WARNING : This is not a budget braai ! Your Home Fires Braai is VERY HEAVY. It will require two people to manoeuvre it. It may be secured to a metal pallet with tension straps which can be sharp. We recommend using protective gloves and appropriate footwear when unpacking and installing your Braai.

If you are looking for an indoor installation, you need to be aware that there are Building and Planning Regulations in the UK that govern construction and the installation of fireplaces, flue and chimneys. These also vary regionally (e.g. such as DEFRA on the use of smokeless fuel in specific regions). You must seek professional advice with a local builder or architect who is familiar with your local planning requirements.

If you are installing your Braai outside, you should try and ensure your braai area has positive protection from the elements where possible.

The following instructions are a manufacturers guide. Professional advise and compliance with local planning and building regulations should also be adhered to, particularly if you are considering an indoor installation :-

  1. Construct brick support walls (1) for the unit. (Choose personal desired height: 7 – 9 bricks high)
  2. Unpack your Braai and check for physical and cosmetic damage straight away
    • Any physical damage incurred during transport, should be reported immediately so it can be addressed through the delivery company’s insurance. Damage identified at a later date will be assumed to have occurred during installation or use
    • Your Braai is an extremely robust and handmade by the leading South African Braai manufacturers, but it has travelled thousands of miles to get here. Minor scratch marks and blemishes are to be expected and should be addressed with the matt black heatproof touch-up paint supplied. For future ongoing maintenance, widely available BBQ or Stove paint should be used
  3. Remove all contents and accessories from inside the Braai (particularly the heavy ember maker), this will make it easier to manoeuvre.
    • Note : be careful not to throw away important components such as the small square plate that may sit in the bottom of the fire tray if you have an ash draw
  4. Ensure that a gap of 20 mm (2) will be left between the body of the unit (sides and back) and the brickwork to allow for expansion
  5. To protect the paintwork on your braai flange and inside body we advise that the chimney outlet and the flange is covered with some form of protection during construction
  6. Position the unit and cover the sides, back and top with heat-resistant insulation (2) and brick in the unit
  7. To ensure that the top door stays open when the braai is used, make sure that none of the finished brickwork protrudes past the flange of the braai
  8. You should not store combustible material near your braai
  9. The inner dimensions of the chimney must not be less than the flue outlet opening size on the top of the unit (3)
  10. Flue liners will provide a smooth surface for a better draw and will protect brickwork against heat corrosion (4)
  11. Chimney height is critical for a proper draw. 2.5 meters is recommended, but you should consult a professional to ensure local planning and building regulations are adhered to
  12. Use standard flashing material and procedures to waterproof chimney stack (5). Lead flashing has been found most successful. Protect your braai against rain water!
  13. A cowl (rotating or fixed) (6) will keep rain out of the flue in order to prevent the unit from rusting
  14. Lights or electric motors must be installed by a qualified electrician

IMPORTANT : Before you cook on the Braai for the first time, you need to cure/season the braai. To do this, simply light a small fire at first, to allow the braai to heat up gently. You will notice some odour initially which is normal. In addition to allowing the paint to cure, this process is also important for built-in models to allow any surrounding brickwork to be cured also.

Exposed components (cowl and cowl base and in some cases steel flue pipes) must be painted with enamel or rust resistant paint after installation. Use colour to match roof tiles and repaint regularly. Interior components can be maintained with heat resistant matt black BBQ or Stove paint.

NOTE : Whilst the guarantee on this unit covers manufacturing standards, it cannot be extended to installation. Please ensure that you employ a reputable and competent body to do the installation. This will protect your interest.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY : Whilst every care has been taken in formulating these instructions, no responsibility whatsoever will attach to and/or claim lie against, the manufacturer and/or distributor of the appliance from the use of, or as a result of any failure to follow the whole or any part of the instructions and/or as a result of incorrect information herein and/or any omission here from.

Failure to follow the whole or any part of the instructions which leads to damage to your appliance, will make your guarantee null and void.

HOME FIRES (PTY) LTD : P O Box 873, Worcester, 6849 • 6 Field Street, Worcester, 6850 Tel (023) 342 3330 / 342 0213 • Fax (023) 342 5940 e-mail: manufacturing@homefires.co.za