When people think of BBQs, they think big. Big steaks, big gatherings, big 4-burners. There are many situations, however, where big barbecuing is simply not an option due to the limited space in which you have to cook.
What is also not an option, however, is not barbecuing at all.
Welcome to my series on BBQs in Small Spaces. I’ll be going into the considerations that need to be made and the options you have for buying BBQs for three small areas, including apartment balconies, caravans and campers, and boats.
First Up: Apartments
As our urban populations continue to rise, more and more people are being forced away from houses with sizeable backyards and in to high-density apartment blocks with no backyards at all.
Many people see this as the death knell for their barbecued dinners, but it needn’t be. There are plenty of options out there for apartment-dwellers who want to keep the fires burning.
Things To Consider
Unlike with a boat or caravan, an apartment BBQ doesn’t have too many limitations. It needn’t be transportable or protected from a marine environment. In fact, the only thing it has to be is small enough to fit onto your balcony.
Therefore, the most important question to ask yourself is: “How much space do I actually have?” When considering this, make sure you leave some space to cook, grow some herbs, have a small outdoor setting, and whatever else you want to use your balcony for.
Also remember that even the smallest BBQ cooking surface should be adequate for feeding you and whoever else lives in the apartment. And if you’re having a party, you can always cook in several batches.
As I said earlier, when choosing your apartment BBQ, you’re really only limited by the size, not the type of BBQ. There is such a wide range of BBQs available that you can choose almost any type you like in whatever size you like. Here are a few options:
2-Burner Gas BBQ: For something similar to your traditional 4 or 6-burner backyard barbie, get a little 2-burner. It’ll do everything the big boys do, only with less food. They’re all fairly easy to move around, but if you want to make it extra easy, get one with a handy trolley.
Charcoal BBQ: If you prefer the smoky flavours of charcoal cooking to gas, there are plenty of options for your balcony. Most charcoal kettle BBQs will easily sit out of the way in a corner of your balcony. They are also fairly lightweight, making them easy to move around if need be.
Kamado Cooker: For something different, as well as compact, you can’t go past the kamados. These egg-shaped outdoor cookers will barbecue, roast and smoke, and they’ll look great on your balcony.
Electric Wall Mounted BBQ: When it comes to space saving, this is the benchmark. As I’ve said previously, this barbie is not only a thing of beauty, but also function when it comes to small spaces, as it’s the only BBQ that folds up to the size of a briefcase.
What do you think? What type of BBQ do you use for your apartment balcony? Join me next time for Part 2 of my series on BBQs in Small Spaces when we’ll look at buying a BBQ for your boat!