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userTSG
Posted: 7 September 2018 1:06 PM
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Hi all,

New user. Hoping to ask a few queries about some camping kit.

I actually own a tent for my camping, but thought that this question would encompass most campers.

Anyone got some good recommendations on decent barbecues?

Me and my mates have started planning some trips, but we can't live off portable BBQs forever ...

Had a look at a few on amazon but I'm not very well informed on which ones work best:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kbabe-Stainless-Outdoors-Barbecues-Multicolor-Orange/dp/B06XD6Z23Y/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1536321801&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=camping+barbecues&psc=1

We're going to have a whip around to afford it, so I should think we have a reasonable budget.

Cheers if you can help.

userWasn't Me
Posted: 7 September 2018 1:22 PM
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Gas or charcoal?

If you are looking for gas, Camping Gaz do a range of Cadac's

https://www.cadacinternational.com/uk/products/camping-range/carri-chef-2/?variant=Carri%20Chef%202%20BBQ%20/%20Plancha

Or Cobb https://www.cobb-bbq.co.uk/

They are both pretty versatile.

Hope this helps

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userTSG
Posted: 7 September 2018 1:46 PM
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Thanks. Looking at Charcoal, if possible.
userMrsJ
Posted: 7 September 2018 4:30 PM
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We use a portable bbq which we had from Lidl 3 years ago and have seen them there since. Viewed from the side they are a X shape and close up to fold flat for easy storage. Not much money - I think £10 /£12 'ish. We use it with those pre packs of charcoal that you light the paper so its clean and easy. We saw some the same type in Halfords that looked like stainless steel so we got one as back up but have not used it yet as the original is still o.k.
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Posted: 7 September 2018 5:01 PM
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I have 2. One has a battery powered rotisserie and cost me about 8 Ff ( french francs) when I bought it in the 80's still does a wonderful job and the rotisserie bit is the envy if other campers. 
The other is a cheap Wok with holes drilled in it and a piece of weld mesh for the grid. It sits atop an old pan. Wok was a couple of £'s from a market, as was the pan. Have enjoyed many a beer watching these work, and then the food is pretty good too! No need to spend lots. 
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Posted: 7 September 2018 10:46 PM
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MrsJ - 2018-09-07 4:30 PM

We use a portable bbq which we had from Lidl 3 years ago and have seen them there since. Viewed from the side they are a X shape and close up to fold flat for easy storage. Not much money - I think £10 /£12 'ish. We use it with those pre packs of charcoal that you light the paper so its clean and easy. We saw some the same type in Halfords that looked like stainless steel so we got one as back up but have not used it yet as the original is still o.k.


They where removing them from Lidl on Wednesday evening, as end of season!

Depends how much you want to spend, and how big you can carry
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userGeeco
Posted: 8 September 2018 4:40 AM
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Hi Tom, in this country amongst the RV community the Webber Baby Q is the standout leader. There are a few pretenders that are supported by a minority but the high top Q is king. There is a strong soft carrybag available making it easy to fit in the hold of a motorhome or in the boot of a car if you are tenting it.The lighter weight models are probably good if weight or space is an issue. When we tented we had a two burner gas stove on a stand. There was a BBQ plate as an option. We sat a gas bottle beside the stove with a long extension pipe screwed into the top of the gas bottle. On top was a gas lamp and the BBQ screwed into a tee in the extension tube. It feed our family of 4 for several years. The downside was the gas lamp needed a new lintel? (Edit: Mantle) almost every trip due to vibration when travelling destroyed it. I would be using an led lamp today. In summary gas every time for me. Cheers,

https://www.weberbbq.com.au/barbecues/weber-q/baby-q/baby-q-premium-q1200au/

https://www.anacondastores.com/camping-hiking/camp-cooking/camping-stoves/coleman-triton-2-burner-stove/90050554?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw_rTg8Gq3QIVDQUqCh1O2gwTEAQYAiABEgLdjPD_BwE
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Posted: 8 September 2018 7:19 AM
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Charcoal BBQ do have a place on a campsite as long as it's as far away from my unit as possible The acrid stench of lighter fuel, coupled with great billows of smoke causing many to close windows and doors while enjoying the great outdoors No real problem with gas operated BBQ apart from knowing what's on the menu by guessing if it will be undercooked chicken or burgers. The bright side though of this pagan act is to watch while they sit with umbrella over them when it starts raining trying to look that they are enjoying this experience.
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Posted: 8 September 2018 4:14 PM
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chas - 2018-09-08 7:19 AM

Charcoal BBQ do have a place on a campsite as long as it's as far away from my unit as possible The acrid stench of lighter fuel, coupled with great billows of smoke causing many to close windows and doors while enjoying the great outdoors No real problem with gas operated BBQ apart from knowing what's on the menu by guessing if it will be undercooked chicken or burgers. The bright side though of this pagan act is to watch while they sit with umbrella over them when it starts raining trying to look that they are enjoying this experience.


May I second the above statement.

Alan
userMarcol
Posted: 8 September 2018 5:56 PM
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chas - 2018-09-08 7:19 AM

Charcoal BBQ do have a place on a campsite as long as it's as far away from my unit as possible The acrid stench of lighter fuel, coupled with great billows of smoke causing many to close windows and doors while enjoying the great outdoors No real problem with gas operated BBQ apart from knowing what's on the menu by guessing if it will be undercooked chicken or burgers. The bright side though of this pagan act is to watch while they sit with umbrella over them when it starts raining trying to look that they are enjoying this experience.


You, or the people next to you , obviously have no idea how to use a charcoal BBQ correctly from your description of what happens
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Posted: 8 September 2018 6:02 PM
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If you want the best portable charcoal grill. This is the one
https://www.weber.com/GB/en/barbecues/portable-barbecues/smokey-joe-series/1126804.html
userpolo
Posted: 8 September 2018 6:23 PM
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For me the Weber go anywhere solidly built will last for years I have had mine for about 12 now and still good as new and used a lot. As for lighter fuel never! Now wood and wax starters are so good and use quality charcoal not supermarket crap. One advantage of the GO is when cooking is finished you can close the vents and it will be cold enough to move in about an hour
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Posted: 8 September 2018 6:52 PM
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polo - 2018-09-08 6:23 PM

For me the Weber go anywhere solidly built will last for years I have had mine for about 12 now and still good as new and used a lot. As for lighter fuel never! Now wood and wax starters are so good and use quality charcoal not supermarket crap. One advantage of the GO is when cooking is finished you can close the vents and it will be cold enough to move in about an hour


Agree 100%. The only thing I would add is the use of a small chimney starter to get the coals fully alight before emptying onto the charcoal grate. I also find the Weber briquettes give a good, long lasting heat.
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Posted: 8 September 2018 7:10 PM
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In my opinion the disposable barbecues take some beating. Easily found for as little as just £1.....no faffing around with cleaning, easily packed, take up very little room in vehicle, light up....wait 10 minutes, chuck the meat on and job done! Once finished with some water poured over soon cools it down enough to chuck in the bin.

My son has a very expensive gas powered Weber on their patio at home. Still looks like brand new as they've only used it a couple of times.

Many of the purpose built barbies seem overpriced to me. If you must have this type of 'barbi' then you won't go wrong with an old oil drum cut down to size. Doesn't take much skill to knock one up, will cost a fraction of any fancy purpose built, and last for years.
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Posted: 9 September 2018 12:50 AM
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Sorry tried to post an image but it is not happening!

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userTSG
Posted: 10 September 2018 9:00 AM
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Hi guys. Cheers for the responses. I've taken a look through.

Saw an option of one of these 'smokeless' charcoal barbecues (which I can't easily get my head around!). They sound convenient though.

Has anyone tried one/owned one?

Some good reviews for it:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lotusgrill-Smokeless-Charcoal-Barbecue-Anthracite/dp/B008ZSNNSA

Managed to find a cheaper one here:

https://caravanandmotorhomeparts.com/products/teide-bbq-by-feuerdesign

Cheers.
userpepe63
Posted: 10 September 2018 9:08 AM
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My first thoughts would be, how easy is it going to be to clean...thoroughly...and whilst camped in a field...?
I prefer something simple and that I can easily line with foil making the clean up easier...

I don't want to be spending ages soaking and scraping a bbq, before it can be packed away...


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Posted: 10 September 2018 9:27 AM
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Apart from causing nuisance to neighbours, barbecues have become notorious for undercooked food. Undercooked steak isn't too bad because e-coli lives on the surface - until it is minced into sausages and burgers distributing it to the undercooked inside. Then there is Salmonella in Chicken ......
One person getting incapacitated by food poisoning is bad enough. But what when its all of you in a motorhome, long way from home and nobody to drive it back.......
I'll stick to my pressure cooker - sausages and burgers look a bit pale but at least I know they are safe and not dried up - even when cooked straght from frozen

Edited by John52 2018-09-10 9:36 AM
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Posted: 10 September 2018 10:12 AM
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I live in NZ barbys are a part of the life. I live in the country and will happily burn a tree to cook a sausage.
The idea that a barbeque would be offensive to your neihbours is very very strange,a charcoal bbq takes no time to light up and has no offensive odours 'weird pom complaints' we bought a portugese bbq many years ago from a lidle in portugal 'our first lidle' it was tiny realy meant for cooking sardines not much more than 300 mm wide but we could feed 4 mum dad and the kids off it and never a raw steak would love one now 'barbeque that is' .Charcoal is the way to go gas is convenient but some are really just outdoor frypans.
p.s. expat pom 40 years.
pps. Maybe you should eat more steak and chicken or maybe Haggis
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Posted: 10 September 2018 11:24 AM
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I found the problem with charcoal is that it can still be smouldering the next morning, and hot coals are not a safe thing to leave about. Recently a young girl's feet were badly burned by stepping on discarded charcoal, and I've seen many a charred waste bin where folk thought the bbq was out and set the rubbish alight.
I use an induction hob on hook up, which means you can cook bacon for breakfast and the hob is cold by the time you're ready to move on.
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Posted: 10 September 2018 11:38 AM
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jjsbc - 2018-09-10 10:12 AM
The idea that a barbeque would be offensive to your neihbours

Well if your neighbours are committing suicide by breathing in barbecue smoke (yes that happens) I don't suppose they would object to poisonous black smoke drifting their way ....
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Posted: 10 September 2018 11:40 AM
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Some people love loud rap music and can't see why its offensive to their neighbours
Wheras its civilised good manners not to force things (including poisonous smoke and odours) on to people when they haven't asked for it...
You shouldn't assume everyone likes it as much as you do

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Posted: 10 September 2018 3:18 PM
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I agree John. The amount of people who think their darling little dog is loved by everyone on the campsite amazes me.

Not everyone loves dogs , especially the yappy little ones. So I’ll carry on with my charcoal Bbq as long as “dog lovers” let their dogs bark at all hours of the day and night

And before you all say my dog doesn’t bark, every campsite I’ve been on there’s always a barking dog so that statement can’t be true of everyone

And yes we had a yellow Labrador for 15 years , but when he died the grief was too much , such that we’ve never had another dog
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Posted: 10 September 2018 3:19 PM
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John52 - 2018-09-10 9:27 AMApart from causing nuisance to neighbours, barbecues have become notorious for undercooked food. Undercooked steak isn't too bad because e-coli lives on the surface - until it is minced into sausages and burgers distributing it to the undercooked inside. Then there is Salmonella in Chicken ......One person getting incapacitated by food poisoning is bad enough. But what when its all of you in a motorhome, long way from home and nobody to drive it back.......I'll stick to my pressure cooker - sausages and burgers look a bit pale but at least I know they are safe and not dried up - even when cooked straght from frozen

I agree - if people don't know how to cook properly,  then  BBQ cooking is not for them but it ain't rocket science to cook really well on a BBQ. Don't blame the equipment-  blame the numpties who can't use them properly! 
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Posted: 10 September 2018 3:29 PM
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laimeduck - 2018-09-10 3:19 PM

John52 - 2018-09-10 9:27 AMApart from causing nuisance to neighbours, barbecues have become notorious for undercooked food. Undercooked steak isn't too bad because e-coli lives on the surface - until it is minced into sausages and burgers distributing it to the undercooked inside. Then there is Salmonella in Chicken ......One person getting incapacitated by food poisoning is bad enough. But what when its all of you in a motorhome, long way from home and nobody to drive it back.......I'll stick to my pressure cooker - sausages and burgers look a bit pale but at least I know they are safe and not dried up - even when cooked straght from frozen

I agree - if people don't know how to cook properly,  then  BBQ cooking is not for them but it ain't rocket science to cook really well on a BBQ. Don't blame the equipment-  blame the numpties who can't use them properly! 


Spot on sir
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Posted: 11 September 2018 7:43 AM
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Marcol - 2018-09-10 3:18 PM
Not everyone loves dogs , especially the yappy little ones. So I’ll carry on with my charcoal Bbq as long as “dog lovers” let their dogs bark at all hours of the day and night


Well that makes you worse than them doesn't it?
Loud noise isn't going to damage your health (unless its loud enough to damage your eardrums in which case you can temper it with earplugs)
But toxic chargoal fumes will. Thats why people have been using it to commit suicide with since car exhausts were cleaned up with catalytic converters etc. We don't allow others to damage our health with cigarette smoke or unneccarily polluting car exhausts etc. We have smoke free zones to stop people poisoning our cities. So why do they allow it on campsites?
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Posted: 11 September 2018 7:58 AM
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laimeduck - 2018-09-10 3:19 PM

John52 - 2018-09-10 9:27 AMApart from causing nuisance to neighbours, barbecues have become notorious for undercooked food. Undercooked steak isn't too bad because e-coli lives on the surface - until it is minced into sausages and burgers distributing it to the undercooked inside. Then there is Salmonella in Chicken ......One person getting incapacitated by food poisoning is bad enough. But what when its all of you in a motorhome, long way from home and nobody to drive it back.......I'll stick to my pressure cooker - sausages and burgers look a bit pale but at least I know they are safe and not dried up - even when cooked straght from frozen

I agree - if people don't know how to cook properly,  then  BBQ cooking is not for them but it ain't rocket science to cook really well on a BBQ. Don't blame the equipment-  blame the numpties who can't use them properly! 


I saw a public health programme where the tested a few of the new high priced premium burger chains for e-coli. They didn't find unacceptable levels, but they did find the insides of the thick burgers had not been heated to a temperature that would kill them. Maybe the premium burger chains were particularly careful about where they sourced their meat .. or just lucky as only a few were tested?
The mass market burger chains like Mc Donalds seem to get round it by putting 2 thin burgers in their big mac rather than one thick one - controlling the grill temperature and timing the cooking process to perfection so they are sure the inside has reached a temperature to kill any bacteria.
I can't be that sure of the quality of the meat I buy when travelling, or controll the cooking process that closely on a barbecue!! so put it in the pressure cooker where you can boil it long enough to thoroughly cook it through without drying it up.
It might come out looking like pig-swill, so woudn't do to serve in a restaurant, but at least I know its safe and leaves you with a nice warm feeling inside
instead of excrutiating pain from food poisoning
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Posted: 11 September 2018 8:09 AM
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Posted: 11 September 2018 8:20 AM
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Most pro kitchens and a lot of us amateures use an instant read food thermometer if we feel we want to serve food close to the guidlines. ie not cremated or dry!
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Posted: 11 September 2018 10:00 AM
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after having read all the posts just don't eat anything don't light fires or barbeques get a life what a bunch of no hopers
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