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Non Stick Grill Mat

What Is A Non Stick Grill Mat?

Well, it’s a grill mat, that doesn’t stick if used correctly. Yes, it really is that simple.

Sophie and I invested in a gas BBQ and we had friends telling us it wasn’t a good buy. They said we’d never get the true BBQ taste or experience using this. One person summed it up with “ it’s like taking your cooker outdoors, so you might as well just use your oven in the kitchen” So we decided to prive them wrong and we bought a couple of packs of different barbecue mats to try out.


Barbecue Mat For Picnic BBQ


There’s BBQ and there’s BBQ. It’s great at home to cook some picnic bbq and sit outdoors in the garden or out at a park with friends and enjoy this honest food.

If you’ve ever done a road trip down to Texas or the Southern States of the USA then you’ll have become a firm believer in quality matters and this is one example of why. This offers more than throwing a steak, sausage or burger onto a grill while you pop back indoors to fry off some onions to have with the hotdogs. Let’s try to create a flavoursome, genuine taste of the BBQ experience.

You’ll finish reading this on your phone, then return home, disembowel the garage or shed to dig out the BBQ. Not got a barbeque? Then you need to buy one ASAP. If the idea of cooking appeals, but the cleaning up after doesn’t then this is an ideal solution for you.



The great advantage we find using the grill mat is that you can cook onions, peppers etc on the BBQ at the same time as the meat, to add flavour. Needless to say, on a standard BBQ, these would just fall through the grill.

Please note; if you’re in the UK, the link above will take you to Amazon UK but these are available to order from the USA.


Easy To Clean?

Hell yes, forget the scouring pad and wire wool to clean the metal bars and grates. Here all you need to do is simply remove grilling mat once cool ( obviously, as we don’t want burnt fingers).

Next step is just as easy; wipe with a soft damp cloth to remove any residue and then throw on to top shelf of your dishwasher to finish cleaning.


Check the reviews, check pout the warranty on these products. One we really enjoyed using was the Four Heart Grill Mat pack of 5 which we ordered here.

We also suggest you double check to see what these are made of. As a minimum requirement, we suggest FDA approved PTFE coated fibreglass fabric, for your safety. Naturally follow the instructions on the product you buy, to make sure you don’t exceed recommended temperatures etc.

Barbecue Mat Ribs


Seriously though, we’ve seen people cooking all sorts on here, from Full English Breakfasts ( even including fried eggs ) to racks of ribs, to basic burgers with onions and mushrooms. We love to sit in our garden, enjoying our own style of picnic bbq in the sunshine.



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Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review

Easy Lawn Care With The Flymo Hover Vac 280

Nowt better in the English summer than sitting outdoors, a glass of Pimms enjoying the sunshine for the 7 days that UK summer lasts. Better get your arse in gear and sort the jungle out.

Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower Review

After my son managed to run over the power chord of my previous mower, I decided to look for a replacement. Ideally, one that is foolproof. ( Hey buddy, still friends and, no I don’t want you to do the lawn again ).

So I grabbed a brew, got online and had a look at a few different machines, ranging from cheap and nasty to the Rolls Royce type ride on machines. Ideal for the Lord of the Manor with his 300 acres but a bit of an overkill for a 20ft by 10ft patch of scrub.

Using an electric lawn mower can be a really simple task – once you get used to it. Famous last words you say!  It is convenient and gets work done really fast! The Flymo Hover Vac 280 electric lawn mower is one such product. This is a corded lawnmower that is manufactured by the well-known brand name “Flymo”, one of the market leaders.

How Good Is The Hover Vac 280?

What I really like is that it’s ready to go out fo the box. No searching for screwdrivers or allen keys, no 20-page booklet of instructions and bags of 50 screws of which 49 are there. Nope just take it out of the box and plug it in. It also means its easier to store as the handle folds down over the mower so it takes up less room in the garage.

It did a pretty good job, we’re not talking crown bowls or anything but enough to keep the neighbours happy and for me to stand back, crossed arms and admire my hard work. Time for a beer!

r get your arse in gear and sort the jungle out.


    • Weight: 8.8 Kg
    • Colour: Orange
    • Style: Hover Collect Lawnmower
    • Power Source: electric
    • Voltage: 240 volts
    • Wattage: 1300 watts
    • Made in the UK
    • Fully assembled
    • 28 cm cutting width

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