Words and pictures by Jess Fogarty.
Every nation pays homage to something: England – the Queen, America – Hollywood, and Australia… ummm, the boomerang. Okay, that’s a bad example, but the point that we’re getting at, is that (as South Africans), we pay homage to the braai. What other nation boasts a national braai day? Or several million cookbooks dedicated to barbecuing? We’re a pretty special nation and we take great pride in our braai skills. So, without further ado, here’s a list of several braai grid stands that are sure to get you fired up.
Possibly the simplest solution to braai-grid support, the Braai Cube offers three height options by flipping its rectangular shape to one of its multiple sides. It’s made from longlasting S/S, but, unfortunately, the more you flip, the smaller the support area becomes.
Dimensions: 280 × 195 × 110 mm
Contact: Braai Cube on 076 981 4349 or www.braaicube.co.za
• S/S construction
• Three adjustable heights
• Will fit in an ammobox
• Extremely simple to use
• Requires a perfectly flat surface to be stable
• Loses stability and support the higher you go
This is the jack of all trades braai-grid stand: each clip-on Braai-Jack attaches to your braai grid and offers a firm base from which to cook. The Braai-Jacks are sold as a set of eight, so you can attach four feet to either side of the grid, and flip at will.
But best of all, as an added multipurpose bonus, the Braai-Jacks can be fixed to the far corners of your grid – allowing you to stand the grid upright and cook beside the fire and not just over the coals.
Dimensions: 135 x 35 x 32mm (per pack of eight)
Contact: 4×4 MegaWorld on 011 454 2875, or visit www.4x4megaworld.co.za
• Can be used on most braai grids
• Occupies very little packing space
• Spring-steel construction ensures a perfect fit
• Very stable
• Versatile cooking arrangement – upright and next to fire
• Non-adjustable height
• Easy to misplace a leg or two
LK’S COLLAPSIBLE TRIPOD
A clever twist on the tripod design, this pyramid platform provides a broad, stretched-out base and a firm foothold. The adjustable legs swing in and out for two possible braai heights (just flip the stand over), and the legs can also fold inward for space-friendly packing.
Dimensions: 235 x 180 x 35 mm
Contact: Safari Centre on 021 595 3910 or visit www.safaricentre.co.za
• Two adjustable heights
• Will fit in an ammobox
• Takes up almost no room
• Small triangular support area
• Food drips onto the stand, which gets greasy ’n grimy