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A cheap and cheerful gas bbq
Asda 2 Burner Gas Barbecue
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Asda 2 Burner Gas Barbecue
Advantages: Cheap, quick, decent quality
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The only problem with this lovely scene is the time it takes, getting a bbq going can be fairly time consuming as you wait for the coals to light properly and evenly and get up to cooking temperature and in this lovely country we call England, particularly so this summer, the opportunities to be able to take the time are few and far between!
It is for this very reason that I decided that this year I would commit an act of heresy and buy a cheap gas bbq! I am not normally a fan of the gas bbq as I always feel they are cheating, where is the ceremony in the lighting, the spreading of the coals, the creation of areas of differing intensity? None of his is the case with a gas bbq, you simply turn a dial and hit an ignition button, the burners light then 10 minutes later it's up to temperature and you're ready to cook.
It is however this simplicity and speed that got me thinking, If I want to be able to cook outside and enjoy the fleeting summers evenings it would be handy to be able to be ready and cooking really quickly, hence I decided to buy one.
I did not want to spend much money so looked at various models until I found this one at Asda for a mere £35! As luck would have it, my local Asda Living store had one in stock on the first sunny Saturday after I decided to buy a gas bbq, so I bought it and headed home with the intention of assembling it and having a bbq for lunch.
***** Building *****
When I got home, I set about the assembly. The instructions were your typical badly translated fodder but with decent enough illustrations. Most of the parts were fairly obvious as to what they were, the hardest parts to identify were the parts of the frame that the bbq stands on, but even thoses were not too hard.
When building things like this, or flat pack furniture, it is often difficult to work out which screw/bolt/nut you need for each step as they are all quite simple. With this bbq I was very impressed to see that the screws, nuts and bolts were separated out in a special blister pack style strip and each was nicely labelled making it extremely simple to select the parts you needed.
Building the bbq was nice and simple as it is fairly basic but it does require two people at times in order to be able to hold things steady and to help line things up while screwing together.
In total it took me and my girlfriend about half an hour to put it all together, though that was with a few pauses to appease out baby boy who was looking on.
The build quality is pretty good, though it is not the sturdiest bbq I have ever seen, and I don't think it would stand up well to any rough treatment but then what kind of inhumane creature would treat a bbq (even a gas one) with anything other than love and kindness?
At one end of the bbq there is a handle and at the other end two wheels to make it easy to wheel about though it does struggle across grass, it is much better suited to moving about on a patio!
The bbq part itself is sturdy and of a reasonable size about 16 inches by about 12 inches, big enough for a reasonable amount of meat for a family of four which is perfect for what I wanted! There is a lid with a stay cool handle which is vital as the base and the lid of the cooking section both get very hot! The lid is kept down during cooking and heating in order for the heat to build up and stay up.
The two gas burners are very simple to install during the build process, it's just a case of putting the machined metal piece through a hole, lining it up with two valves on the control panel and pushing into place. it is well made and feels like it is good quality.
The control panel contains two dials and an ignition switch, again this feels like it is well made of decent quality.
One lovely touch I noticed was the way the base of the cooking section is angled in such a way to allow any grease/oil to drain to a small hole near the back. Into this hole goes a shaped piece of metal which holds a small metal cup. At first the holder seems unnecessarily bent and complicated however as soon as I starte to use the bbq I realised it was actually very well designed...the grease makes it's way to the hole, then runs down the bent holder to a low point just above the cup and drips directly into the cup!!!
***** In Use *****
Hooking up the gas supply is simple a case of pushing the gas regulator onto the valve on the bottle whereby it clicks into place. To use the bbq you turn on the gas using a small lever on the regulator, then turn both burner controls up to max and press the ignitor button. I found it took only one click to get it lit...better than my gas hob in the kitchen!
Once lit, simply close the lid and leave it heat up. I left it for about 10 minutes while I prepared some nice chicken and bacon kebabs. When I was done, the bbq was nice and hot and ready for cooking.
I did try turning down the heat on one of the burners but I'm not sure it made a huge difference to the flames or the temperature but I wasn't too bothered about that.
The cooking area was fairly uniformly hot so things cooked no matter where they were in the bbq which was fine for the size of bbq.
Once I had finished, I left the burners going on full with the lid closed for about 10 minutes as per the instructions, which was intended to burn off as much of the grease etc as possible...however it didn't really make much of a difference. That said cleaning it wasn't too hard, the only thing I would say is leave the grease catch until it is cold, don't try to remove it before that as tit tricky to do and you will end up spilling grease all over the floor...oops!!!
***** Conclusion *****
It's a great little BBQ to use for a quick bit of outdoor cooking, it's big enough for a fmaily of four, though if I was going to be having a BBQ for a lot of people I think it would have to be done in stages, unlike my 'real' charcoal bbq!!! The key thing with this gas bbq is the speed with which you can get set up and cooking which allows you to enjoy outdoor cooking at the drop of a hat!!! I would heartily recommend this bbq if you wanted a cheap and simple gas bbq for the same reasons as myself!!!
Summary: perfect for my needs!