BBQ buying guide for little balconies
Written by Tony Bélanger
Buying a BBQ is not just for homeowners with big lawns. Everyone can enjoy barbecuing. All you need is the perfect that fits your needs and fits on your patio.
If you live in an apartment or a condo, there are some things you need to verify before buying your BBQ.
Grill and tape
First, it’s important to know the dimensions of the space you have for the BBQ. Measurements in feet, inches, meters and centimeters are accepted. Measurements in: “It’s approximately that big. Or measurements like ‘’Here is a picture of my balcony” are much less efficient.
Therefore, save yourself a second trip to the store: Note the dimensions of the available space for your BBQ. The BBQ expert who’ll advise you will be able to eliminate the options that won’t work for you and will propose a BBQ well-adapted for your needs.
If your balcony has a weight limit, it is also relevant to know.
BBQ arnarchy and municipal by-law
Second tip : Be aware of the city regulations that take place in your neighborhood or your city. Some homeowners also put an “anti-BBQ” clause in the leases. Although BBQ is synonymous of freedom and happiness, unfortunately some rules must be followed.
In fact, the BBQ experts, as the title stated so: are BBQ experts and, despite all their goodwill, are not experts in municipal regulations.
However, needless to say, the BBQ industry has more than one trick in its bag to grill legally. We will definitely find a solution for you.
Grill cover or chain with padlock?
Third, many people wonder if they should protect their BBQ with a cover. Still, if your BBQ can be seen from the street, you should rather ask yourself how to protect it from thieves. If you are from Montreal or know someone from there, you surely know an anecdote of empty beer pack stolen from a balcony or the the story of the guy who got his bike stolen even though it was on the 4th floor. These anecdotes also arrive with BBQs.
Opt for models that can be easily secured with a chain and a padlock.
You can also opt for more compact models that fit easily inside when the BBQ has cooled down.
PS : Yes, : avoid grill cover. It keeps moisture and may rust your BBQ prematurely.
I think therefore I am… a pitmaster
Then, get to know yourself. How many people will be there for the cook-out? What are you cooking on your grill? Do you do BBQ all year round or only during summer? Do you want to be able to move your BBQ easily or will it always stay on your patio? The advisors will usually ask you these kinds of questions to better establish your needs and advise you on which BBQ suits you the most.
However, BBQs are very versatile and offer a thousand of other accessories. Depending on your needs, a rotisserie might not be mandatory for you. You may check what are the different accessories available for your BBQ, however, make sure that the accessories you’re choosing, will be used and won’t stay in its box.
For these reasons, the more you know about your habits and the way you cook or want to cook : the easier it’ll be to advise you and help you pick up the BBQ that suits you better.
Delivery and secret of the Gods
When you buy a BBQ, it’s usually possible to have it delivered.
If you live at the end of a spiral staircase, in a dwelling on the 73rd floor where the elevator is broken or if the only access is by an alley the width of a bike path, it is useless to hide it from us . Give us as much details as possible about the place it’ll be delivered.
Because, as the saying goes so well: Two savvy delivery man are worth … two who arrive with the necessary equipment to deliver your BBQ easily without damaging the BBQ or the patio.
Remember that buying a BBQ is just like doing BBQ. You can do this Hot’n’Fast or Low’n’Slow. All means are good to fulfill your purposes. It’s when you miss your shot that it leaves a bitter taste.
So, at your balconies and good BBQ!