A new Q!

Have I mentioned that my brother is the best?

I just can’t say it enough.

My brother is the best!

I got a call from him, early this evening. He just finished loading up their big BBQ into his truck and was ready to bring it over!

This was something he had offered to us when I told him about what we’d done with the fire pit, for outdoor cooking. They got themselves a smaller BBQ, as their older one was too big for just the 2 of them, and it was just sitting there, unused. Today, he up and decided to deliver it!

There aren’t a lot of places we can put a BBQ right now. Basically, there’s the concrete and patio blocks in front of the sun room where it can stay for the winter.

So I quickly went out and moved the shelf I was planning to moved now that the sun room door is finished. It would be much harder to move it, with a BBQ in the way!

With the shelf moved away, you can really see how much the concrete under the rain barrel has sunk! This is likely from years of the rain barrel being allowed to overflow.

Which might have something to do with why the sun room has been shifting, and why I had such troubles with the door!

Ya think?

Since it’s that time of year, anyhow, I took advantage of the situation and emptied the rain barrel into the old kitchen garden.

After breaking through ice about an inch thick!

It will be much easier to go through here to the old kitchen garden, now that the shelf is moved. We had originally intended to put the shelf in storage, with most of the other stuff that belonged to my parents, and had put it aside until we could bring the van over to take it. It was so handy, we left it. πŸ™‚

Inside the shelf are the pieces of rigid insulation that had been used for the “cat condo” we made for the cats in the sun room last winter. We will likely use some of them for the kibble house, under the food containers. We also plan to leave the two bottom shelves empty, except for some pieces of insulation on the “floor”, for the cats to be able to tuck into it for shelter. We did that last winter, and they made full use of it.

There it is! Our new Q!

We’ve never had anything bigger than 3 burners before; this one has five. It’s so big, he had to take the lid off to fit it under his truck cap! My brother even fired it up to test it out, including the extra burner for pots and pans on the side. It even starts better than any BBQ we’ve had before. πŸ™‚

Chances are, we won’t be able to use it until spring, but at least now we have the option! We don’t have any BBQ tools, but with all the summer stuff on clearance right now, this is probably the best time of year to get more. πŸ™‚ I really look forward to using it!

Sadly, they were not able to stay for long. I’m glad my SIL made it out; she hadn’t been able to for a while, as she recovered from surgery. We did get a chance to walk around the yard, and show them what we’ve been doing. Technically, my brother is my “landlord”, so it’s probably a good idea for him to know what’s going on. πŸ˜‰ Unlike my mother, they are actually quite happy with how things are shaping up, and are not offended by us doing things like using mulch. πŸ˜€

Somehow, they found my glee, as I demonstrated opening and closing the sun room door repeatedly, very amusing. πŸ˜€

It’s probably a good thing they didn’t stay any longer. They’ve got a long drive back, and wanted to make a quick stop to visit our mother along the way. From what I’m seeing on the live feed for the security camera, there are strong winds and snow right now!

I’ve gotta get that kibble house done!

The Re-Farmer

4 thoughts on “A new Q!

  1. That’s a nice… cover? πŸ˜€

    I mean come on yah gotta take the cover off for a pic! πŸ™‚ That really is awesome though.

    HOWEVER… If we were in Texas, I’d be obliged to point out BBQ is with wood. That’s a grill. πŸ˜€

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    • The cover is the wrong size and was a pain to get on right, so I wasn’t about to take it off! Lol

      And yeah, I know. Calling this a BBQ is sacrilege in some places. Lol. The low and slow wood burning cookers are called smokers out here, while we grill on a BBQ. Whether it’s gas, propane, pellet or charcoal, they are all BBQ’s here.

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      • The cover might surprise you. Our smoker’s cover is custom made for it, so it’s a really snug fit. FEELS like a wrong fit trying to get it on at times though, LOL.

        Smokers are low and slow, BBQs burn wood or charcoal to cook direct instead of indirect and gas is grilling, per those stubborn Texans. They see gas as cheating since you have more perfect control of the flame. Coincidentally, they hate mah pellet smoker for the same reason. Thermostat controlled augur feeding the wood pellets means it has better temperature control than my oven, LOL

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      • Oh, the cover is definitely for a smaller BBQ. My brother used it for years. As long as the lid and side burner are covered, we’re good.

        Out here, grilling is what you do on a BBQ, whatever the fuel. Even the tiny, disposable charcoal grills you can get are called BBQs. You can do small scale smoking on a BBQ, or get a smoker if you are really dedicated. I have seen some smokers like you are describing, but they are not common. Mostly, smokers here are boxes. You can use the trays, or take them out to hang sausages or bacon to smoke.

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