Product Type: Morrisons Foreman Grill
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Let Those Coals Turn!
Morrisons Disposable Barbecue
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Morrisons Disposable Barbecue
Advantages: CHEAP. Easy and quick to get started cooking outdoors.
Disadvantages: Doesn't always cook well, heat up well, and can be un-safe - but that's part of the fun!
Disposable barbaques are the way forward for outdoor / away from home summer cooking - especially for festival and camping holidays! They are a cheap, hassle-free way to enjoy foods in unlikely places where electricity and gas supplies are non-existent. Though there are many brands, all disposable barbaques seem to perform in exactly the same way, costing roughly the same amount of money, and lasting roughly the same amount of time once lit. This version from Morrisons is the same as all the others, here' some consumer information and opinion about it:
HOW THEY WORK
The body of the barbaque is metal at the base (surrounded by cardboard packaging), and the metal base curves round a sheet of metal mesh at the top where food sits, and heat is allowed to reach up from the coals within. Behind the mesh is a temporary sheet of paper used to spread the flame of a match or lighter across the coals evenly. Within the packaging is a wire frame which is used to prop the barbaque away from grass and the ground - to reduce the chance of fire spreading. Once the fire is lit, you must wait 10 - 20 minutes for the coals to turn white (from black) meaning the heat is sufficient to cook meats safely.
This system works well, but not that well. Sometimes things go wrong. For example, the coals aren't always sat evenly within the metal casement, meaning certain areas of the barbaque emit more heat than others when lit. Also, it is difficult to move the coals into a better position due to the wire mesh, and the fact you can't touch the thing when it's lit because it's too hot. Sometimes the mesh with food sat on top will bend at the centre, forcing meat and other foods onto the black coal, causing carbon marks on your grub! This can ruin the food - but you can't expect perfection from a cheap alternative like this!
The liting mechanism - putting a flame to the paper sheet - is harder than you might think and sometimes (with the help of wind) it's very hard to lite the stuff at all. Even when it is lit, the paper will often fail to lite all the coals, therefore not getting 100% heat from the barbaque. Similarly, even if lit, the coals will on occasion fail to produce a flame and complete the process of black to white coal - meaning the barbaque becomes useless.
Liting the paper through the mesh is difficult and can result in burns - as, as you are aiming the liter flame down all it wants to do is rise up and scold your fingers! Besides this procedure, using the barbaque is perfectly safe, the only other issue is fire starting outside the jurisdiction of the barbaque! The coals heat can light dried grass and other substances outside which can pose a danger to the surrounding environment.
Overall I think disposable barbaques from Morrisons are identical to Tesco's, Asda's, even pound land's. They're probably produced in the same factory for all I know, but it doesn't matter because I think they're brilliant. Yes they have their problems, but that only adds to the excitement of camping, festivaling and barbaqueing in general! A bit of safety worry isn't any real issue if you follow the rules - ensuring you set up the product properly and ensure you wait for the coals to turn white before cooking!
I'd give this product a 4/5 despite its disadvantages!
Summary: A great way to spend a day in summer!