& BBQ on!
At The Warehouse, we’ve understood for over 20 years what Kiwis love in a BBQ and our Gascraft BBQ brand is now one of the most respected and recognised BBQ brands in New Zealand. Each year we strive to bring Kiwis the latest trends and features – and make the desirable, affordable.
But when considering the purchase of a new BBQ, there are several important factors to consider and questions to ask. There are a great number of options out there and we're here to help you work out which is the best kind of BBQ for your needs and work through some of the important features you’ll see in modern BBQs.
You’ll also want to consider your budget - we believe we’ve got that covered - and you may need to consider the size of your entertaining area, so we offer options from small portables through to the big, fully featured 6 burners.
Firstly, how many people are you cooking for?
If you’re only likely to cook for 2-4 people, you’re unlikely to need a big 6 burner giant. But if you do a lot of entertaining or often cook for a crowd then a larger BBQ is going to serve you well. So consider your size requirements. Many smaller grills will feature the same types of specifications as larger, more expensive units.
What sort of features to look out for?
When checking through the range of BBQs in The Warehouse you’ll find plenty of functional design features and levels of specification. What should you look for?
Quality and Safety
Modern Gas BBQs are all built to comply with applicable international safety standards, and all gas BBQs sold on the New Zealand market must show evidence of this by featuring the NZ Gas Safety Compliance Mark prominently on the BBQ itself. It looks like this and is often shown on the data label, a mandatory label on the BBQ itself that features technical data.
Buy with confidence when shopping for gas BBQs at The Warehouse. All our gas BBQs are fully compliant with NZ Gas Regulations and we can assure you, the consumer, of the safety of our gas BBQ range.
Cleaning and Maintaining a BBQ
We’ve got a few simple ways to clean and maintain your BBQ to ensure you get years of enjoyment and good cooking out of it.
Step 1. Turn off and disconnect the gas
Before you start cleaning your barbecue, check that the gas hose isn’t cracked or has deteriorated. You’ll need to replace it if it is. Then turn off the gas bottle and disconnect the hose. It’s a good idea after each use to disconnect the gas bottle from the barbecue.
Step 2. Clean the tray
Remove the tray from the barbecue and scrape away the excess fat on it. Wash the tray in hot soapy water thoroughly. You should wear dishwashing gloves when doing this, as it will allow you to use very hot water, which will cut through the grease and fat.
Step 3. Clean the grills
Scrape away any excess fat and cooked scraps of food from the grills. Then thoroughly wash them in hot soapy water. Make sure you wash both sides of the grills to get rid of any fat that might have dripped underneath.
Step 4. Wash the barbecue
Before putting the grills back, give the barbecue itself a good clean with hot soapy water and a soft scouring pad.
Step 5. Apply oil to the grill plates
Wipe the grill plates dry with paper towel. Then spray both sides of the grill with canola oil to protect them. Put the grills and tray back in the barbecue
Step 6. Add fresh fat absorber to the drip tray
Line the drip tray with aluminium foil and put some fat absorber in the tray. The absorbers collect fat, preventing fat fires from occurring. Do not use kitty litter or sand for this because they create odours and encourage rust. Place the tray back under the grills. It’s a good idea to change the fat absorber after every 10 barbecues.
Step 7. Clean the outside of the barbecue
BBQ wipes are a great way to keep the barbecue looking good between big clean-ups. Remember the better you take care of your barbecue, the more years of great cooking you’ll get out of it.