FAQSome questions we frequently get asked;
Why do you recommend sloping walls?
Our Barbecue Lodges with sloping walls have the same footprint as those with straight walls, but are more comfortable to lean against and provide additional space inside. The wide pelmet on the roof protects the exterior walls from the worst of the weather but, perhaps more importantly, they are more attractive and unique than the straight-sided models.
Where can I see a fully operational lodge?
On the southern edge of Exmoor; Wood farm, Chipstable, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 2QE.
Contact us on 01984 624040 to arrange a time to visit or come to one of our open days.
Can I install the lodge myself?
Yes, if you wish, but in order to obtain the 10-year warranty on your Barbecue Lodge, it has to be installed by us.
If I move house can I take the lodge with me?
Yes, the lodges are all screwed together using best quality screws so your lodge can be dismantled and moved to be reinstalled in your new garden; we would be happy to quote you for this service.
How do I care for my Barbecue Lodge?
To protect your lodge from all that the British weather has in store, we recommend that you protect the exterior with Sadolin Classic (or similar) using at least two coats initially and then an annual coat thereafter.
The floor inside can be protected to make it easier to clean with a hard-wearing varnish. We use Dulux diamond glaze.
The interior of the can be left natural or stained to your own taste. If a protector is used on the interior of the roof this will prevent any mould forming.
We would be happy to arrange for your barbecue lodge to be treated prior to assembly if you so wish (please ask for a quote).
Are the garden lodges easy to heat?
The barbecue will heat the lodge very quickly and heat will be retained for some time after the fire has died down.
What do I burn on the fire?
It is usual to start with barbecue charcoal; English charcoal burns the best and contains no chemicals. We use Charcoal from the Bulworthy project. Some people have no problems burning ordinary dry logs split up small (ash or willow is best) but others find them tricky and they can smoke.
Do I need planning permission for my barbecue lodge?
In most cases you should not need planning permission, however we advise that you check with your local planning authority. For advice look at this website planningportal.
What kind of foundations need to be prepared?
A concrete base with air vents needs to be in place prior to erecting the cabin. Alternatively a wooden frame base can be made with a decked area on the top - ideal for a sloping area. Click here for details or please get in touch for a chat about the best base for your particular site.
Is there a warranty on the cabin?
Yes. We offer a guarantee of 10 years on the timber walls and roof on all lodges that have been constructed by us and if they have been properly treated with wood stains and sealant and sit on a suitably constructed base that does not allow any water to get underneath the lodge.