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Patio briquette burners beat midges on summer evenings!

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Patio briquette burners beat midges on summer evenings!

We had out first barbecue of the summer the other night and all went well until the wind dropped.

Out came the midges – or up, in fact, as most of us began being bitten on the feet and ankles. So we decided to light the patio log burner and first of all fired it up with eco-lighters (no chemical smells) and charcoal. Wonderful! Away went the midges and we were able to finish cooking the pork fillets on the mesh lid, which gave them a great flavour.

Then we began to experiment with various types of wood briquettes, including Hotmax for quick heat and the hardwood type for a longer burn. We found that all of them burn really well in the fire basket and gave out a pleasant warmth for when the evenings started to cool off. Most didn’t produce a lot of smoke but there was enough to keep the midges down. If you were in an area badly affected by midges, the sawdust briquettes would produce a thicker smoke if needed.

Even after dark we continued to sit out around the pleasantly-glowing fire basket, glasses to hand, waiting for the bats to emerge so we could track them with the bat detector. Takes all sorts! 🙂