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A BBQ Must!
Member Name: Abski2001
Advantages: Easy to use, long burning
I have now had two successful BBQs so far this year, a good start when you take into account the Scottish weather! This time we decided to try it on our Balcony and by the time we had finished work and bought the food, drink etc. the sun was going and the wind was picking up, but we persevered and if it wasn't for these Zip Firelighters we would have gone hungry!
We bought these Zip firelighters late last summer time and kept them as we didn't get much chance to get the BBQ out given the rubbish weather last year! The pack we have contains thirty individually sealed firelighters. The firelighters are an off white/grey speckled colour to look at and have a solid liquid looking appearance. They come in a cardboard box with the zip branding and black background with flame detail around the name. All safety instructions and directions for use are on the box.
These firelighters can be used for home fire (indoor and out) as well as BBQs, however my experience is only with the latter. To make your BBQ charcoal or briquettes light you place a layer of them on the bottom of your BBQ tray, then take a firelighter and crumble or half the piece in between your fuel, you can use as few or as many firelighters as you need or feel comfortable using. As myself and my friends are quite useless we use lots! once you have placed the lighters all around the BBQ you can then add another layer of charcoal and use a match or piece of newspaper to ignite the firelighters.
These are very easy to light and set fire to, so you do not have to worry about burning your fingers holding them in a BBQ inferno. Once the firelighters have caught they burn for more than enough time to heat the charcoal pieces and get them burning. Once this starts happening I tend to place the coals in triangular piles, with the hottest at the bottom and ones that haven't quite caught on top. This makes sure you have an evenly heated BBQ grill for cooking. You can also stick a firelighter in the middle of the triangle to get them going even
The great thing about these Zip firelighters is that they are clean and don't give off nasty fumes or smoke and they are very simple to use. We had quite strong winds on our balcony and without these the BBQ would definitely not have started at all! I am no firelighter expert being a fair-weather BBQ user but these really are good value, simple and safe to use.
These are available in most major supermarkets retailing for about £2.50 for a box of thirty (we used about 8 cubes for a medium sized BBQ) and online at sites such as Amazon.
Summary: A necessity for my BBQ success, highly recommended for making life easier!
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