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I have bought these for the past few years to use during the summer months and they are absolutely brilliant.
We have a static caravan at the coast so all of our weekends in the summer months are spent eating out having picnics and BBQs. We have a bbq at the caravan but these are ideal for when you are on the go and cannot transport the full sized barbecue.
When I have used these we have taken them to the beach or to the woods for a BBQ. They are very simple to use and work really well too. I have tried some of the cheaper ones that you can buy from the supermarket but they are not as good quality as these ones so Id rather pay a little bit more and have one I can rely on.
The BBQ is very quick to use, you simply take off the outer plastic film and the paper from the top. You put the BBQ where you want to have it lit, One thing to bare in mind is that they are not easy to move once lit as they get very hot so make sure that you light it in a sensible place and out of the way of pets or small children and also out of the wind for the best performance.
The way to light it is very easy you simply take a match or lighter and light the paper that is underneath the mesh, this then sets alight and makes the charcoal catch fire.
The BBQ gradually gets hotter and hotter until it is ready to use which usually takes about 20 minutes. You will know it is ready to use because the coals will go white.
We have cooked loads of different things on here and they always work well. The BBQ easily lasts long enough for you to cook food for around 5 people before it starts to go out and cool down. If you have more than 5 people it will probably be best if you buy a couple of BBQ's just so you have enough room to put all the food. We have cooked fish, burgers, sausages, kebabs and we have also toasted marshmallows afterwards which the kids always love.
I would definitely recommend this barbecue for anyone who loves the outdoors its great for campers, hikers, people who love the beach or having a BBQ when you are out and about.
Well, the weather finally got good enough for us to jump in the van and go to the seaside for the night, we often do this if I have a day off and as we are staying on the sea front in the back of the van we don't often take a cooker with us, but buy these disposable barberques instead.
I paid £4.95 for a pack of two at B&Q while we were on the journey.
These are really handy to use when your on a road trip as they are easy to store, have no mess and easy to light, there is a tear off lid which then has a mesh underneath where you light the paper which ignites the charcoal.
This is easy to use and can just be put on the ground and lit, wait about 15-20 minutes then it's ready to cook on, the charcoal glows nicely and you can fit four slices of bacon on it or four sausages for your breakfast, you can then pop the kettle on it after you have cooked your breakfast and it will boil if you don't fill it right to the top.
So there you have it one bacon sandwich or sausages too if your hungry and a brew to go with it, then just wait for it to cool and dispose of it in the bin.
These are compact and there is no spillage with them, the charcoal is just enough to cook your breakfast on and they can be used when camping, in the garden or on the side of the road if like us you just jump in the van and go out.
They are usually in stock in spring and summer and you can get them cheaper in the autumn sales, but they can be stored in a dry place if you buy a few packs when they are cheap.
These are not suitable for children to use as the packaging does get hot when it's lit as it is only a thick foil type tray with the charcoal inside, be careful if you have little one's toddling around when using this as they might not look hot but charcoal burns at a high heat and will burn.
All in all they are easy to use, handy to take away with you and cook the food evenly and right through in not too long a time, around ten minutes for bacon and sausages and then kettle to boil before it cools down.
I'm happy to recommend them.
When we barbecue, particularly when we have a number of people coming, we like to make sure we have a smaller or disposable barbecue available to use for any vegetarians who are coming. This way, we can keep their food separate from the meat the rest of us are feasting on.
We had our first barbecue of the year just a few days ago before all the rain started up again, and as well as pulling out and dusting off our lovely barbecue we did a quick trip down to B&Q to pick up a few bits and bobs including some charcoal and a disposable barbecue & stand (I've written about the stand separately and if anyone here uses disposable barbecues regularly I highly recommend you get one!).
A disposable barbecue is basically a heavy foil tray with coals already supplied in it, and a lightweight metal grid over the top to place your food on. They're never very substantial, but they are perfectly suited to one off uses and especially ideal if you're wanting to barbecue away from home at a festival or something. - We have a yearly event locally called 'Picnic in the Park' where everyone brings their own food and many people bring along barbecues. This is one of the occasions when this type of barbecue is ideal because you can dispose of it at the location afterwards, or at least pour water over it to carry it home to a bin, without worrying about needing to clean it or let it cool down like you'd have to with a large barbecue.
I bought four of these on this occasion at £2 each - It's a little cheaper than their normal price but this was part of an 'old stock' clearance that they've been having - I'm assuming in readiness for this year's new stock (or perhaps they're changing the packaging design or something I don't know). Anyway, it seemed a good price, hence buying three as the others will be used for future barbecues later in the year.
To be honest, if I'd not been going to B&Q I'd have been just as happy with one of these from Sainsburys, Tesco or Wilkinson, or well, anywhere else that sells them as I don't really think the brand makes a lot of difference with these, and they do come in a standard size which is good because it means that they all fit on the same size stand.
In terms of how well these cook things, they're certainly adequate. I have to say I prefer to cook on a larger better designed barbecue, but for our purposes (to separate off vegetarian options from meat options for the minority), it serves quite well. It will hold 6-8 items if they're not to large such as sausages or burgers, or if you're cooking something a little larger a few less. We did 4 tuna steaks on there comfortably, and then after that 4 vegetable kebabs and 4 vegetarian sausages at the same time.
It takes about 15 minutes for the coals to get up to the right temperature for cooking, and then you get about an hour of proper cooking plus a bit of time for warming (such as bananas in their skins or other things that don't need as much heat). It's not a huge length of time, but generally speaking it's long enough I've always found for our purposes.
Looking out from my top floor window, the prospect of a barbecue couldn't be further from my mind. Rain is lashing down onto the grey-slated rooftops and forming large pools on the pavement far below. In the distance, the sea looks a murky green, and wind-fuelled waves are crashing down onto the normally golden beach. Jean-Luc the French hotel manager who lives next door is getting wet as he sprints up the road, trying to avoid a soaking in his semi-expensive looking suit.
The above paragraph may paint a depressing picture, yet here in the UK we have come to expect a mixed-bag in terms of the weather. Rainy and windy conditions are quickly replaced by blue skies and hot sun, and when that happens it's time to start up the barbecue. When it comes to the good old fashioned barbecue (or is it 'barbeQue'?... the 'c' and the 'q' always seem interchangeable), I normally opt for the disposable variety. This is because a) I don't barbecue enough to warrant having a proper one, and b) I don't actually have a garden to put it in. To be honest, I'm not too concerned about the make of disposable barbecue which I purchase, as in my previous experience all the brands seem to be as good as each other. The B&Q version (which is currently available in a 'buy two for £4.98' offer) features a picture of a roaring fire on the front, and has a blue label with white text.
The barbecue itself consists of a foil tray filled with coal and topped with a metal lattice upon which you put your food. In terms of its size, the barbecue is of standard disposable proportions, and can comfortably hold six small-to-medium sized burgers, or nine if they're all squashed up together. Before you use the device it needs to be lit (obviously!), and this is done by placing a match under the piece of brown card which is located below the lattice. As the card burns, it (hopefully) lights the coal, and in around twenty minutes you can pop on your burgers, bangers, or battered badger. Another method which can be used to check that the barbecue is ready to cook on, is to look at the colour of the coal - when it turns from black to a light grey, you know it's time to charr your chicken. Before you use the barbecue, I would recommend giving it a bit of a shake in order to ensure that the coals are evenly spread across its base - this will result in an even heat distribution across the grill, making the food at either extremity cook at the same time. In terms its longevity, the barbecue has a recommended use of one hour - although this will actually depend on the weather conditions. If it's a calm day, you can get away with using it for longer, wheras if it's exposed to the wind, then the coals in the barbecue can burn out fairly quickly.
So what's my final assessment of this B&Q branded disposable wonder? Well, to be honest it's no better or worse than any other disposable barbecue I have used in the past, and I wouldn't be surprised if all these throw away cookers are made by the same manufacturer. Overall, it's a product which does exactly what it's supposed to do, and the current price represents particularly good value for money. A word of advice would be to buy ahead of the barbecue season, as these little beauties seem to sell out rather quickly in the height of the summer.
We have a lot of barbeques in the summer and bought a large gas barbeque some years ago, but as there is usually only me and Mr. Benn to make a barbeque for we use B & Q Disposable Barbeques most of the time and only bring out the big gas barbeque for parties. It seems pointless to use it for just the two of us and we can't be bothered cleaning it when we are full up and usually a bit tipsy of the red vino.
The Picture at the top here is a little different now on the B&Q disposable barbeques they now have a black background but still have the flame on the front.
The disposable barbeques now come in packs of two for £4.98 which is not a bad price for the convenience of it.
Instructions are very simple you do not need to add anything what you need is in the foil container coals, and a mesh cover on top on which to place the food. All you need to do is light with a match, and wait approximately 20 minutes until the initial flames have died down and the coals have turned white, then you are ready to start to cook your food. I always move the coals around to even them up as sometimes they are all grouped together on opening.
The barbeque is very competent at cooking the food and you get that lovely charcoal taste which missing when we cook on the gas barbeque.
The barbeque will hold around 2 burgers, two sausages, and 2 chicken breast fillets and 2 kebabs, and will stay alight for approximately 80 minutes so you can re-cook some more food on it easily in that time.
These disposable barbeques are great for taking with you on a picnic as well, they take up no room in the car and are light and small enough to pop in a carrier bag for transporting from the car to your chosen picnic area.
B&Q Disposable BBQ!!
What a bargain, I recently bought this BBQ for 1 pounds for a camping trip and it was fantastic. All you have to do is light
the inside with a match and leave for 20mins. After all the coals have changed to a white colour you are ready to cook. You
have around 1 and a half hour of cooking time to cook your food. This BBQ served 4 adults with burgers, sausages, and all
sorts of things and was fabulous.
If I was buying another one I would buy a stand as it can ache your back cooking on such a low ground. You will need your
normal BBQ cooking utentials when cooking with this BBQ.
The only thing that happened to us was on one occasion the burgers got stuck, so keep an eye on your food and you will be
fine. The bbq is small in size and is soo easy to take with you if you traveling with a car full.
Have fun BBQ-ing!! xx
I have a brilliant gas barbeque but find it a bit cumbersome to drag out of the shed when I am just cooking for myself or me and a friend. For this reason I decided to buy a disposable barbeque to keep under the sink for a grilling emergency.
I got my disposable barbeque from B&Q and paid about £3 for it because it had been marked down in the sale.
The barbeque looks like an oversized Chinese takeaway container because the coals are held in an aluminium container. This is topped with a sheet of special paper to make lighting the barbeque easy and then there is a mesh grill for cooking the food on.
It is very easy to light the barbeque because all I had to do was light the paper using a lighter and wait for the coals to heat up to cooking temperature. It takes about 15 or 20 minutes for the barbeque to heat up enough to cook on so remember to light it in plenty of time. Having said that, my old coals barbeque used to take upwards of half an hour to heat so that isn't too bad I don't think.
This disposable barbeque is big enough to cook 6 burgers on leaving plenty of room for the hot air to circulate around them. I do not cook sausages very often on the barbeque because they never taste cooked properly to me but I would think a pack of 12 thick sausages would fit perfectly on here.
It cooks everything to perfection, if a little slower than my gas barbeque. Because the coals are quite high up in the base of the barbeque it means the food does cook quicker than I thought it would but thankfully it did not burn the outside of my burgers before the middle was cooked. I found my food cooked evenly through wherever it was placed on the mesh, but I would suggest you shake it a little bit before lighting the barbeque to make sure the coals are spread out well.
As far as cooking time goes I would say each disposable barbeque will give you enough time to cook 3 or 4 rounds of food but even after that it is still possible to cook on the barbeque it just means you will wait that little bit longer for your dinner.
I am going to go back to B&Q tomorrow and stock up on these clever little barbeques because it saves me dragging my gas barbeque about and also when this one is cold it is a simple case of putting it in with my recycling and there is no cleaning and scrubbing involved.
Ideal for picnics, gardens, fishing and camping. Width: 24cm. Ready for cooking on in 20 minutes.