WEBER Q's - I had an enormous amount of emails, calls recently regarding Flame Failure on a Weber Q, apparently Weber are looking at a "retrofit" which will allow a Weber Q to be used in a caravan / boat. Currently the regulations are that if a BBQ, like a Weber Q are attached to a caravan by way of a bayonet fitting they are considered a fixed appliance within the 'reticulated' system of the caravan / RV and therefore must be fitted with a Flame Failure safety system, which will allow the gas to stop if the flame goes out.
I believe that there have been a few safety issues recently that have caused Govt Gas Departments to start enforcing this. This ruling has been around for a while and like everything, they dont advertise the change to the people that matter, and if they do they dont make it well known!
However, according to my own sources Weber are working on a retrofit but my guess is that it would have to be approved and fitted by a licenced gas fitter. Something that we at Barbitec Technical would do..
Barbeques Galore are also working on a Flame Failure Ziggy single grill barbeque (below) that also can be used on a caravan, not a retrofit but made with flame failure, I am told that should be available by the end of the year.
It can be very easy for the public to be very confused by this as flame failure DOES NOT mean that an appliance can be used indoors (most of the time it is just an additional safety system), remember IT MUST BE APPROVED FOR INDOOR USE AND BE COMPLIED AS SUCH WITH AN APPROVED COMPLIANCE PLATE. There are very few Barbecues on the market that have FF fitted AND are approved for indoor use.
I will find out more and update the website, but in due course I suggest using an LPG bottle rather than a 'plug in' bayonet for now, but please be aware that any BBQ that is part of the caravan system, that is, 'a slide out bbq' etc., must now have FF.....
CAUTION: If you do have a bayonet fitted to your caravan and you use a bbq without flame failure it may jeopodise any insurance claim if you have an incident. Something to think about!
Be Safe....AND if you are not sure please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will explain further, alternatively email me your mobile and I will give you a call, remember that I am here to help and the advice is free. Ross
Barbitec's Technical Division - GF: 010535 (WA)
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