People started barbecuing thousands of years ago. But we're no longer limited to wood fire to cook our food. There are different types of barbecues on the market these days, but how do they differ and what standards should we hold them to?

bbq inspectionBarbecuing is an old past time, especially in the United States. There are several different types of barbecues on the market these days, each offering difference advantages.

Barbecues are generally categorized by their power source. Most barbecues use either electricity, gas or solid fuel, such as wood or charcoal, to produce the heat that cooks food. Unsurprisingly, product requirements and safety standards depend on the type of barbecue that you're buying.

Let's go into the different standards commonly applied during product inspection of barbecues to learn how experts evaluate them.

Electric BBQ inspection

Electric barbecues are powered by electricity. They're typically small enough to fit on a kitchen countertop. Although they give owners the option of grilling inside or outside, they're less popular than gas barbecues and solid fuel barbecues.

The below standards are commonly used to make sure your electric grills are safe and functional. But keep in mind when inspecting your electric barbecues that electric appliances for outside use have different requirements from those for inside use.

  • IEC 60335-2-78:2002 -- this international safety standard was created by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for outdoor electric barbecues.
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.78:2005 -- this safety standard was developed by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand. It's used for outdoor electric grills intended for the Australian and New Zealand market.
  • IEC 60350-2:2011 -- this international performance standard is for household electrical appliances, including indoor electric barbecues.
  • IEC 61817 -- this international performance standard is for household appliances for cooking and grilling and applies to both indoor and outdoor electrical barbecues.

Gas BBQ and grill inspection

Gas barbecues typically use natural gas or propane as fuel. Of the grills, gas barbecues are often the most expensive to buy and maintain. They're a popular choice for people who frequently cook outdoors.

These international standards set the minimum requirements for safety and performance of outdoor gas barbecues:BBQ inspection

  • AS/NZS 5263.1.7:2016 -- Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand developed this standard for the Australian and New Zealand market. It details the required tests to make sure gas barbecues are safe and functional.
  • EN 498:2012 -- The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) created this standard for countries in the European Union. It sets manufacturing, performance, and safety requirements for gas barbecues, in addition to the appropriate testing procedures.

Solid fuel BBQ and grill inspection

Barbecues that rely on solid fuels like charcoal are also often chosen for cooking outdoors. Solid fuel barbecues tend to be the cheapest option for consumers and require lower maintenance than alternative products.

Solid fuel barbecues that are to be sold and distributed in European Union countries need to meet the following international standard:

  • EN 1860-1:2013 -- This European standard provides product requirements and tests for barbecues that burn solid fuels.
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