Portable Gas Barbecues

Portable Barbecues: A Quick Guide

There’s nothing better during the summer than getting out the old barbecue and dishing up some smoky delights for your guests. Whether you are a BBQ addict or just an occasional outdoor cooker, choosing the right gas barbecue is important. Ideally, you want it to be portable and easy to use.
Here’s our quick guide on what to look for:

Why go Portable?

First of all, if you want to be able to use that barbecue as much as possible. Opting for a portable model means that you can simply put it in the car or caravan and take with you wherever and whenever you want. So, for instance, if you have a sporting event or festival to attend, it means you can cook up a feast easily. For those who regularly go camping, a portable barbecue set is ideal.

Portable Char-Broil Patio Bistro 180 Gas BBQ Grill - Black
Price: £143.99
3.0 out of 5 stars
  • Stylish and Contemporary Tabletop BBQ
  • Ideal for Smaller Gardens or Trips Away
  • Features Innovate TRU-Infrared® Technology
  • Cooking Area: 38cm Dia.
  • 1 x Main Burner
Outdoorchef CTOUTD – Portable Gas barbecue, 42 x 48 x 50 cm, Black
Price: £226.26
5.0 out of 5 stars
  • Non-stick Round Iron grill.
  • Folding legs, main compartment and lid made of porcelain, includes a grease collecting compartment, as well as a bag for transporting the grill.
  • Patented and unique system of roasting without briquettes. Porcelain Round Grill (diameter: 42 cm) for roasting
  • Round porcelain barbecue.
  • Electric ignition.
Campingaz 3-in-1 Stove Cv Version With One Burner Valve - Blue
Price: £90.52
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Multi-functional
  • Stove, griddle and grill
  • Large, family sized cooking surface
  • Removable cooktop and grease pan for easy cleaning
  • Compact for transport and storage
  • Porcelain-coated lid for even cooking
  • Secure, locking latch
  • Autostart (Piezo ignition)
  • Power: 1500W
  • Regulator Included

Disposable Charcoal vs Portable Barbecues

While the cheap disposable charcoal barbecues are often hailed as providing that unique smoky taste and smell, they can be a devil when you need something portable. Very rarely is there enough charcoal in the barbecue to properly cook more than a couple of burgers and that’s if you manage to get it lit. A gas barbecue has several advantages. First, the propane can be a lot cheaper than constantly buying new disposables and it heats up a lot quicker, and doesn’t run out of heat midway through cooking! Gas barbecues are also much easier to deal with after cooking – you don’t have to worry about the fuel debris that remains behind – that’s important if you’re taking your BBQ out into the big, wide world.

Top Tips for a Great Barbecue

There are a number of factors you need to look for when choosing a portable barbecue. One is the BTU or British Thermal Unit. This is a measure of the heat your barbecue is going to produce. Ideally, you should be looking for something that has around 100 BTUs for each square inch of cooking area. It’s generally not something that buyers look at though it can be important, especially if you are using your set regularly, for example, while out camping.

• Sturdiness is another factor when considering portable barbecues. If you are moving something around and transporting it from place to place, then it makes sense to choose one that looks and feels robust. Essentially, you want something that combines portability with strength.
• You also want a barbecue that is going to be easy to clean. It’s no problem if you are using at home, but when you are taking your gas barbecue on the road you basically want a model that is as simple to clean as possible.
• If you are opting for a gas barbecue, one thing you do need to seriously consider is the gas tank and how you are going to carry it. The good news is that this area of BBQ tech has improved over the years and you can get lightweight and highly portable tanks to take with you on your travels.

Finally, while being portable, your barbecue also needs to be big enough to cope with the cooking you want to carry out. There are a range of sizes available nowadays, including mini barbecues that are no bigger than the size of a large book. They’re great if you suddenly want to do some cooking down the local park. A lot, of course, will depend on the space you have available whether you are out for a camping expedition with friends or simply want a portable set that you can use at home.