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Home Living : July 20th 2010
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Look after barbie HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Barbecues are such a big part of Australian life. It is synonymous in Australia with great tastes, celebrations and all-round good times. That humble barbie has become a part of Aussie culture, from simple sausages and steaks to the best modern Australian cuisine. With barbecues part of every Australian living and celebration, it's important to know a few basic points concerning buying and maintenance. To maintain barbecues, even during winter, we must apply some basic methods. Rod O'Brien, of Joe's Barbecues and Heating, points out the many dangers of not looking after your barbie. ''I am amazed how many of our customers see us after they've had food poisoning, or a gas leak, a snapped gas jet, or a fat fire,'' Mr O'Brien said. All this can be easily avoided by regular barbecue care. Here are some easy steps that can be carried out at home for less than $20: Use a flat scraper and a wire brush to remove the build-up of baked barbecued food on the cooking plate and grill. Use soapy water and rinse off thoroughly; Scrape and brush off the barbecued deposits from the barbecue frame and roasting hood. Use a non- caustic barbecue cleaner (available at barbecue specialist retailers for about $10-$12 for a 400g can) for this job. Spray on and leave for 2-3 hours, then rinse and wipe off. Leave in the open to dry off thoroughly before spraying a coating of oil on the plates and grills. This will form a protective layer and will burn off during reheating prior to your next use; Replace lava rocks or volcanic rock and thoroughly brush or scrape out heat deflectors and vaporisers. If Weber-styled Inverted-V Shaped, then soak in a bucket of soapy water then wipe off; Clean out your drip tray and replace with proper barbecue fat absorber. Don't use kitty litter. Before placing fat absorber in your drip tray, line with aluminium-foil shiny side down. Fat absorber should be spread evenly across the drip tray about 1-2cm deep; Check your gas cylinder for dents, leaks and excessive rusting. Gas cylinders should be within 10 years from date on the collar; Clean the exterior of your barbecue and cabinet trolleys with warm soapy water or a mixture of a mild detergent. Be wary of barbecues which are constructed using a painted finish, as they may tend to have their exterior coatings rub off; Check the barbecue control knobs to ensure they are free from obstruction. Spray a can of WD40, which will loosen the friction if needed. Test your gas hose connection to ensure there are no leaks. Listen for any hissing. You can even use soapy water sprayed along the gas lines, which will bubble if leaks are present. Re-oil the plates and grills; and Preheat your barbecue for about 5-10 minutes on high before your first use of the season. Avoid leaving this too long, though, as you will buckle the plates. Re- oil with Canola oil. You're now ready to grill. SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C WINTER SPECIALS SAVEUP TO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUP TO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172567i hln wk42 CALL 1300 888 743 www.theleafman.com.au All our products are manufactured from BlueScope Colorbond® Steel ELIMINATE LEAF CLOGGED GUTTERS GUTTER GUARD The Leaf Man Australia Pty Ltd - successfully protecting gutters and water collection across Australia for over 10 years. Keep your gutters and roofing protected Ensure maximum water collection with minimum debris Protect your gutters and roofline from embers and bushfires 0% Flammability & 0% Ignitability index as tested by the CSIRO Colorbond® Expanded Steel Protect your gutters and roofline from unwanted pests & vermin Preferred product for water saving systems INCLUDES FREE GUTTER CLEANING 2150485i hlc wk30 For a Free Measure and Quote ring us on 9540 3222 Extend in Glass and add light and Space to your home with a Glass Roof Extension, Entertainment Area or Conservatory. We are Gold Licensed Builders and do everything from Designs, Plans and Council Approval. (Shading system available) Glass Roof Experts ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: email@example.com PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys 2271155i hln wk44 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c Security lic. no. 408925402 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT
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