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BBQ season is upon us and from 17 May groups of up to 30 people can meet up outside in the UK.
For many of us, that will mean a diary filled with al fresco drinks and crispy, flavoursome barbecued food.
Rather than buy disposable barbecues, which aren't the most environmentally-friendly (nor the most purse-friendly in the long run), we recommend investing in an affordable reusable version that's perfect for a smaller group.
The Landmann Pedestal Round Charcoal BBQ from John Lewis is designed to cater for six people and is portable so you can cook up a storm whoever's garden you're in. Plus, it costs less than £40.
Why we rate it:
Aesthetically-pleasing, with wooden handles and a sleek stainless steel base, this barbecue won't become an eye-sore in your perfectly-manicured outdoor space.
The Landmann is also easy to assemble (a crucial factor when buying a portable barbecue) and has a windshield on the grill, so you needn't worry about the weather.
There's a removable ash catcher for easy cleaning and a base disc to help control air flow. It also comes with a two year guarantee.
It's one of the most affordable BBQs available at John Lewis, costing £39.99. However, if you want to bag yourself a new barbie you may want to hurry as a huge selection of styles have already sold out.
Buy it: Landmann Pedestal Round Charcoal BBQ | £39.99 from John Lewis
The Investment Options
If you're looking to spend a little more on the summer gadget, this charcoal Weber BBQ, which is under £200, is also flying off the shelves.
Weber One Touch E4710 Original Kettle Charcoal BBQ | £187.99 from John Lewis
If you're after a gas option, John Lewis' own design is also under £200. It cooks for up to four people, has a warming rack and is great value for money according to the reviews.