Fired UpIf you have any outdoor space, chances are the barbeques you throw are the highlight of your social calendar. Outdoor living is gaining traction in Hong Kong and alfresco dining is a big part of that. In honour of barbeque season, we cast around for some hints as to how to make the most of what you’ve got.

The keys to the right barbeque for you: reputable brands with strong warranties and customer support; at least 400 square inches of cooking space; sticking with basic safety features and useful add-ons for you; and staying within budget — both in cash and physical space. Common, solid BBQs can be found wherever appliances are sold, but if you’re looking for that extra something perhaps investigate these:

Bodum Fyrkat Charcoal Grill
The hibachi-style Frykat could be the Rolls Royce of charcoal barbeques. Portable and available in a range of bright colours, it comes with tool hooks and a folding sideboard and is ideal if you don’t want the commitment of a gas tank. Retailer Bru Living’s Clive Chan likes the Frykat because, “Its oval shape widens the grilling surface and diffuses heat differently than a round grill would: the lower heat on the sides is ideal for fish and vegetables.” It also has a large lid that hibachi’s don’t often come with.

Cadac Leisure Chef
Cadac’s recommendation is its origin. The brand hails from South Africa, and as Janice Ortmann of Everything Under the Sun notes, “South Africans know about braais.” As a gas grill the Leisure Chef is a step up from a hibachi, but its compact size lends it the same space-consciousness. This unit boasts multiple grill tops inside a powder coated silver frame. It’s also reasonably priced. “We wanted brands that were affordable and worked,” Ortmann says of Cadac. “We wanted [grills] as good as our furniture; affordable quality with a bit of design.”

Neil Perry T-Grill
“The T Grill is designed to pack amazing power, superior performance and heat control into a grill that doesn’t require a lot of patio or balcony space,” says Bru’s Chan of this sleek, modern BBQ. The elegant T-Grill is noted for its side-mounted Crossray infrared burners that reduce smoking and flare ups. Infrared uses 50 percent less fuel than traditional flame burners, so if you’re into energy conservation this is the model for you.

Beefeater Discovery 1100e Outdoor Kitchen
The Discovery outdoor kitchens use integrated Quartz Start Ignition that ensures long life and trouble-free starting. Also infrared-based, the Beefeater comes with the option to add as many cabinet modules as you like onto any 1100e outdoor kitchen variation. “It features a built in side burner and reversible door, so you can add one to the left or right of your ultimate outdoor kitchen!” Chan states.

Viteo and Tao Outdoor Kitchens
Last but not least, if you’re redesigning a large space or have a roomy roof or yard, Ortmann recommends Viteo or Tao — the, “State of the art of outdoor kitchens and grills.” The Italian (Tao) and Austrian designers use materials like Corian tops and 360 stainless steel in their customised items that are for actual outdoor living. “People are travelling more and more and they come back and want a little of that resort lifestyle, even in a small place,” Ortmann theorises. Dinner’s a great place to start.