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  • binky Moderator 8 Apr 2011 14:18:43 9,396 posts
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    You wrote a book..? ;D
  • boo 8 Apr 2011 14:19:36 11,702 posts
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    Yup - we've got a one-touch 57cm. That's a good size to cater for 4 people.
    The thing underneath is the ash basket.
    There's a lever on the side which rotates three metal arms which cover/open three holes in the base. When you're using the BBQ, you have these holes open, plus a small hole in the lid (also with rotating cover). When they're both open, it creates a draught which encourages the charcoal to burn.
    If you close them both off, it help the fire to die down.
    Once the ash is cold and has fallen through the grill to the bottom of the kettle, you just move the lever back and forth, and the arms sweep the ash through the holes, where it falls in the the ash basket.
    Unhook the basket and dump the cold ash in a bin.
    Job done.

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  • Alastair 8 Apr 2011 14:28:36 15,394 posts
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    boo wrote:
    Unhook the basket and dump the cold ash in your compost heap.

    Fixed. :o)

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  • billythekid 8 Apr 2011 14:52:38 11,010 posts
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    I'm so making this!
  • coda 8 Apr 2011 15:07:10 1,868 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    I'm so making this!

    I love those guys, I've been watching their videos for a few months now. The only problem is they make me feel really hungry and I'm way too lazy to attempt any of the things they cook.

    "It smells guh!"
  • binky Moderator 11 Apr 2011 09:19:55 9,396 posts
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    Did the beer butt chicken on Saturday afternoon, absolutely lovely. Doing a whole chicken like that on the BBQ was just really cool.

    Took forever to get the damn thing lit though. Was using a cheap bag of lumpwood charcoal from Sainsburys and it just refused to get going with a few firelighters.
    Ended up looking in the shed to find a bag of the instalight stuff (which I didn't really want to use but had no choice).

    I wasn't going to buy that Weber Stack lighter thing as it seemed pointless, but now I'm reconsidering my position! :)
  • boo 11 Apr 2011 09:29:45 11,702 posts
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    Buy the Weber chimney. Lighting them is a nightmare without, and a doddle with!
    Best BBq related thing I've ever bought!

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  • binky Moderator 11 Apr 2011 09:32:49 9,396 posts
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    Just read the reviews on Amazon. Does sound worth it plus eliminating the chemical smell of firelighters = win.

    Saw them in B&Q at the weekend. I'll go grab one today I think.
  • mrpon 11 Apr 2011 09:33:16 28,399 posts
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    Binky, hand back your man card please.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Dougs 11 Apr 2011 09:34:29 66,563 posts
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    I bought this one yesterday. I know gas is cheating, but fuck it, convenience is key imo
  • ModishNouns 11 Apr 2011 09:38:48 4,654 posts
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    Co-Op free trade instant lighting charcoal is the whore's drawers. Individually wrapped bags of charcoal - put an unopened bag on your BBQ and light one corner. It took two matches for me but after that it does exactly what it says on the bag.

    Ready to cook 30 minutes after the first match. I usually need a calendar to time my barbecues. Well impressed.

    Also, Coop's own beef grill steaks cooked on above. Bloody gorgeous.

    I'm hungry.
  • Dougs 11 Apr 2011 09:44:42 66,563 posts
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    Those bags are ace. They don't last as long as a proper coals, but good enough for a small gathering.
  • binky Moderator 11 Apr 2011 09:45:17 9,396 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Binky, hand back your man card please.

    I was cooking the "indirect method" Again, something I've not done before. I think where I went wrong was lighting it separately to the left and right. Should have just done it normally in the middle and then separated.
  • mrpon 11 Apr 2011 09:48:32 28,399 posts
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    So, what are your lighting methods? I'm a small circle of firelighters (about 4) in the middle, then build up a pyramid of charcoal. Light in the middle and leave for 20 minutes or so, turning coals as and when. Then spread em and cook.

    Gas? Are you having a laff?! :p

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Dougs 11 Apr 2011 09:51:10 66,563 posts
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    :D Hey, even my chef brother has binned charcoal ones for the ease and convenience! With the wee un. the less faffing about trying to light the fucker, the better imo
  • Chopsen 11 Apr 2011 09:57:48 15,699 posts
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    Have you tried the chimneys, dougs? They're a doddle. You literally just set it up, walk away, 10 minutes later totally sorted lit barbecue. Awesomes. Ok, there a vaguely terrifying moment where you "pour" the charcoal out of the chimney for the 1st time, but they're otherwise so easy even I can do it, and I'm a big girl.
  • Dougs 11 Apr 2011 10:09:48 66,563 posts
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    Then there's the cleaning etc...

    Yeah, f-i-l has a chimney, most excellent. I wanted a proper BBQ too but was talked around by the missus. If this one is pants (and I suspect it will be a little, you do get what you pay for after all), maybe when it dies on it's arse I'll get another charcoal one.
  • figgis 11 Apr 2011 10:18:11 7,383 posts
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    Thanks you cunts, I bought a Weber BBQ on sat (+1 for the chimneys, I got a cheepo Homebase one) and now have a mild meat overdose.
  • binky Moderator 11 Apr 2011 10:48:20 9,396 posts
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    :D

    I want to get out of the habit of just throwing every piece of meat imaginable on to the BBQ and then dying afterwards. That's why I went for the whole chicken idea.

    Typical British BBQ always seems to be:

    Sausages
    Burgers
    Chicken
    Steak
    Ribs

    I mean who the fuck would do that normally in a non BBQ situation. Mental :D

  • Dougs 11 Apr 2011 10:49:17 66,563 posts
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    Arrrgh, ribs. /drools

  • figgis 11 Apr 2011 10:59:48 7,383 posts
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    The whole chicken was excellent. Got to get used to cooking times on a weber, everything seemed to take no time to cook.
  • CosmicFuzz 11 Apr 2011 11:03:38 23,069 posts
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    Mmmm a whole chicken BBQ......... nice!

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  • binky Moderator 11 Apr 2011 11:11:31 9,396 posts
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    figgis wrote:
    The whole chicken was excellent. Got to get used to cooking times on a weber, everything seemed to take no time to cook.

    Totally. Mine was done just over an hour, for a large chicken. Was very surprised.
  • Alastair 11 Apr 2011 11:12:29 15,394 posts
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    Do these Webers have any rotisserie facility?
    I have retro-fitted a rotisserie to my crappy Hombease bbq. It kind of does the job, but the meat is a bit too high above the coals.

    Dad used to have a little cast iron BBQ where you could get it going, put the grill at it's lowest level then rotate the whole thing through 90degree so that the coals were vertical and you could rotisserie the chicken without worrying about flare ups.. Maybe I just need to do some more research..

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  • binky Moderator 11 Apr 2011 11:20:03 9,396 posts
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    Al - the beer butt chicken method works in the same way I guess.

    The coals were to the left and right of the BBQ. Shoved a beer can up the bird, then stood it in the middle (no grill). Shut the lid and let it cook like a normal oven. Chicken gets cooked perfectly all the way around.

  • boo 11 Apr 2011 11:27:01 11,702 posts
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    binky wrote:
    Shoved a beer can up the bird...

    Sorry! Going to need clarification on this please.

    /imagines can of Carlsberg exploding mid-roast

    Edit - Just youtube'd it.
    Odd, but I guess it works!

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  • binky Moderator 11 Apr 2011 11:38:17 9,396 posts
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    Tis very odd, but basically it works by giving the bird something to sit on and at the same time the (half filled) beer keeps it moist. Tried it in the oven once, wasn't as good and FAR too smokey.
  • coda 11 Apr 2011 11:44:10 1,868 posts
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    What's the best barbecue I can get for under 100?
  • boo 11 Apr 2011 11:48:43 11,702 posts
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    From the sound of it - a pair of return tickets to Binky's house.

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