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Old 18-02-2012, 18:44
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Off back to PP in July and staying in an apatment on the Pinewalk
To keep the costs down we want to BBQ quite a lot this year. We have 2 camping bbq's, a folding charcoal barbie and a cadac gas one. Would prefer to take the cadac but not sure how easy or expensive it is to hire/buy a gas bottle. Any advice on where to buy charcoal, where to hire protane or butane gas bottles and prices would be greatly received.
Also any advice on where to get the best meat and seafood for the barbie would also be welcome.
I reckon with 5 months worth of advice we'll be BBQing Michelin star stylie
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Old 18-02-2012, 19:19
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As i understand it, to obtain a gas bottle you have to get a contract from the distributer (Repsol Butano) which involves an inspection of the aparatus, you can't just go and buy one. Now i am not sure of the cost but think it's about 30€ and then it's 15€ for a refill, the hardware shop behind the filling station does refills but i don't know about buying the bottle, for that you may have to go to Alcudia.
It might be easier for you to use charcoal and you can buy that in the hardware shops but i have no idea how much it costs.

We buy most of our meat locally from HyperCentro and it's always good.
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Hello, As Sparky says you can refill in the hardware shop behind the filling station and you can also buy there but last time we bought the cost was 32 Euros. Sparky is correct that to refill is approx 15 Euros. Rebecca who works there is English and a lovely helpful person. I wonder if it is actually worth it to be honest. To buy charcoal is probably cheaper I would think but i'm not an expert.

We tend to buy our fish (non meat eaters!) in Mecandona in Alcudia where we find it to be very reasonably priced and a great selection.

I'm sure others will be able to help too.
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We make a trip to Carrefour in Palma for chicken to bbq and to Al Campo for pork and steaks - take them back and freeze them Also its interesting visiting these massive hypermarkets on a 'not so good weather day' The best place used to be the old Syp - they had a really excellent meat counter - rather scary large lady with a a meat cleaver serving, but she was quite harmless
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There are a number of fish retailers. However we found the HIPER CENTRO in Vicente Buades Street the best.

Answering your questions depends on whether you have a car or not.
Without a car you probably are forced to use charcoal which can be bought at the super markets. However your use of this may be offensive if the smoke drifts over neighbours.

You can pay for a gas cylinder and later return it for repayment. But this can be a time waster if you are only in the port for a short holiday. You also need a car to carry it around. There is also the question of the type of connection which you need to ensure is the right one for you.

It sounds as if you are going to be limited to charcoal.
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There are a number of fish retailers. However we found the HIPER CENTRO in Vicente Buades Street the best.

Answering your questions depends on whether you have a car or not.
Without a car you probably are forced to use charcoal which can be bought at the super markets. However your use of this may be offensive if the smoke drifts over neighbours.

You can pay for a gas cylinder and later return it for repayment. But this can be a time waster if you are only in the port for a short holiday. You also need a car to carry it around. There is also the question of the type of connection which you need to ensure is the right one for you.

It sounds as if you are going to be limited to charcoal.
James has made a good point here and it might be worth checking that having a BBQ is permitted at your accomodation .
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THe British Food Shop sells the throw away BBQ trays which is another option,and you can buy a cheap BBQ for charcoal at the ferreteria or Al Campo type stores.
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I would guess that you will be able to get all your needs (apart from Gas Bottle) in one go at 'Eroski', Puerto Pollensa's largest 'Supermercado' - immediately on the left as you enter Puerto Pollensa from Palma, on the main road in from Pollensa town.
It has a good choice of most foods including fresh meat and fish / wines, beers / other domestic items - (no, I don't have shares in Eroski!)
There are quite a few smaller supermarkets scattered around PP so plenty of places to shop.
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Thanks for all the advice. Already spoke to the owner and he doesnt have any problems with us using a barbie.Its quite a large balcony with no one above us, so no worries there. We're over for 10 days so a 6/7kg bottle would be ideal.The larger 12/13kg would be to much and not cost effective. And do our regulators fit Spanish bottles???
Charcoal obviously the cheaper option,but dont fancy the mess or hassle.
May be more hassle than its worth.....thanks again
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Blue i have only ever seen the 12.5kg bottles here but that is not to say the smaller ones aren't available, also it was many years ago since i used bottled gas in the UK but i am sure the regulator was different.
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Thanks for all the advice. Already spoke to the owner and he doesnt have any problems with us using a barbie.Its quite a large balcony with no one above us, so no worries there. We're over for 10 days so a 6/7kg bottle would be ideal.The larger 12/13kg would be to much and not cost effective. And do our regulators fit Spanish bottles???
Charcoal obviously the cheaper option,but dont fancy the mess or hassle.
May be more hassle than its worth.....thanks again
Hi Blue The regulators are different. and you can only get the 12/13 kilo bottles.
You can buy a regulator and they are not to expensive. and attach it to the current gas pipe for your BBQ.
If you let me know when you are out in July. If I am around I can let you borrow a gas bottle so you can use your BBQ. I have a couple that I keep for spares so its not a problem. I know how hard it is for a man to be separated from his BBQ
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Hi Blue,
If f I understand correctly, you are bringing your BBQ out from the UK for a 10/12 day stay?
a)You may be better flying via Jet2 rather than Ryanair (22kgs v 15kgs luggage)
b) Cancel current accommodation booking and rebook an apartment with a BBQ included: a very common accessory with the apartments we have used over the years.
c) Buy a cheap-o BBQ from Eroski and leave it in the apartment for the next visitors.
d) Check medical travel insurance for cover for gas explosions/carbon monoxide poisoning
e) Do visit a selection of the super restaurants in PP whilst you are over. Something for all pockets and tastes make eating out a highlight of our holiday.
f) Prior to arrival ensure the cook is competent to cook on a BBQ. Our cook is full of enthusiasm - but sometimes I think we would have been better slipping out to Coral, Tango, El Posito ........etc etc and investing a few Euros in something edible
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I would also check that the airline will carry the BBQ. They dont carry the pertol/dual fuel ones even when the liquid container is empty as it is still a risk.
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I totally agree with the above post and in my humble opinion, and surely I'm not alone in this, but why on earth would you want to take a gas barbecue on holiday with you ?!

Any trace of anything flammable etc. and you'll be in BIG trouble with the airline. Madness.

I read last year that an Eastern European was arrested for having bleach in his check-in suitcase.

If you really want to barbecue then use charcoal. Bit of mess and hassle but all part and parcel of a holiday and as far as time consumption goes, well, you're on holiday !!

My advice: as someone's mentioned, go to the British shop and get a disposable ready made charcoal barby, job done !!!
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go to the British shop and get a disposable ready made charcoal barby, job done !!!
or if you really want a large BBQ, contact Multi-Hire next to the BFS & see if they have them...
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