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Read this blog if you want to know everything about safe barbecuing on your balcony or terrace!
Nothing is better than - after a busy working day, for example - to turn on the barbecue and have a relaxing evening. How do you do that if you don't have a garden but a (small) balcony or roof terrace? With the tips mentioned in this blog, you will be able to enjoy a fun and safe barbecue on your balcony.
Before you start barbecuing on your balcony, first check the house rules of the HOA or the house rules of your landlord. There is no law that prohibits barbecuing on a balcony, but most HOAs have clearly stated in the regulations what is allowed and what not. For a good relationship with your neighbors in the apartment complex, it is useful to adhere to the rules!
If there is enough space around your apartment or apartment building, you can of course propose to organize a barbecue for all residents. If that does not work, it is wise to inform the neighbors in advance, so that they can collect the laundry before you start to barbecue.
Barbecuing on the balcony (or roof terrace) naturally starts with choosing a barbecue that suits you - and your neighbors. Whether you opt for a gas or electric barbecue, a stable surface is a must. In addition, a lid on the BBQ is also very practical – it stops smoke and odors. An additional advantage of using a lid is that your barbecue can act as an oven.
If you are you not willing or allowed to barbecue on charcoal on your balcony, then an electric BBQ is a good and safe choice. An electric barbecue does not have an open fire and therefore you will not be bothered by smoke and certainly not by blowing ash. You simply place it on your balcony table and it is ready for use within a few minutes.
NB: In some apartment complexes, an electric barbecue is the only way of barbecuing that is permitted by the landlord or HOA.
In addition to an electric barbecue, a gas barbecue is also ideal for use on a balcony or roof terrace. Unlike an electric barbecue, you are not dependent on an electrical outlet, but on sufficient gas in the gas cylinder. Take the CADAC Citi Chef 40 for example: this practical table barbecue is easy to take outside and carry around if you prefer to sit with your friends in the park or by the water – you can also take this lightweight barbecue with you on your camping trip!
The different types of barbecues all have their advantages and disadvantages. We list the differences for you in the overview below.
Quick start grilling
No smoke formation
Easy to carry
Suitable for balcony or roof terrace
Cheap energy source
Easy to clean
Infinite energy source
Authentic smoky taste
No power socket needed
With the tips below, your balcony BBQ is guaranteed to be a success:
Barbecuing on your balcony is the best thing there is, but the actual barbecuing shouldn’t take too much time as you want to catch up with your friends and neighbors that you have invited. With these easy BBQ dishes you will have tasty food ready quickly and have enough time to have a drink afterwards!
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