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Nothing like a good barbecue to fully enjoy his garden. When space is lacking, mobile devices are convenient. But the ideal remains
the masonry barbecue.

BBQ: Which barbecue model to choose for its grill?

Choose the location

The size of a barbecue is equal to that of the masonry itself plus the space required for traffic and safety.
It is also necessary to take into account the evacuation of the fumes. Ideally, a barbecue is oriented perpendicular to the prevailing breeze so as to preserve the focus of wind gusts and to promote constant warmth. These instructions are important for charcoal, less for gas and unnecessary for electric models. Avoid, however, that the fumes are turned down on the guests.
Also be careful not to install the barbecue too close to the house: grill smells take advantage of doors and windows open to spread inside and, if it is against the front, it stains irretrievably.
• Once the location is determined, you need to worry about the seat. If the installation grows, and especially the weight, a reinforced concrete foundation becomes indispensable.
• Why not take the opportunity to bring water and electricity, especially if you plan to install a full kitchen? Think about it before pouring the slab; you will move the networks below.

The barbecue has become the essential accessory of a garden, south as north of the Loire. But regulation is struggling to adapt, even though the influence of Europe has considerably contributed to improving their security. Thus, the prohibition of a fire in his garden also applies to barbecues. No less than nine standards deal with this subject. In particular the NF EN 1860 series, plus three European directives, as well as several decrees, notices and communications. At the time of choice, the lesson to be drawn is that the model must be CE marked.
It remains to determine the barbecue that will suit you best. Mobile, it is about carts mounted on wheels. Fixed, it can be coated masonry, metal, reconstituted stone, natural stone or brick.
You can start self-construction by using traditional techniques (breeze block, concrete...) or opt for the kit. Everything is then provided, including the assembly plan. Design errors are eliminated and construction is within the reach of the greatest number.

Avoid first prices

In this vast family of kits, models can be classified into three price ranges, corresponding to specific categories.
It only takes € 150 to buy a model ready to mount a built-in barbecue. At this price, you have the minimum, that is to say, two jambs, a stone slab and a small backsplash to protect the embers from the wind. This simplicity is also found for the assembly.
In return the cooking surface is sometimes reduced, as the height of the slab. There is no service to install the accessories. If you have children, the risks are the same as with a mobile barbecue, the possibility of a changeover less. If your budget is limited or if you miss the place, prefer a good barbecue on wheel, with many storage tips, quickly stored and barely more expensive.

Take the time to choose

A comfortable cooking surface, storage under the slab, a reluctant and a drain for better control of cooking and channeling fumes: this is the classic definition of a masonry barbecue.

Prices start around 250 €. In reconstituted stone, brick or natural stone, the choice is vast and determined by the appearance, the style, as well as the proposed facilities. For example, these barbecues are often equipped with a serving table.
• To compare prices, check whether a removable fireplace is included or not (see table) and ask for the delivery conditions. Some models exceed half a ton and become difficult to store in the trunk! Visit several points of sale. With a little experience, you will find that each range is based on the same base, sold at different price levels depending on the number of options (hood, serving) and the quality of the stone, natural or reconstituted. Each point of sale offers its own finishes. Visit several (note that you can not forget anything), you will quickly find the representative of the family that offers the best value for money to suit your needs.

Real outdoor kitchens

When the equipment and the accessories take precedence over the cooking space, that the simple service develops in true plan of work, that the arrangements are equipped with doors and that the whole costs several thousands of euros, the barbecue basic is transformed into an outdoor kitchen. The principle of design is comparable to that of any kitchen: you choose the number and use of different modules and you associate them as you wish: wine rack, secondary fireplace, sink and refrigerator cover, all is possible.

Energy and cooking mode

As a general rule, kit barbecues are provided without a fireplace. It is therefore possible to supplement them according to the type of energy preferred (wood and charcoal, Butane gas or Propane, electricity).
• Wood and charcoal
In France, this method of cooking is our preference, but it is the most difficult to control and more dangerous. Accidents are common, especially during ignition. And the first victims are not children, but young adult men... Clearly, the kings of grilling, as this activity remains their monopoly. Compliance with safety instructions is simple. Also remember that cooking on the embers releases more or less toxic compounds.
• Butane gas or Propane
Powered by a bottle, the burner is placed under a bed of refractory materials (lava stones). The rise in temperature is very fast, the heat homogeneous and adjustable. The main constraint is bottle management, which requires one or two replacements per season.
• Electricity
Electric barbecues are rare, except for small table hearths. The vertical models are the ones that come closest to traditional grills. The horizontal plate appliances provide cooking comparable to that of a pan.
In any case, adding a fireplace (rather cast iron) is preferable. This helps preserve the barbecue. Be sure to check the odds, especially if there is a rotisserie. Count on average from 100 to 400 € for a standard fireplace, depending on the cooking method and the energy used.
Fashionable... the plancha
This sheet metal plate is placed on the hearth and allows direct cooking by contact: ideal for small parts such as shrimps and vegetables... The plancha is the Spanish version of the Savoyard stone or baking on Asian stone. This accessory is available for all three types of energy and offered as a gas-fired independent fireplace. Be sure to clean the plate after each use.

Bread ovens

Bread ovens

A wood oven and a barbecue can be associated in the same structure but they are two independent elements. Indeed, where the barbecue uses instant heat embers, the oven exploits the heat stored in its mass. That's why a wood oven is always more imposing *. The more it is massive, the more it retains the heat and restores it homogeneously. It must also be built in a material that stores heat, such as firebrick.
Obviously, wood ovens are offered in kit (Panyol, Four Grand Mère, Tom Press...). The prices of a kit to assemble start around 900 €, excluding delivery. Be careful not to be fooled by the dimensions. Indeed, in addition to the kit, it is necessary to provide a thermal mass of at least 10 cm thick (slab, sand, brick, etc.). It is therefore necessary to take care of the seat.

All the solutions under the magnifying glass

Stone kit
Stone kit
Traditional masonry
All taxes included price)• From 300 €.
• Average price 800 €
• From 150 €.
• Average price 800 €.
• From 500 €.
• Average price 1,500 €.
• From 100 €.
Composition and implementation• Pre-assembled terracotta brick panels.
• Installation with thin-joint adhesive mortar
• Blocks and molded panels
and trenches in reconstituted stone (mortar, stone powder).
• Fireplace brick fireplace.
• Assembly with thin-joint adhesive mortar.
• Blocks and stone panels
quarry, limestone most often.
• Fireplace brick fireplace.
• Assembly with thin-joint adhesive mortar.
• Brick, block or block
of cellular concrete.
• Reinforced concrete fireplace lined with refractory material (brick
or mortar).
• Bastard mortar (adhesive mortar for cellular concrete).
Implementation: points to watch for• At each step, perform blank tests before gluing.
• Be careful to respect
vertical alignments
and horizontal, otherwise there will be gaps.
• Blocks and panels, can be handled by one person except the slab
of focus.
• slight discrepancies may
be compensated with the thickness
some mortar or some wood grater (or grinder)
• The weight of the whole requires a good preparation of the site, an armed slab for example.
• Perform the two-way editing.
• Check the horizontal and vertical levels well.
• Mounted element by element,
the yard is long and messy.
• The pouring of the slab
is delicate (dosage, formwork, hardening).
• Anticipate the treatment of joints (brick) or the coating (cinder block
and cellular concrete).
Behavior in use• The terracotta is aging very well.
It faces the years and the bad weather to the point that it is useless to seek to protect it with a clear varnish
or a waterproofing treatment. The refractory brick is even more resistant.
• Perform slow and steady firing to allow blocks and joints to dry. Otherwise they can burst.
• Reconstituted stone is susceptible to fouling, deposits of moss and lichen.
• Avoid splashing grease on stones during the first season. Subsequently, a natural layer of cullet is formed.
She patines the stone and protects it.
• The firing is long.
A minimum of three weeks
is necessary to evacuate the moisture contained in
masonry. But a barbecue
well built is indestructible.
Advice • A hard barbecue is durable by definition. Attention to the effects of fashion.
• Prefer a style that is characteristic of the area where the house is located.
• Pay attention to the quality of the artificial stone. Compare the dosage between the stone powder and the binder that composes it.
• The reasonable price and the diversity of the models proposed You are likely to find the model that will suit you.
• The stamp of the cut stone is inimitable and sign the prestige achievements.
• Proposed by the same manufacturers, a barbecue of this type is chosen as an indoor fireplace.
• Study the possibility of having it put by a professional.
• In addition to an attractive realization cost, self-construction has the advantage of being the only fully custom-made solution.
• This is also its disadvantage:
it's up to you to create the plan!

A lid on the fireplace reduces the emission of fumes, keeps the heat and allows to prefer the cooking on the spit. This system is common on gas fireplaces, more rare for wood. For electricity, it is then rather a transformation into a pizza oven.

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