Built in barbecues where very popular in the 1950s thanks to their compactness and the ability to create an outdoor kitchen with it. A built-in BBQ is known as a barbecue island which integrates with the furniture and it comes with a warming rack, burners, temperature gauges and flashing control knobs alongside the primary cooking area.
With a built-in BBQ you can easily add other accessories, burners or even drawers that will match your décor and make grilling more convenient. Built-in barbeques don’t omit the elegance of your outdoor kitchen as a matter of fact they make it even better. You can make a great entertainment space and easily decorate the patio to suit your guest’s sitting arrangements. You can even add a refrigerator, a sink with both hot and cold water, lighting for the late-night cookouts and multiple cabinets too.
Unlike stand-alone barbecues a built in grill is going to last you many years without any hindrance in performance. Since they are placed on the foundations of your house, they can withstand harsh weather conditions and even hurricanes. Stainless steel is a common material used on built-in BBQ’s which enables not only great protection from the elements but it also makes it easier to clean the grill.
Cooking on the patio will prevent the air conditioner from working twice as much to keep your home cool when cooking inside. Thanks to built-in barbecues you’ll be able to save some money and enjoy grilling under the shade of the Aussie sunshine. A built in barbecue is a great investment that will increase the value of your home as it is a great example of a long-lasting addition to every household.
Since you are able to store cutlery, plates and even a dishwasher (if your layout allows it) close to a built in BBQ, the number of visits to the kitchen are going to be reduced. A built-in BBQ will require less repairs and all you’ll need to do to keep it working optimally is some simple maintenance on your behalf.
Make sure you always keep the grill covered as this will prevent water and debris from getting into the drip tray and vents. When left unused for a long period of time, make sure you check the openings of the BBQ for insect nests, including the burner inlets, sparkers, igniters and clean them with a thin wire. This can affect proper functioning if left unattended.
Although built-in barbecues with ceramic briquettes won’t have to be cleaned that often, you’ll still need to season them to add some flavour to the food. To access the briquettes carefully lift the whole tray straight up and out of the grill. At the start of the grilling season, wash them using a soft brush and soapy warm water.
Cleaning the burners is another great way to keep the BBQ in good condition. Start by disconnecting the gas valve, propane tank or the plug from the wall then remove the burners from the grill and use a small bottle brush to clean the inside of the burner tubes. This will allow the heat to be distributed evenly. Clean the burners using a nylon brush and once you have all the dirt and food debris off of them you can put them back in place. Cleaning the burners once a month goes a long way.
The hotplate is the main part of built-in barbecues and it can easily make your food taste bad if you don’t keep its surface clean. To do that start by heating the hotplate for about 15 – 20 mins or until it becomes very hot. Afterwards cover it with cooking oil and sprinkle salt all over it. Scrape the hotplate with a BBQ spatula or a wire brush and wipe it with a clean paper towel.
The drip tray should be emptied on the regular by lining the base of it with tin foil and a 3-5mm layer of absorbent material such as kitty litter or crushed scoria beforehand in order to absorb the fat. When you need to replace the drip tray make sure that you push it back as far as possible to allow the air to mix with the gas otherwise you’ll cause fire damage.
In case the burner(s) doesn’t light up check the gas supply by manually lighting them up or check the pilot side of the valve for sparks while the gas isn’t running through. Check the spark area for debris and cobwebs if it’s clean proceed by checking if there is a spark. If there’s still no spark check the gas supply and valve for breaks and punctures.
If your built in grill is producing an improper flame check if you’re using the correct type of gas and if the burner gas inlet is blocked in any way. Also make sure to check if the top openings are clogged and the pressure too. Check if the gas tank is low and make sure you have the knobs dialled to the OFF position when you turn the tank valve on.
For an uneven burner flame you need to make sure that the grill is levelled and seated in the counter properly and that the burner is installed properly and sitting level too.