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Morrisons Bucket BBQ
Member Name: Mephit
Morrisons Bucket BBQ
Advantages: handy, portable, easy to use
Disadvantages: small cooking area, disposing of charcoal
The bucket bbq seemed a brilliant idea to me: we like to nip down the beach and have a bbq when we can. It seemed a good alternative to the disposable ones that can be quite awkward to get rid of safely, while carrying them home isn't particularly desirable.
The bucket bbq comes in a variety of colours. It has a metal handle which folds down around the bucket when not in use, and a handgrip made from a spiral of wire around the main handle.
It has three fold-out legs to raise it from the ground, to allow good airflow through the bbq. These look flimsy, but they provide quite sturdy support. There are vents at the bottom and an inner bucket about half the height of the main bucket to put the charcoal into. To use, you shouldn't over-do it, but just have the charcoal filling the inner bucket. It doesn't take much to fill it really. I have bought those bags of charcoal which you light in their packet, but ended up having to break it in two to fit the bucket bbq. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get up to cooking heat.
The grill fits over the top of the bucket and has a fold-out handle to enable you to lift it off should the charcoal need a poking or to add more. It is about 10 inches across. This isn't a huge area to cook on, but I find it enough for when it's me and the two children and we just want a burger and a sausage each. The Other Half scorns the bucket bbq because of its small cooking area, and I have to admit it wouldn't do for larger groups - unless they're patient.
I found this bbq really quite handy last year. The only thing I found problematic was disposing of the hot charcoal after use - we tend to leave not too long after we've eaten. Clearly it wouldn't be nice to dump the stuff (or bury it, whatever some people might think) on the beach, so it's a matter of carrying it back up. At least the bucket makes that easy. If the kids have had their buckets and spades with them, then I pour a bit of sea-water on it to cool it down more. When packing up, you have to watch out for the ground underneath the bbq, as it can get quite hot and it wouldn't be good if someone barefoot stood where it had been unwarily. Once you've used it, if you're travelling by car, you may find it a bit of a pain deciding how not to make a mess in your car if there's nowhere to dispose of the charcoal. I think it would be a good idea if there was a metal lid you could clip on as well.
When I came to dig the bucket bbq out this year, I found it had rusted quite badly and one of the legs was missing, so it was only good for a year for us. Admittedly it wasn't stored particularly well, so others may survive better. At around £7, I can't complain 'though, we got quite a lot of use out of it.
Summary: Good little bbq