I loved camping when I was younger and, although I don’t get to do it as much as I used too, I am sure I would love it now. Yet, now I am older, I don’t think I could handle the badly burned sausages/burgers I used to cook on a cheap BBQ (you know the ones I’m talking about, the ones from supermarkets that cost £5 that you throw in the trash). These are just about bearable for the very rare one night but if, like me, you want to camp for a week or two then these simply will not do.
If I am spending a substantial amount of time in a tent, on a field, facing the night time chill then I want decent meals, hot drinks and something that emits enough heat that I can enjoy an evening outside without catching hypothermia. Something like the Trapezoidal Stove.
From experience we know that convenience and space saving is key when planning what equipment to take with you, especially if you’ll be trekking
to your location rather than by car, which is why the Trapezoidal Stove comes with removable legs making packing and transporting the BBQ easier. When you’ve finished your camping trip and are back home, simply reattach the legs and stand it in your back garden – it’ll be a great addition and will provide a talking point to all the guests you invite over. If looked after as per our instructions, the heavy grade steel BBQ should last for many garden parties to come.
The door opens towards you and drops down to the floor, avoiding the possibility of it swinging back towards you and burning your arm while you are restocking the firewood in windy conditions. This door has two handles on, one of which locks the door in the closed position and the other opens the intake damper. For those unaware of what an intake damper does (I was before this product!), it helps you control the fire by providing, or depriving, it of oxygen. Open the damper all the way and the temperature will rise as the fire is flooded with oxygen, close it and you can starve the fire until it burns out. In addition to the intake damper, the Trapezoidal Stove comes with an exhaust damper in the form of an 840mm double insulated skin long flue that’s attached to the BBQ and allows oxygen in and lets the excess smoke out whilst retaining heat. These two dampers combined give you everything needed for a long lasting, hot burning fire that’ll easily cook substantial meals and hot drinks to keep you warm through the night. Imagine going to bed full of a large bowl of chilli and waking up to a full English breakfast – much better than charred buns and burnt sausages.
Painted with a special paint that’s heat resistant to up to 600 degrees Celsius, preventing charring and peeling, the BBQ is really easy to use although you should always follow the instructions provided as to not overheat the stove in the beginning. Simply stock the main compartment with firewood and close the door while you wait for it to heat up. When it reaches the correct temperature, simply place your pots, pans and kettles on top of the hotplate to start cooking. If you want to speed up your cooking, you can remove the cover in the top plate with the handle provided. Have more than one pot to cook? The hotplate will keep food warm while you are cooking various elements – curry with freshly warmed naans anyone?
At £89.99 the Trapezoidal BBQ Stove is the ideal present for any enthusiastic campers, fishers or cookers out there. Offering style, quality and longevity, this is a BBQ that’ll last. I can’t wait to see what you cook; share your pictures below, on our Facebook or Twitter pages (#TrapStove)