Barbecue ban would stretch out LPG resources

Barbecues may be completely banned this year.

For many years now open fire (wood or charcoal) barbecues have effectively been banned in most places – you need to get a fire permit to light one, and who can plan that far ahead with the fickleness of New Zealand weather?

The Government ban on new oil and gas exploration permits means that clean burning gas will be at a premium, with estimates that it may only last another seven years at current rates of use – see ‘Hasty’ lawmaking may lead to increased emissions.

Banning domestic LPG use – for most people this means gas for their barbecues – will stretch out the life of LPG for essential uses.

There should be an added benefit in further reductions in emissions, due to a reduction in males drinking (beverages with gas) and burping around the barbecues.

So a ban on barbecues would have a number of benefits for the environment.

But there could be a conflict with the Greens, if people are required to have gender equality in cooking time. Currently barbecues are the main avenue for males to cook, and that’s usually only in weekends.

There is a fear that without barbecues men might switch to cooking more baked beans, and that would just switch to a different emission problem.

The barbecue ban has been kept quiet for fear of another adverse effect – a rise in hot air on talkback radio.

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  1. Griff.

     /  7th January 2019

    There are no restrictions on using a fire to cook on private land even if your area is in a declared fire ban zone.

    • Actually there are quite a few restrictions:

      Charcoal BBQs or grills
      Check council websites for air quality rules, smoke nuisance guidelines and whether this activity is
      permitted on any public land including beaches. Charcoal BBQs are not permitted
      on Public Conservation Lands.

      Camping and campfires
      Check the fire season – Visit to find out the current fire season for the area
      where you plan to camp. You will be prompted to apply for a fire permit if one is required.
      Campfires are not allowed in a prohibited fire season. You must have a permit to light campfires
      in a restricted fire season.

      Cultural Fires
      Hāngī, umu and lovo are all cultural fires used for cooking. Cultural fires do not require a permit if you
      follow these rules:
      Your fire area must be less than two square metres.
      Don’t light your fire within three metres of any part of a building, hedge, shelter belt or any other
      combustible material.
      In case your fire gets out of control, you must have a suitable way to extinguish it within five metres of
      your cultural fire, such as a water hose, mechanical digger, or water sprayer.
      You will require a permit during a restricted fire season if your fire exceeds two square meters in size.

      Is cooking sausages on a camp fire a cultural fire?

      In many areas the most likely time of year to be camping is when there are restricted or closed fire seasons.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  7th January 2019

        I don’t eat meat, so don’t have a barbecue, but if I did I could borrow Blossom from across the road and have a hose from her bum to the barbecue.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  7th January 2019

    Had to check my calendar to see if it was April 1.

  3. Bill Brown

     /  7th January 2019

    I would not put it past this govt.

  4. Duker

     /  7th January 2019

    “The Government ban on new oil and gas exploration permits means that clean burning gas will be at a premium, with estimates that it may only last another seven years at current rates of use ”

    If thats the case we only need to establish an LPG import station , probably at port taranaki and import LPG – likely form Australia. The World prices are lower than gas prices in NZ with some huge LPG export plants at Gladstone just north of Brisbane.

    Victorai like NZ has a ban on new exploration for gas and they have a declining offshore gas field. Having a floating LPG import vessel on order for the LPG tankers to connect to.

    • Griff.

       /  7th January 2019

      Already have an operational lpg terminal in the manukau harbor .

      • Pink David

         /  7th January 2019

        The export market is LNG, not LPG. It’s expensive to build a terminal, unlikely to be less than a few hundred million.

  5. acrossthespectrum

     /  7th January 2019

    A barbeque ban would see less fat Kiwi men carousing with other fat Kiwi men burning sausages and further stretching their fat puku’s.:)

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  7th January 2019

      You have such a delicate way of putting these things.

      • acrossthespectrum

         /  7th January 2019

        @You have such a delicate way of putting these things”
        Yes true. I shall be less diplomatic and be more straight forward from now on :).

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