)). And so we start flicking through the catalog (him from the expensive end me from the cheap). And arrive at the kettle bbq.
Its small so can be packed away in a corner and dosnt take up the entire balcony (why cook food outside if you have to eat it inside due to no room on the balcony). It has a cover that hel cook food but also mainly stopps rain when not in use and handles that can be used to hang tongs etc from. And wheels and the best thing? It is along way away from the 300 quid my boy was looking at!
Once home it was easy to assemble and you know what the food cooked quick and tasted exactly like....bbq :-) great buy
Summer time is here! The family are over, dad's getting drunk, mum's watching the olympics and outside we have the food cooking nicely inside our new argos bbq - all is well.
With a whole range of bbqs out there - how do you make up your mind which one to get? Simple - get the one that looks spaceage/like a Tripod when closed. That and the price were the reasons I bought this peice of junk.
It started off great - easy to start/light and doesn't use much charcoal - it's also small enough to fit on the patio and large enough for half a dozen burgers and 4 chicken wings to cook at once. As mentioned it is also on the cheaper side of the bbq scale.
We even closed the lid the second time we used it whilst the burgers were cooking - to give them that authentic charcoal taste - and that was where the fun ended. When we went to take the lid off again, the handle came off. So we were left with a burning hot metal lid that needed removing. Queue the fun...
Looking back I don't think I have ever bought an argos item that hasn't broken within a year of purchase and this was no different. Should've gone with a better brand/costlier bbq.