We have been going thru cheap portable braai's (aka bbq's) like cheap toilet paper. They are generally made of very thin pressed sheet steel and don't last. The cost of these and the disposibles we occasionally resort to has begun to add up. So we have resorted to buying a decent portable... The Boab Braai.
We purchased the braai from Boab.biz in 2010, they import stuff from South Africa and have a nice expanding product range. The first impression you get when it turns up is the sheer weight of the thing. This is not a Braai you walk far with. We live about 600 meters from the beach and it is hard work carrying it down just that far! It is perfect in the back of the Landy thou.
As you will no doubt know this braai is fairly well travelled, it has been used in over 12 countries with us and is now about to be used on the third summer trek. It is now obviously fairly dirty, but a good clean now and again brings it back to life. The surprising thing is how well the paint work has held out. We have actually been fairly rubbish at cleaning it etc, left it in the rain and there is little sign of corrosion. This is obviously a desirable feature in a braai. I keep thinking I will need to touch the paint up, but have so far put it off as it is no where near bad yet.
One of the nice things about the Boab Braai, is the grill is of a decent size. Meaning you can easily cook for about 5 people depending on what you are cooking. The grill is also a heavy duty mesh and frame so does not buckle or get damaged with repeated cleaning or time. You will also fail to loose sausages through the grill due to the grill having a square pattern!
One of the nice features of the Boab Braai is that the lid also has legs and becomes a handy cooking table for beer and utensils. One feature of the lid we have not tried is the griddle. Perhaps soon. Thou. The braai also comes with a handy pot holding arm, we use this for utensils, as we generally use out petrol Coleman stove for pots.
The only downside with the Braai, is that due to the dimensions and design it can be tricky to get started if you are complacent in setting up the coals. This is because there is no vents for air to get in at the base of the fire. Since I purchased the Boab Braai they have added a log burner base to the accessories which would adress this. In reality if you are an experience fire starter (twisted fire started, sorry...) this will not be a problem.
The great thing about the Boab Braai is that the grade of material allows for a decnt camp fire after dinner. Just don't get done by a forest ranger like we did, who promptly doused the Boab Braai with water!
Verdict: Get one!
Here is the data sheet
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