Public barbecues offer a fantastic way to enjoy a meal outdoors with friends and family. But if you've never used one before, you might be unsure about what to expect. In this article, we'll guide you through the basics of using a public barbecue, so you can make the most of your outdoor grilling experience.
No Booking Required
Most public barbecues operate on a first-come, first-served basis. There's no need to make a reservation—just show up and claim an available barbecue. During peak times, such as weekends and holidays, it's a good idea to arrive early to secure a spot.
Cost and Operation
In general, public barbecues are free to use. Please note that some locations may have restrictions on the time of day when they can be used, so it's a good idea to check with local council or signage to ensure you're grilling within the allowed hours.
To start the barbecue, simply press a button or flip a switch. The barbecue will typically stay on for 10 to 20 minutes before automatically turning off. If you need more time, simply restart the barbecue using the same method.
Bring Your Own Supplies
Remember to pack your own food, cooking utensils, and cleaning supplies. At a minimum, you should bring:
- Tongs / Spatula
- Cooking oil or spray
- Cleaning brush
- Paper towels or wipes
- Trash bags for waste disposal
- Water for drinking and cleaning
Although many public barbecue locations provide a tap or water fountain, not all of them do. It's always better to be prepared and bring your own water, especially if you're unsure about the available amenities at the site.
Seating and Amenities
Many public barbecue locations will have benches or seating areas nearby. However, if you're visiting a more remote site or aren't sure about the available amenities, it's a good idea to bring a picnic rug or portable chairs.
After you've finished grilling, make sure to clean the barbecue and leave the area as you found it. This is not only courteous to other users but also helps maintain the cleanliness and functionality of the public barbecues. Check out our how to clean a public barbecue guide for more help.
Using a public barbecue is an enjoyable and hassle-free way to have an outdoor meal with your loved ones. By following these simple steps and tips, you'll be well-prepared for your next outdoor grilling adventure. Stay tuned for more detailed information and videos on this topic. Happy barbecuing, and see you at the next hot plate!