Archive for November, 2011

BBQ Mitts

If you have done any amount of backyard barbecuing, you know how easy it is to get your hands in the wrong place and suffer a nasty burn.

Sometimes you may just wish you could get your hands in there to handle that unruly piece of meat. BBQ gloves let you do just that. You no longer have to depend solely on those unwieldy barbecue tools; instead, you can stick your hands right in and get the job done right. But before you do, make sure you choose the right pair.

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BBQ gloves need to fulfill two basic requirements: they must have enough pliability to allow a fair amount of dexterity, and they must have enough heat resistance to protect hands from burning. Manufacturers have come up with all kinds of different materials to accomplish these goals including leather, rawhide, treated cotton, neoprene, Kevlar, Nomex, and silicone.

Materials that focus solely on heat protection often sacrifice pliability. This results in mitts that are hard to maneuver and can lead to accidental dropping or smashing of food. On the other hand, a focus on pliability can sacrifice heat resistance, resulting in uncomfortably hot temperatures, sweating, and burns. The best mitts are those that successfully meet both criteria.

What to Look For in BBQ Mitts

  • Flare-Up Protection–BBQ grilling invariable involves unexpected flame flare-ups. It is important that the BBQ gloves you choose not only resist the radiant heat of extended periods close to the flame, but also withstand actual contact with the flames. If they fail to do so, they may ignite and cause serious burns to the hands. Cotton gloves tend to be the least flare-up safe, but watch the stitching material on other gloves. Some stitching can be flammable.
  • Length–Many BBQ gloves are relatively short (around 12 inches). This length may protect the hands, but it doesn’t cut it for active grilling.  Many grills are up to 35 inches deep. Reaching across a grill that deep with 12-inch gloves will leave areas of the arm exposed to pretty intense temperatures. Fifteen-inch gloves are better, but the 17 or 18-inch lengths seem to offer the best protection without sacrificing maneuverability.
  • Washable–An often  overlooked factor in BBQ gloves is their ease of cleaning. BBQ is messy, from the cooking to the eating, and while it may be easy to wash up your hands after enjoying a nice meal, cleaning some of the gloves may be a chore. Choose gloves that can be easily washed up with soap and water, both inside and out. There are always those times when you forget and stick your raw-meat covered hands into the gloves.

Ready for the Grill

BBQ mitts may revolutionize your outdoor cooking experience. Hands-on ability really improves cooking dexterity and ensures the finest cooked meals, the kind that will impress your friends and family. Choose your mitts well and enjoy your days of grilling!

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BBQ Igniters

The BBQ igniter is a simple tool with many applications. Of course, it is made for the primary purpose of lighting gas grills. Unfortunately, however, BBQ igniters sometimes get a bad reputation for being undependable.

BBQ Igniters: The Little Tools that Accomplish Great Things

It seems like every time you want to light the grill, the igniter fails to work properly. This requires you to go in the house and dig around for a match or lighter to get your grill going. A little known fact is that the igniter is rarely the cause of such undependability. More often, the burners are not properly feeding fuel to the igniter, which makes it difficult to light.BBQ igniters

How a BBQ Igniter Works

BBQ igniters use piezo electricity to create a spark that lights the gas in a grill. When we think of electricity, we think of plugging something into a wall, or inserting fresh batteries to power a device.

Piezo electricity is different from what we normally think of as electricity. If you speak Greek, you will recognize the word “piezo” as meaning pressure. Piezo electricity is essentially an electromagnetic charge generated by applying pressure to something. There are certain crystal elements that produce electricity when they are struck with force. In a BBQ igniter, one of these piezo electric crystals is struck, which causes it to emit a spark to light the grill. The spark is small and only lasts for a split second, but it is all that the gas needs to light quickly.

What to Do When Your Grill Won’t Light

If your grill won’t light after you’ve turned on the gas and hit the igniter, there are a few steps to diagnose the problem. Remember to turn off the gas and remove the propane tank completely before attempting any diagnosis or repairs.

1. With the gas turned off and the tank removed, locate the igniter element and watch it as you press the igniter button. If you see a small spark jump across the element, you know your ignition issues are not caused by the igniter. If there is no spark, your easiest option may be to get a replacement igniter. BBQ igniters are available at many online retailers.

2. If you see a spark on the igniter, the problem is likely with the gas burners. With the propane tank still safely disconnected, remove the burners one by one and check for signs of blockage. If there is any blockage in the burners, replace them.

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Aussie Grill Parts Won’t Put Your Wallet ‘Down Under’

If you happen to be the lucky owner of a fantastic Aussie grill, you know you got a great value for the price. What happens when you need Aussie parts, though?

Aussie Grill Parts and Warranties

These wonderful grills heat very quickly—reaching 550 degrees under 5 minutes—and they are not only convenient, they are a lot of fun to use with all of their cool accessories. This article is filled with information to help you if you are looking for Aussie grill replacement parts and Aussie BBQ Parts.

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Aussie’s parts come with a 1-5 year warranty on them, and you can find detailed information about the various parts and their warranty on the Aussie grill parts website. If the part isn’t under warranty, or the warranty has expired—don’t despair—there are many online retailers that sell replacement parts at a reasonable price.

Aussie Grill Parts: Where to Find Them?

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One of the great things about the advent of the internet – is your options for finding exactly what you need are limitless! That’s true with finding parts for your Aussie grill also.

Having the power of choosing from many retailers and venders gives you the ability to do some research and find the best deal possible. Of course you can also have the local retailer where you bought your Aussie grill order the part for you, or if you’re lucky enough—maybe they even carry some of the grill parts there in the store.

If you want to save shipping charges, and possibly some time, that may be your best bet. Otherwise looking online may the simplest option.

For lack of space, we’ll just highlight the most common replacement part that consumers buy—the 15 ¾ inch cast iron burner. We’ll also list some of the places where it can be found online, and what that website’s price for the burner is. Most of these websites carry many additional Aussie parts also. Tip: Make sure you have the grill model and your part number handy to help you streamline your search time.

Aussie Grill Parts and Online Retailers

Amazon.com, of course. Get an Aussie Cast Iron Burner Here!

Tip: Don’t forget to factor in shipping and handling charges for your grill parts that you order online, and you also need to find out what the warranty would be on the new part, if any.