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      14.02.2014 13:02

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      Best for clear days without wind!

      I have bought this product a few times with mixed results!

      If you have the right conditions then this product is great for spontaneous barbecues in the garden, that is, if the wind isn't blowing too hard! On a windy day then you are going to have problems lighting it and getting the entire sheet of flammable paper to light and stay alight which then gets the charcoal going. I spent one evening and a whole box of matches trying to get one to light, without success. I ended up grilling everything and bringing it out into the garden to eat! Not quite the same as a real barbecue!

      However, I have also used this product to great success. On a clear day, with no wind then you cannot go wrong!

      I would recommend this product because, when it works, it is great. Always handy to have one in the shed, or to pick one up after work for an ad hoc BBQ. However, when going for a planned barbecue and inviting friends over...I would always use the real thing to avoid disappointment!

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      31.10.2013 17:01
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      Cheap but limited

      It lights, it burns, it cooks. Our society today lives on 'throw-away' goods, from fast food to practically anything that we can use and dispose of, im not one that's going to go in to a lecture about the global issues and how these sort of things affect the environment, because quite frankly pollution and litter issues are already beyond our control and continue to get worse, but anyway don't feel to guilty if you leave your disposable in the middle of the field because the rest of the world does it too!!

      Theirs nothing really too it, make sure you've got a couple of decent working lighters as these can be a pain to get going to start with, remove the packaging and spread the coal evenly, light the igniter paper and away you go. the fire starts to develop fully within around 10minutes giving a decent wind-flow.

      One tray generates enough heat to cook several packs of meat in one go and can store a fair bit on at once also. Once they are done with simply extinguish and dispose of correctly ;)

      You would look to pay £1-£2 for one of these but can normally get hold of a few for about £5.

      Pro's - Easy to ignite, and easy to dispose of.
      Con's - Can go out after a while so would have to re-light or use another unit where with a fixed B.B.Q additional coal and fire-lighter could be used therefore being more cost effective.

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        12.10.2013 15:56

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        Great for picnics or day trips out!

        I brought this disposable BBQ, from Sainsbury's, as I was going on a picnic with my partner. I thought it would be a fun way for my picnic to actually cook bbq food, rather then just having basic sandwiches and snacks. I went along to my local Sainsbury's, and picked this disposable bbq up.

        We droved out in the countryside. Once we had found a comfortable quiet spot, we lit the disposable BBQ. We used long matches to light it, however I think ordinary matches will work just as well. After 10 minutes the disposable bbq was heated and ready to cook the food.

        Once the food was place on, everything was cooked really quickly within 10/15 minutes. We cooked burgers and sausages, and they cooked perfectly well on this. It carried on burning for one and a half hours, so if you wanted extra food there was time to do so.

        I definitely recommend this product, it's great to use on picnics, or even in your own garden if you don't already own a BBQ. Overall it works great, cooks food really quickly, fits enough food for two people on it, and last long enough to put extra food on if you wish. You do need to be careful though as they do get pretty hot, be sure to use them in open air, and always make sure you give the allocated time on them to heat up before cooking the food.

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        18.09.2013 17:18
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        Great convenience product

        Although it seems weird to be reviewing a disposable BBQ just after the nice weather has ended - it might help for next year! It's a summer staple for us and we always stock up for the season.

        At about £2 each these are a great deal. Yes, you are only using them once, but the hassle element that gets removed by picking one of these up is great. One thing to remember is that if you are using them directly on grass (not recommended) then you are probably going to leave a scorch mark. You can avoid this with some bricks or the metal frame that sometimes comes with the BBQ (this seems to vary from year to year) or just by putting it on your patio. When you light it, it's going to take a little while to be ready to cook on, don't just plonk your burgers on straight away and wonder why they aren't cooking.

        We've found that we can cook comfortably for about an hour once the BBQ has warmed up but that it does take ages to cool down. If you're going for a BBQ in the sticks somewhere, make sure you take something to put the BBQ out with otherwise you'll have a pickle on your hands. The best thing is that you won't have to do any hefty cleaning of it like you would a reusable BBQ!

        The only issue we've encountered with these is that it can be difficult to get an even cook and sometimes fiddly to get it started. I'd highly recommend giving the BBQ a shake across a flat surface to spread the coals evenly, and grabbing some long matches to light the paper inside rather than using a lighter.

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          18.09.2013 17:09
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          Sainsbury's Party Disposable BBQ

          I actually haven't had the chance to buy any of these this year which is such a shame as I bought four last year and always had a good time when I was using them as I got them for picnics with friends where we would take a drive into the countryside and spend the day there. Unfortunately this year the weather just hasn't been reliable enough to plan days like this.

          I bought the bbq's in packs of two and I thought they were good value as they were only £4.99 but they had a special offer on where I could buy the packs for only £2.99 so I bought two packs as I thought even if it took me a while to use them I would get around to it eventually. Luckily I used them up pretty quickly.

          I was a little bit unsure if they would be much good at that price but I am glad to say that they were excellent and well worth buying.
          To use the bbq's you just unwrap them and then you light the paper which is sat underneath the mesh top and it is as simple as that really. I never had a problem with the coals not lighting and never had to use anything else to get the coals lit other than the paper that came with the bbq's.

          These bbq's are really too small for proper use but they are great for taking with you on picnics and I suppose if you are only planning to have a bbq very rarely then a couple of these would do. I have a proper bbq so I only bought these to take away on day trips with me.
          Although small you can fit a surprising amount on them. I went for smaller foods just to make sure that there would be enough room. The first time I used them I also just used them basically for heating and flavouring pre cooked meats as I was a bit worried that the bbq wouldn't get hot enough to cook the meat. It did though and the second time I used them I had no worries about taking burgers and sausages with me to bbq.

          You obviously need to be careful with this from a safety standpoint. It needs to be placed on a suitable surface and obviously not on one that could burn. I actually bought a fantastic little stand for disposable bbq's which is great and also meant that I could safely use it anywhere. It does take ages for the coals to completely burn out and go cold so don't just throw this in the bin otherwise it could set fire to something.

          For the money I think these little bbq's are great and well worth buying. I wouldn't recommend them for replacing a proper bbq but for using on camping trips or days away they are brilliant.

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            15.08.2013 22:41
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            I wont buy these again I will buy a proper BBQ

            I have used two of these disposable BBQs by Sainsburys in the last week. I bought them because they were on special offer for £2 each which is really cheap. I do not have a garden but have the beach just down the road.

            They come wrapped up in plastic, and you need to remove the sheet of fireproof paper that has a picture of flames and what the product is before you light the BBQ. Its very light to pick up, and so this was one of the reasons I chose it because you can walk to the beach from my house and I didnt want to carry loads of heavy equipment.

            Both BBQs were not great to be honest, they lit up fine, and the coals got reasonably hot, I got some of them to go white, and some stayed black. The heat in the black coals quickly went, and I was left with only a small space to cook food on that was actually hot. This was not good as I had quite a lot of meat to cook, and the first time luckily everything got cooked eventually.

            I had to keep shuffling the hot coals around, and it was messy and annoying. The second time I pre cooked the chicken so it could crisp up on the BBQ. It did for a few pieces, then again it stopped giving out enough heat.

            The heat was nothing compared to a real one and so it was a bit hit and miss cooking things like chicken or sausages that need a long time to cook.

            The size is about a piece of paper, and it comes with the coals wrapped in a bag that you set alight, this is easy to do. There is a grill over the top, I suggest taking that off, lighting the bbq and then putting it back on again afterwards otherwise its a bit fiddly to light the paper with a lighter.

            There are also not enough coals in the silver tray, and I think most of the coal has been treated with a firelighting substance that then dies off and then the coal does not turn white.

            I can see why they were on sale, and am now thinking of investing in a bucket bbq instead.

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            05.08.2013 13:51
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            For £3 I have no complaints!

            I have always wanted a brick BBQ built into my garden as a feature. At the minute I don't have the cash, energy or space to build one so I decided to have a BBQ and got these disposable ones to try.

            +++Cost+++
            Sainsbury's were selling these off for £3 so I brought two. I managed to use one before it started raining again so I suppose I can save the second one until next year.

            For £3 you get a portable BBQ that requires no cleaning - perfect!

            +++How to use+++
            It is really simple to get it going, I just lit 7 or 8 matches and threw them into the BBQ at different points. This eventually got the BBQ going and after a while, it was ready to cook on.

            Follow the clear instructions on the back if you aren't sure when it is hot enough to cook, but make sure you have the right utensils. I saw somebody recently trying to flip his burgers with a plastic spatula over hot flames ... not ideal to say the least.

            When the flames went out, I poured some water over it to cool it down then left it in a dry cool place for a few hours until it was completely cold. You wouldn't believe how hot these things can get.

            +++How much food can you fit on the BBQ+++
            We found that 4 big burgers pretty much covered the BBQ. This was perfect as there was only two of us but if there had been any more we would have needed another one at least.

            We also managed to toast our buns but it was a squeeze and the outside edge wasn't toasted great.

            You need to try and ensure that food is as close to the middle as it will get.

            +++What you need+++
            To have a successful BBQ with one of these you need the following:

            - Disposable BBQ
            - Metal cooking utensils.
            - Some sort of fire, I recommend matches.
            - Food!!

            If you have the above, you can enjoy a BBQ wherever and whenever you like.

            +++Overview+++
            For an impulsive BBQ that does the job and requires no cleaning afterwards, this is the way forward. You may need more than 1 if there are a few people. A great way to enjoy a BBQ without having to spend a lot!

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              03.08.2013 20:18
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              A decent BBQ for an evening of fun.

              I'm not a big fan of disposable items because of the waste they create, but we don't have the garden for a proper BBQ and one evening when it was scorching hot indoors it made sense to sit out on our tiny patio and grill up some burgers and veggies.

              Sainbury's disposable barbecue is a simple design of a foil bottom filled with charcoal, with a wire mesh over the top and a metal rack for putting food on. The charcoal has flammable material on it to make lighting the barbecue as easy as possible, and I admit that I let my partner do this bit but I did watch and it seemed very easy to get the BBQ going to me, which he did with an ordinary matchstick. Once the BBQ is smoking it does take a little while to get going, as you have to wait for the coals to get hot enough to cook food on. I don't think this is different to with other disposable BBQs though and there are always things to be getting ready in the meantime, food orders and cutlery etc.

              We cooked with the BBQ on our small outside glass table but as it got hotter it became clear that it would leave a scorch mark on the table so my husband quickly shoved a paving slab underneath it. For the same reason you do not want to use a disposable BBQ on grass. This may be obvious to some of you but it can be tricky to follow instructions properly when you have a toddler running around wanting to help slice the veggies/light the fire etc..!

              Sainbury's disposable barbecue is not massive in size but it does have a surface for a few burgers to cook at once and it does smoke enough to get all the cooking done for a couple of people. There were three of us and we were able to cook burgers and roast several kebab skewers on the BBQ easily. The BBQ stayed hot enough to cook on for about 40 minutes and the cooling down period was ideal for wrapping up fruit in foil and leaving it to gently cook, as the temperature of the BBQ wasn't too high and the apples we barbecued smoked away nicely.

              You have to fuss about a bit when using this BBQ because some parts of it get hotter than others, which can result in having a half overcooked and half undercooked burger, for example. Our first batch turned out a bit like this but my husband was devoted to turning the food on the BBQ after that and everything else was cooked more evenly as a result. We also only cooked vegetarian food so we weren't too worried about it not being cooked thoroughly, which of course you do have to consider if you are cooking meat on this BBQ.

              The disposable BBQ is a decent weight, not heavy but it won't easily be knocked over and it seems very safe due to the design, with no chance of being a fire hazard, though of course you should never leave it cooking unattended. At its peak use the BBQ did have quite high flames protruding from it but these went down quickly and were handy for getting a real roasted flavour into the burgers.

              Sainsbury's disposable BBQs costs £2.99, but you can sometimes get them on offer in the summer. I don't think they cost more than other BBQs and the price seems reasonable to me, as we got a full meal's worth out of one disposable BBQ and it was a lovely evening. This product is designed for maximum convenience, and I do recommend it, but having had a proper BBQ in the past I will say that it can't beat cooking on a reusable BBQ, which has a lot more longevity, easily cooks food easily, and leaves a lot less waste at the end. So I am giving this product a fair 4 stars.

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                03.07.2013 20:57
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                Just a quick easy way to have bbq food

                At the moment I live in a flat so we don't have the luxury of a private garden where I would love to have a patio with chairs and a large bbq. However our flats look like houses that have just been split in two so we have a bit of a garden at the front. Lovely weather always makes me want a bbq and when we had been shopping for a few bits in our local sainsburys, their disposable bbq caught my eye.

                I paid £4 which if you bought regularly it would become expensive but every now and then is fine. You get a large tin foil tray with the charcoal already inside. On top you get some flammable card to ignite it and a wire mesh to place your food on. It explains how to use it if your not sure on top but it is pretty straightforward.

                Once the flames had gone down we placed a couple of burgers on and a few sausages. I haven't cooked chicken on them so couldn't comment on whether it cooks them through but the burgers and sausages were cooked fine. The middle did cook a lot quicker than the outside leaving the middle slightly burned but they were fine to eat. I don't expect 5 star cooking when using a bbq anyway but if you are a disposable bbq isn't for you!
                We cooked ours outside and put the tray onto the floor as we were sat at the door set. The tray did get really hot so I don't think it would be suitable to put on top of outside tables (if plastic etc).

                It's common sense but do wait until the charcoal is completely cool before disposing as it could catch light again if its still slightly warm.

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                  06.06.2013 19:24
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                  Great buy, but can find cheaper!

                  I bought these disposable BBQ's for a festival, but tried them out beforehand to make sure that they lit up, and to see how long they lasted, or how well they cooked my desired food.

                  *TIME TO WARM UP*
                  The BBQ is generally very easy to light, because the coals are soaked in a lighter-fluid type substance. Along with this, the fire tends to spread across the coals quite quickly, also. It takes only a few minutes for the flames to die down, and the heat is instantly felt coming off of the BBQ, which is nice considering that it is quite a small object.

                  *COOKING ABILITY/APPEARANCE*
                  When using the BBQ to cook, the disposable BBQ is very effective, and cooks food at an efficient rate, but not too fast that it would leave parts of the food uncooked and inedible. The BBQ also has a handy mesh-like cover over the coals where you can place your food, which allows a safe distance from the heat, so that you don't have to use a separate device to keep your food at a distance.

                  *SIZING*
                  The size of the disposable BBQ is a little bigger than an A4 sheet of paper, which is ideal for holding up to 6 burgers side by side, or around 12 sausages, leaving room for them to be turned around.

                  *HEAT DURABILITY*
                  When using this product, I found that the heat lasts longer than the time it takes you to actually cook your BBQ food, which is always nice because you can then use the BBQ to give off heat if the weather isn't so nice.

                  *DISPOSING OF THE BBQ*
                  Thankfully, the BBQ is very easy to dispose of, as the coals turn to ashes, and although the base of the BBQ is made of aluminium to keep in heat while using the BBQ, this is not so overpowering that you can't touch the BBQ when disposing of it, which is a nice feature because you are not forced to leave the BBQ for hours to cool down.

                  *OVERALL*
                  Overall, I think this BBQ was a great buy for it being so cheap (around £5 maximum), and it is very effective considering the size of it!

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                    14.04.2013 22:37
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                    Very convenient and easy to use

                    This is a fun item in my opinion. I would not buy it for a serious BBQ, but for an impromptu trip to the beach, I have found these to be superb, though the proximity to the ground does often get sand on the food, especially if it's a windy day.

                    They "fire- up" easily and get up to cooking temperature quickly. For the money perhaps I am being pedantic, but obviously they cook at one temperature- flat out, as the food sits so close to the heat. However, if you take the right food, it is cooked to perfection. I would not recommend it for thick burghers or chicken legs, as I have found they tend to burn on the outside and be under-cooked inside. However, thinner burghers and sausages cook to perfection. I have used them with bacon which they cooked beautifully.

                    Ideal to have a couple in the cupboard for that spur of the moment trip.

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                      18.03.2013 14:03
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                      Great for small occasions

                      I don't know about you. But I love these mini barbeque boxes. In our party days me and my friends often didn't have much chance for the traditional house parties. It was often due to strict parents or inconvenient timings. Instead we hired (or borrowed) fields that were in nice secluded places. It wasn't til late in this that anyone perfected the art of making a decent fire and cooking over it. Until then we often had a large supply of disposable mini grills such as this one. Cooking of these proved to be much simpler than poisoning ourselves on the fruits of our badly constructed campfire. I may be past such days now (I still do festivals). These mini barbecues have still been a brilliant alternative to the giant expensive proper barbecue grills out there.

                      -The flamin hot-
                      The disposable mini BBQ grill is designed to be portable. They are very light nor to they take up a lot of space. There is also a plastic film around the rig to prevent the coals spilling around while in transit. It doesn't take very long to get up to cooking heat either. Once lit it takes only a few minuets for the flames to die down and bring you a fine cooking temperature. This last for about half an hour before it begins to die down past a decent cooking heat.

                      -The over crispy-
                      The main problem with these is lighting them. You have a special oil sheet that you need to light and place on the coals. To do that you need to unfold the foil tray and remove the grill. It it remarkably easy to burn yourself putting the grill back and folding the foil. Also because of the heat the foil tray can get very weak as well as hot so you need to leave it a long while before you can properly dispose of it. The grills tend to warp a little with heat also so you will have trouble keeping sausages on the tray. Lastly if your planning on doing a large party you will need to buy a lot of these. The half hour timing of these means some things will not have time too cook. Nor will you have the space to cook it all at once.

                      -the conclusion-
                      These little things are great for short get together or even countryside picnics. But nothing really more, they make a great alternative if you can't afford a full size BBQ but they will be more tedious to use. If your thinking of going on a camping trip. Personally I'd get a camping stove. The mini BBQ has its uses but it's one use nature limits it.

                      -safety note. Always use on a stone surface. Otherwise you risk melting/catching fire to the ground-

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                      15.03.2013 22:54
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                      A great idea for a treat on holiday

                      Sainsbury's Party Disposable BBQ
                      We use the Argos Kettle BBQ at home, and when we had booked for our summer holiday, we decided that we would make the use of the patio furniture that had been supplied with the caravan we hired, so we brought 2 Sainsbury's Party Disposable BBQ, as there was 3 adults and 1 child, and from previous experience we find the standard size too small.

                      =Price / Size=
                      I paid £4.99 for each of the BBQs, size this was the party size, I would say it was about 5in in depth, and was about twice the size of 2 standard BBQs, the nearest comparison I could think of would be a page of A3 sized paper.

                      =The Packaging=
                      Once you have removed the cardboard sleeve, the bottom of the BBQ is filled with charcoal and this has been pre-topped with a wire mesh, which is the cooking layer, this layer is securely fixed to the base of the unit.

                      =To Use=
                      We just gave the BBQ a quick tap on the side to even the charcoal out, then to light the BBQ you light the paper which is pre-lined into the BBQ and from here this works through the BBQ lighting it. Make sure that your cooking on a level surface and somewhere safe.

                      =Time=
                      It took about 20 minutes for the flames and the smoke to dispense, the flames were more from the paper, at this stage the charcoal had turned from black to white and was ready to be used.

                      =Heat=
                      I was very impressed with the heat from the BBQ, it cooked the food through perfectly, we had Gammon, Pork steaks, Beef Burgers, Sausage, Bacon, Pineapple and my favourite the baked banana. Once we had cooked the main food we left the banana to warm through.

                      =Taste=
                      The food had the smoky feel which you get from a BBQ, and taste wise there was no difference than cooking on a traditional BBQ.

                      =Any problems=
                      There was a good amount of heat from the BBQ, although I did find the less fatty items like the bacon did stick on the mesh and I had to force them off, I had no BBQ tools so I was using 2 forks and a spatula.

                      =Cooling Off=
                      I needed to make sure that the BBQ was in a safe place to cool down, as even though the cooking heat has gone the residue heat was still there, I placed mine under a seat, outside the caravan and disposed of it next day with the rubbish.

                      =Would I recommend=
                      I would recommend this BBQ as it was a lot better than those that I have previously used, although they are not cost effective to use on a regular basis, but for a change on holiday it is a good family time.




                       

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                      22.01.2013 23:02
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                      Great for what you pay for it and does its job

                      Sometimes I cant be bothered to fire up my normal BBQ so I decided I would purchase myself one of these and see how well they perform and I was amazed at what you get out of it for the money you pay!

                      It's very well priced and I picked one up from the super market for around £6 which is a definite bargain! It is easy to light and doesn't take a lot of effort, once lit it cooks most things that you may want to cook on a BBQ such as sausages and burgers, it does what it should do which is cook these things properly and has a decent lifespan of a couple of hours which is what you would expect something of this price to do.

                      The BBQ itself has a foil bottom and contains charcoal which burns very well in this item and also a wire mesh is included over the top which functions as a grill for anything that needs to be cooked on it. It not only can be used for things such as family BBQ's but can also be taken to places such as camp sites or even a park where an outdoor event may take place such as a festival. The pack itself is very easily disposed of once it has cooked down and this is a very good advantage since it will therefore not require any sort of cleaning up which makes a change from cleaning out a normal sized BBQ after use!

                      To summarize the product as a whole, it is very reasonably priced and is 100% worth the money if you are looking for a disposable grill/BBQ which you will use once and then dispose of and it does its job very well and I have no doubt with it at all!

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                      15.09.2012 18:21

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                      Cheap and easy portable BBQ

                      I bough this for my family during the summer as we wanted to have a BBQ but didn't have a proper one. They were reasonably priced, very portable and best of all - it worked! I have purchased similar versions of these BBq's in the past and have found that they havn't produced much heat but this one produced plenty enough to cook our sausages, burgers and kebabs. The bbq sustained it's heat for just under an hour which was plenty enough time to cook for 4. If there had been more of us, ie 6+, we may have struggled to cook everything on time. But a simple solution would be to puchase another unit. After we had finished it was a simple case of leaving the unit to cool over night and dispose of it in the general waste the next morning. Overall it was a great experience (i've brought a stash) and I highly recomend it!

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