Exterior barbecue gas point ?

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  1. Jac Sprat

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    Apologies if this is old ground for many....
    We are considering having a gas point fitted on our Hymer outside to power a plug in barbecue. We have LPG cylinders fixed for heating etc (does anyone do this on electric?)
    Can anyone give me a ball park figure for for the work involved and average cost of average gas (or electric) barbecue?
    Much appreciated as ever.
     
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    Gas only, we have not come across an electric option. Dealer fitted point 180, bbq as much as you want to pay but google cadac or camping gaz.
     
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    Thank you
    Any recommended barbecue? Nothing fancy just big enough for four
     
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    As @Neilfg just said a cadac Safari isn't a bad choice.
     
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    Innocent question, now sit back and watch the arguments..........

    I would recommend a Weber Q gas model. Then you can use it anywhere. Several sizes but the smallest will probably do. But make sure you get it with a direct connection to gas, rather than using small gas canisters. Best on the market but not cheap. And, used properly (low and slow with the lid down), the nearest you will get to an authentic charcoal effect in a portable gas BBQ.

    Having said that I have a Q200 (older model), but it is a bit too big and heavy for the two of us. I bought a cheap smaller and lighter gas BBQ in the USA and use that now. Works well, but I hanker after bringing the Weber out of retirement.
     
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    Cadac Safari Chef is probably too small and Cadac Chef is bigger, but Cadac are expensive I think, Camping gaz may be worth looking at.
     
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    Camping gaz presumably doesn't require a plug in to existing LPG?
     
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    I can feed four with a Safari Chef with no problems at all. One of those four is usually the boy, who eats enough for about 12 people. If it can cope with him it can cope with anything.

    We've got a bigger gas bbq as well that's sat in the garage at home for ages now. We just use the Cadac.

    Depending on the configuration of your van fitting an external gas point is easy. Less than 50 quid for the bits and about an hours work. I fitted my own but I don't recommend that unless you know what you're doing.
     
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    Camping Gaz make many different BBQs some only work with canisters others anything just like Cadac, they just appear to be a bit cheaper than Cadac e.g CampingGaz Party Grill 400. We also have a Safari Chef and it works very well you can do alot with it easy (ish) to keep clean and tidy.
     
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    not sure about your Hymer, but our bottles are on the near side and our awning on the offside, that may just complicate the routing of the pipework, not know what is in the way

    We are now using one of the camping gas stoves and a frying pan, cook outside without the BBQ to clean afterwards, we have also carried an electric BBQ / griddle, obviously only any good on hook up, but still something else to clean

    The older I get the lazier I get :)
     
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    Clench those buttocks!!
     
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    If I could buy all over again I would get the weber. Super bit of kit. As it is, we use the small cadac when we cook outside
     
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    Thanks
    What's good about the Weber?
     
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    Do you have a towbar ?

    ferris wheel bbq grill.JPG
     
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    Having owned one I have been entirely converted to the American way of BBQing, low and slow with the lid down. It has a heavy cast iron grill and a cast aluminium domed top that you can close down whilst the food is cooking. The cast iron maintains the heat and still enables some fat to smoke to surround the food, to give it a BBQ type taste. Heat the grill on high for 10 minutes, then put the food on, close the lid and turn the heat down. Closed lid means less oxygen and therefore fewer flare ups, so no burn't sausages that are raw in the middle. With thinner cuts you just turn them once half way through and they are done.

    It is very flexible. I have used it to cook the obvious burgers, kebabs, steaks and sausages, but also I have done a pizza, and a roast chicken and pork (not all at once). Also roast vegetables are nice as are things like sweetcorn or fish wrapped in foil and baked. Last time away with the smaller non-weber one I have I even managed to cook oven chips.
     
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    Now that is what you call a real BBQ (or grill as the yanks call it). My son made himself a smaller charcoal one out of an old oil barrel, with attached smoker box. That was on wheels but did not have a tow hook.
     
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    That sounds like my Dutch cooker which we carry with us and use every day.
    I just fancied plugging in an outdoor BBQ outlet for entertaining and warm evening.
     
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    For the connection you should find where the gas manifold is, there could well be a spare valve on it. The location of the gas bottles is irrelevant.
     
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    I have the babyQ for the van and a larger 3200Q at home.....fantastic kit, cooks brilliantly (as an oven or BBQ) - remember keep the lid closed "because if your lookin, it ain't cookin....."
     
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