Did you know that every state in Australia has its own Gas Safety Regulatory Body and its own set of gas laws?

Make sure you find out the gas laws of your state BEFORE you plan your alfresco kitchen.

In Western Australia the governing body is Energy Safety WA. Energy Safety have strict laws which regulate the installation of barbecues in WA, particularly barbecues located in enclosed spaces such as alfrescos. Most people are completely unaware of these laws until they have an insurance claim knocked back, or a council inspection. It can be very costly to ignore these regulations.

Vic: www.esv.vic.gov.au
WA. www.commerce.wa.gov.au/energysafety
NT: www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/
SA: /www.sa.gov.au/OTR
QLD: http://mines.industry.qld.gov.au/safety-and-health/petroleum-gas-safety.htm
NSW: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/
ACT: www.actpla.act.gov.au
TAS: www.justice.tas.gov.au

Wood Fired Pizza Taste

Did you know that you can buy wood chips for your gas pizza oven? When the chips are heated they create a wood-fired taste for your pizza, just like a wood –fired pizza.

It tastes really great, but saves you hours of cooking time! Several flavours of woodchips are available from Infresco including beech wood.

Open grill or full hotplate?

About 70% of our clients prefer to have both an open grill and a hotplate. But about 30% of clients prefer a full hotplate. So how do you choose what’s best for you? Here are some considerations:

Safety: most barbecues on the market MUST have an open grill so that air can get to the gas burners beneath (for combustion purposes). However, Infresco Gourmet Barbecues are designed in such a way that we can build them with a full hotplate.

Cleaning: There is more cleaning with an open grill as the fat and food falls through to the bottom of the barbecue. With an infresco BBQ it’s easy to clean as the bottom tray pulls out for easy cleaning. However if cleaning up after a BBQ is not something you like to do, then you might like to consider a full hotplate.

Exhaust Hood: Most people who install a barbecue in the alfresco kitchen will require an exhaust hood (yes this is a legal requirement in most cases). Exhaust hoods must be at least 1200mm above an open grill. If they are any closer, they could suck up the flames and a fire could result. However, if you have a full hotplate, your exhaust hood can be as low as 900mm above the barbecue. So if your alfresco kitchen has a low ceiling, you may need to go full hotplate to fit in the exhaust hood and satisfy the legal requirements

Open grill or branding lines? For those who want an open grill but can’t have one due to height restrictions with their exhaust hood, we can install a hotplate with branding lines. This still gives the effect of a grill, and it’s a popular option with many of our clients.

Do you love flame-grilled steaks and vegies? If so, then you’ll probably prefer an open grill.

Do you love teppanyaki cooking? Then a large hotplate will be best for you.

Remember, at Outdoor Alfresco Kitchens we manufacture every Gourmet Barbecue to order. We can give you the hotplate and open grill size that you require.And of course we can insert a wok into your barbecue too!

*Note this information is given in good faith. Regulations can vary from state to state and also internationally.

Should I buy a pizza oven for my alfresco kitchen, or should I install an underbench oven?

Here are some of the things you need to take into consideration before you make you choose either a pizza oven or an under bench oven:

  • Do you want to bend down to put things in an under-bench oven?
  • Do you have enough bench space for a pizza oven? Most pizza ovens take up a lot of room. If it’s something you won’t use often, you might prefer an under-bench oven.
  • Do you plan on cooking your Sunday roasts in the alfresco? If you get a pizza oven it would need to be large enough.
  • Do you plan on cooking cakes in your alfresco? You might like to go for the under bench oven as pizza ovens will probably burn the cake and some models won’t be large enough for a cake.
  • Do you dream of having pizza parties, where all your guests prepare and cook their own pizza? Then go for the pizza oven
  • The pizza oven has become a status symbol. You might want a pizza oven for your friends to admire.
  • Pizza ovens look great.
  • Consider a gas pizza oven if you don’t have room for a wood fired pizza oven (we’ll discuss this in a future post)