Getting Down Under Australia

Project Barbecue – Every good Aussie home needs a barbecue right?

Our New Gas Fired barbecue. Where's the meat?I love barbecues, even in the UK, during the one or two sunny days we got each year I always made an effort to chuck a couple of sausages on the barbecue which were duly burnt beyond all recognition.

I wasn’t alone either; I think it’s fair to say that in the UK the popularity of barbecues really is on the increase.

Even last summer (in the UK) when we had a run of oh, about 7 days of good weather, charcoal was selling like hot cakes and the smell of barbecued meat, and minor food poisoning filled the air.

I always fancied a really nice gas barbecue but I could never really justify the cost of something so pricy just to have it sat in the garage for over 360 days of the year.

Now we live in Australia however it’s a completely different story! ;)

Barbecues and Australians really do go hand in hand, ‘chucking a few snags on the Barbie’ is a term synonymous with Aussies throughout the world and I really wanted something that could really go that extra….snag.

Me being me I didn’t want some average little thing either, we’ve spent over two years getting here so it had to be big… Oh. And silver!

I’d looked around quite a few stores and saw this particular barbecue a while back, it has enough room to cook a whole cow and a side ‘wok’ burner just in case you need a bit more room.

It looked really nice in the shop, all big and shiny, so I bought one last week. The only problem was it came flat packed so before I could even think about what kind of culinary delights I was going to prepare on the Barbie, I had to put the damn thing together first.

The packaging was huge and as I unwrapped over 90kg of barbecue it quickly became apparent that this wasn’t going to be a two minute job either! Infact it took me most of last Saturday afternoon to put this beast of a barbie together.

I’d say I’m actually pretty good when it comes to putting together stuff, unlike many blokes I even make an effort to read those things you often get called ‘instructions’.

The instructions that came with this barbecue were pretty pants though I must say but after 3 hours, half a dozen beers and minor sun stroke I managed to get the job done.

I even took pictures along the way. Click each thumbnail to see project barbeque come together before your very eyes ;)

 Barbecue in a box  Box number 1 unpacked  barbecue Box number two unpacked  The rest of the contents of barbecue box number 2  The barbecue frame starts to take shape  The Barbecue frame gains a back  The barbecue frame gets doors  The barbecue is added to the frame  Side burner and Shelf added to the barbie  Gas bottle added to the barbecue  The barbecue is located in it's new home for now  Look everyone my gas barbecue even works!

All we need now is a few kilos of meat and we’ll be sorted!

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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9 years ago

I just picked up a new Weber Genesis BBQ and can’t wait for the grill season to start again!

13 years ago

Congrats on the new Barbeque. Looks very impressive indeed !!! I think you are all set for a some grilled stuff and more beer, if you will :)


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