Public parks are the heart of outdoor summer living, and no facility offers more enjoyment than a communal barbecue. As the summer brings out eager cooks, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential to enhance the communal barbecue experience. Christie Barbecues sets the benchmark for public cooking facilities, and Tilley Group is proud to be the New Zealand distributor for the popular Christie range as well as providing parts support. Here are some valuable considerations and strategies for asset owners and park managers to ensure your barbecue facilities withstand peak holiday usage.

Prioritising durability for long-term value

Arriving for a long-planned cookout to find a barbecue that needs to be fixed can ruin group outings. The foundation of barbecue durability lies in its construction. Invest in barbecues made from heavy-duty materials like high-gauge recyclable stainless steel. Robust metals last longer than flimsier alternatives, and the extended lifespan and reduced cleaning and maintenance requirements translate to long-term cost savings.

Maintaining hygienic facilities

Regular cleaning is crucial for maximising barbecue usage. During summer holidays, usage might increase significantly. Implement a consistent cleaning schedule based on high usage rather than set intervals.

Regular cleaning includes scraping debris from the cooktop, wiping surfaces, and emptying waste containers. Cabinet interiors should also be deep cleaned periodically with degreasers, especially before and after peak season. Investing in high-quality barbecue cleaning solutions and tools for staff promotes consistent and effective maintenance.

Watch this instructional video on how to clean your Christie cooktop here:

Proactive Parts Management

Even the most robust barbecues experience wear and tear. Implement a system for proactively replacing worn-out parts. Regular inspections by qualified personnel or service contractors can catch minor issues before they escalate. Maintain a readily available stock of essential spare parts or buy from a manufacturer that provides fast spare parts turnaround and after-service support. Contact your Christie Support Team for a proactive maintenance checklist.

Educating users on responsible communal cooking

Empowering users with proper operating instructions and shared barbecue use etiquette promotes a better cooking experience. Consider additional signage outlining best practices, such as waiting for the preheat cycle to finish before cooking, cleaning the barbecue after use, and using appropriate barbecue tools.

Responsible grilling minimises wear and tear and creates a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Protecting against the elements

Nature can be harsh on people and exposed equipment. Investing in shelters that protect barbecue facilities from debris and the elements will extend their design life. It will also encourage use by shielding cooks from rain and harsh sunlight. Alternatively, barbecue hoods protect the cooktop surface from dirt and improve cooking efficiency heat-reflective.

By implementing these strategies, asset owners can maximise the return on their BBQ investment while the community enjoys the benefits of outdoor fun.

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