Have You Chosen The Right BBQ Grill Brush?

There are essentially two types of BBQ grill brush. One is the basting brush which is used to coat the food with oils, sauces and other ingredients and the other is the cleaning brush. While both are regarded as accessories, they are actually basic necessities if you wish to grill something. You cannot do without these two types of BBQ grill brush. In both these categories, there are several variants. There is no standard design of the basting brush or the cleaning brush. As you explore more designs and brands while shopping for these, it is likely that you would get a tad perplexed as to which one you should choose.

Here’s a brief guide to the various types of BBQ grill brush that is meant for cleaning.

•    At the very onset, you will find extremely small brushes, mildly longer ones and some very long ones. You need to understand what these differences imply when it comes to cleaning. A very small brush will allow you to clean, possibly as effectively as a longer brush, but it would need you to be much closer to the grill. As you may be aware already that grills need to be cleaned while they are still hot or at least warm. Thus, getting closer to such grills to clean them is not exactly a very pleasant idea. What you need is longer brushes.

•    There are some multi-action brushes that have bristles in multiple directions which are aimed at making cleaning a much simpler exercise. But as you explore many such multi-action designs, you would notice a flaw in almost each one of them. The brushes have to be turned to use the alternate sides or the multiple actions. When you are cleaning grates or in between them, it is not so simple to turn a bulky brush in any way. What you need to a BBQ grill brush that has bristles pointing to various directions, ideally covering 360 degrees so you don’t need to keep turning the brush this way and that way.

•    The third attribute that also distinguishes BBQ grill brush models is the make. What type of bristles it has, whether it can be used with enamel coating or cast iron coating, such factors should be weighed in while buying a BBQ grill brush. It would take you a while to look for the perfect BBQ grill brush but it would be a wiser purchase.

Top 5 Tips When Purchasing a BBQ

This season of winter sales is a great time to buy your new BBQ. You will be able to get some great deals online and in stores. Here are my top 5 buyers tips to consider to find the perfect BBQ for you.

1. BBQ size matters! Think about how much space you have in your garden, backyard or garage. The last thing you want to do is return home with a BBQ that swamps the space at the back of your house or apartment. If you can afford a larger BBQ, and you want it to be ‘parked’ outside, make sure that you get a suitable cover for your BBQ so that it doesn’t take too much of a bashing from the elements!

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2.Think about easy storage and mobility. If you are looking for a larger BBQ for entertaining and for cooking up big BBQ feasts, make sure you can easily move the BBQ around. I have seen so many BBQ’s on the market with small wheels that definitely wont move the heavy BBQ. At best I have seen friends struggling to ‘wheel’ their BBQ back to the garage in a way that resembles dragging, taking half of the garden with them in the process! Make sure you opt for a BBQ that has 2 large wheels on one side of the BBQ, so that you can tilt and wheel it into position.

3. How much cooking space do you need? There are plenty of different BBQ’s on the market with different cooking options. You can get 1 to 6 gas burners on gas BBQ’s (sometimes more), and medium to large grills for coal BBQ’s. You can even sometime find gas BBQ combo’s with separate gas burners on the side for cooking up your pot stews, rice and other hot sides. Make sure you consider what you need rather than what you think you will use as you might be throwing good money away on an option that you are not going to use. I personally like to opt for a large grill charcoal BBQ so that I can cook up a storm, and if there are any other sides to cook, I don’t mind putting those extras on the stove in the kitchen. I rarely need to use the kitchen however as I will throw almost anything on the bbq!

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4. Think about durability. Although you may think that opting for a small, cheap kettle BBQ is a good idea for cost effectiveness in the short term, they will usually not last for more than a couple of years, and the frame and parts rust very easily. Look for an option that gives you the space for cooking that you need, coupled with a solid frame that will last well and provide you for many happy BBQ years.

5. Design needs. Consider whether you want extra space and shelving for storing cooked and uncooked foods whilst you prepare your feast. I always think it is a good idea to have at least two flat surfaces on your BBQ to put food, BBQ tools and plates, condiments, etc. Otherwise you will probably end up needing an extra food trolley at an extra cost anyway!

Enjoy looking for the perfect BBQ this season. Winter is often the best time of year to buy the perfect BBQ as you can get your hands on relatively cheap discontinued lines in larger homeware stores. Happy Shopping!