BBQ Buying Guide

Everything You Need To Know About Summer BBQs

bbq guideLearn everything you need to know to find the ideal barbecue that suits your own individual needs. There are various factors to consider and questions to ask prior to purchasing a barbecue.

Enjoy Summer, entertain guests and enjoy delicious meals in your garden with the perfect barbecue. You must take into consideration the type, usage, cleaning and care when searching for a barbecue.

Read our buying tips below which will enable you to make the best decision.

Questions to ask when choosing the right BBQ

  • What lights your fire?
  • What will you be cooking?
  • How do you intend to use the BBQ?
  • Have you suitable storage or space?
  • What are you prepared to spend?

Charcoal or Gas?

  • Convenience – gas is far quicker to use
  • Space – before buying a BBQ, consider where it’s going to sit. A small patio or covered area is not ideal for a large charcoal BBQ. Gas grills are safer in smaller areas – no flare ups
  • Gas grills need to be kept a safe distance from any structures
  • Cost – gas grills are generally more expensive to purchase; but are cheaper to run

Gas BBQs

The most popular BBQs, they heat up faster and are easier to control. We recommend Propane for the BBQs we supply.

  • It’s the most stable gas to use in high and low temperatures, especially freezing, making it suitable for exterior storage and use
  • The low boiling point makes it vaporize as soon as it is released from its pressurized container
  • It provides more energy than natural gas
  • More environmentally friendly as it does not contain lead; it creates low greenhouse gas emissions and provides water vapour and carbon dioxide

Differences between Propane & Butane

  • Although we recommend propane, butane can also be used with some of our BBQs with the correct regulator
  • Propane works better than butane in colder temperatures, butane remains in liquid form and the gas pressure drops, potentially impacting on how well the food is cooked
  • Propane is released at a higher rate
  • Butane can burn hotter than propane (it’s most commonly used for gas cookers)
  • Propane regulators are red and internal size is 27mm
  • Butane regulators are blue, with a standard internal valve of 21mm


  • Most common alternative to gas for fueling BBQs
  • Made from carbonised wood which helps give the food that authentic grilled flavour
  • Charcoal BBQs can get hotter than gas BBQs and emit stronger smoke flavours
  • Heat is controlled by adjusting the vent and lid
  • Charcoal should be put on the grate and not directly at the end of the BBQ bowl
  • It’s important to take care of them as excess debris and ash can make it difficult to control the fire

BBQ Covers

  • Covers are available for all of our gas BBQs
  • We recommend customers protect their BBQ from weather conditions by using one
  • They come in either 100GSM or 350GSM
  • Start at €3.50 to €15
  • Please show customers the covers when they are purchasing a BBQ

BBQ Usage

  • Before using, light all burners and turn up the heat to full. All BBQs should be pre-heated for at least 5 to 10 minutes
  • Adjust burners to the different temperature levels you want food to be cooked
  • To avoid flare ups, use the lid to restrict the oxygen, keep BBQ clean, use lean cuts of meat and avoid cooking at high temperatures
  • Recommend that the customer covers BBQ when left outside
  • After the barbecue session, turn the lighters on high for 5 mins to burn any remaining food particles
  • Upper Cooking Grid – keeps food warm, cooks delicate foods or bread
  • Side Burner – Like a normal hob for boiling or frying

Cleaning the BBQ

  • Heat the BBQ on full for approx. 15 mins to burn any remaining food particles on the BBQ
  • Once cooled, brush the particles off. Remove the grates and wash using soap and water
  • Once grates are dry, apply cooking oil to act as a barrier against oxidising
  • Each time before cooking, apply a small amount of cooking oil to the grate, this helps the food from sticking
  • For charcoal BBQs use a stiff wire brush to clear any rust or residue off the grill grates