BBQ buying guide for the little balcony
Buying a BBQ is not just for homeowners with big backyard. Everyone can live the joys of BBQ. All you need is just some space.
If you live in an apartment or condo, there are some small questions to ask before shopping for your future BBQ.
Grill and tape
First, it is important to know the dimensions of the terrace / balcony. Measurements in feet, inches, meters and centimeters are accepted. Measurements in: “It’s look like that. Or measurements in: “Look at the picture from my balcony” are much less effective.
Therefore, save yourself a return trip to the store: Note the dimensions of the space where you want to put your BBQ. The BBQ expert who will advise you will be able from the beginning to eliminate the options that do not work and direct you to the BBQs adapted to your reality.
If your balcony or terrace has a weight limit, it’s just as relevant to know it.
BBQ arnarchy and municipal by-law
Second, please know the municipal regulations in effect in your neighborhood or city. Some homeowners also put an “anti-BBQ” clause in the leases. Although BBQ is synonymous with freedom and happiness, unfortunately some rules must be followed.
In fact, the BBQ experts, as the title says, are BBQ experts and, despite all their good will, are not experts in municipal by-laws.
However, needless to worry, 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 are wondering if they should protect their BBQ with a cover. Still, if your BBQ is in plain view, 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 he 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 you have finished using it.
- Avoid grill cover. It keeps moisture and may rust your BBQ prematurely.
I think therefore I am… a pitmaster
Then, get to know yourself. For how many people do you BBQ? What are you cooking on your BBQ? Do you make BBQ all year round or only during the summer? Do you want to be able to move your BBQ easily or will it always stay in the same place? The advisors will usually ask you these kinds of questions to better establish your needs and advise you wich BBQ suits you most.
However, barbecues are very versatile and offer a thousand of gadgets all more convenient than the others. It’s also very easy to get lost. What you do with your BBQ is yours. Nobody blames you if you do not have a rotisserie or if smoking is not part of your dreams of life.
For these reasons, the more you know about your habits, the easier it will be to advise you.
Delivery and secret of the gods
When you buy a BBQ, in general, it is possible to have it delivered to the house (we offer it).
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 detail as possible about the place of delivery.
Because, as the saying goes so well: Two savvy deliveryman are worth … two who arrive with the necessary equipment to deliver your BBQ easily without damaging the BBQ or the places.
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 arrive at the result. It’s when you miss your shot that it leaves a little bitter taste.
So, at your balconies and good BBQ!
Written by Tony Bélanger