Incredible folding barbecue can be built in two minutes

Amazing folding barbecue that can be built in two minutes has a pizza oven and in-built water boiler (and collapses down to fit inside a backpack!)

  • The steel device measures around 4 feet (1.2 metres) tall when fully erected
  • However, it can be collapsed down to a height of just 11 inches (28 centimetres) 
  • It is made of three sections – the base, the brazier and the oven top
  • The BBQ also has a separate water boiler, which can be used for hot drinks
  • Prices range from £215 to £1,097 ($239 to $1,249), depending on the specification, colour, and number of accessories

A British couple have invented a barbecue that folds down to fit inside a rucksack.

Dubbed the Aquaforno II, the new barbecue can grill and bake food, as well as heat liquids using the dedicated water boiler.

The telescopic design allows the barbecue to be collapsed and erected in less than two minutes without the need for any additional tools.

The folding stove is available to buy from its inventors’ website, with prices ranging from £215 to £1,097 ($239 to $1,249), depending on the specification, colour, and number of accessories.

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A British couple have invented a barbecue that can fold down into a rucksack. Dubbed the Aquaforno II it can grill and bake food as well as being used as a water boiler

The foldable contraption is made of three separate tiers – the base, the brazier and the oven top.

The contraption has been designed by husband and wife Tim Rhodes and Karen Jenkins, from Reading, in Berkshire.

The couple came up with the idea as a way to cook fresh pizza while camping with their young daughter.


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The invention attracted more than £240,000 ($315,000) in crowd-funding donations when it was launched by the couple on IndieGoGo.

As a result of the interest, the couple are now working on the Aquaforno II full-time from their home.

Following the crowd-funded launch, the couple is now selling the barbecues via their own website. The kits are priced between £215 and £1,097 ($239 to $1,249), depending on accessories, specification and colour.

It can be ordered in black or stainless steel, and bought alongside an assortment of different attachments, including a paella pan, pizza kit, rotisserie kit and gas burner.  

The steel contraption is made up of three main tiers – the base, the brazier and the oven top. The contraption has been designed by husband and wife Tim Rhodes and Karen Jenkins, from Reading, Berkshire 

The device can be adapted to work with a gas burner, but lump wood or briquette charcoals can also be used to power the oven.

Karen, 54, said: ‘Our journey started in 2011 so this has been a long time in the making. It can be used in a variety of ways from cooking a fry-up to making a stir fry, or simply keeping warm.

‘In terms of meat is can be used to BBQ, smoke, grill and basically cook it any way possible. We’re particularly pleased with the telescopic design which ensures the product is actually fun to use.

‘It can be folded down to four times less than it’s normal height and we’re delighted with how it’s turned out.’

The steel device, which measures around 4 feet (1.2 metres) tall when fully erected, can also be folded down to a height of just 11 inches (28 centimetres). 

With a diameter of 18 inches (45 cm) it can be then be easily stored in a small bag. 

The base section sits on tripod legs, which can be adjusted to suit the terrain.

The steel device, which measures around 4 feet (1.2 metres) tall when fully erected, can also be folded down to a height of just 11 inches (28 centimetres)

The device can be adapted to work with a gas burner, but all lump wood or briquette charcoals can be used

It features a removable grill for barbecuing food and a large fire pit which can be used as a traditional outdoor chiminea.

It is also where coal or wood can be positioned when barbecuing or smoking meat in the levels above.

A boiler is also positioned in the bottom section and can be used for boiling water for piping hot drinks of tea, coffee or even mulled wine.

The barbecue is capable of frying food, and this happens in the second tier, the brazier. 

There is room for a frying pan or wok to sit comfortably it is described as ideal for toasting.

The top section houses the main oven and also features a pizza stone. 

The Aquaforno’s creators say that the segment can be used to cook anything from large cuts of meat to casserole and rotisserie chicken. 

A boiler is also positioned in the bottom section and can be used for boiling water for piping hot drinks of tea, coffee or even mulled wine

The top section houses the main oven and also features a pizza stone. The Aquaforno’s creators say that the segment can be used to cook anything from large cuts of meat to casserole and rotisserie chicken

The pair say their target audience shifted as development went on.

Originally thinking they were creating a camping product, they soon found that luxury flat owners were keen on the product as they could not fit standard smokers in their properties.

It is some way from their first ‘prototype’, which was created in 2011, and consisted of an old garden incinerator which had been taken apart using a hack saw.

Tim said the pair have had interest from all over the world and have been taken aback by the positive reaction to their creation.

The 50-year-old added: ‘The idea began seven years ago when our daughter wanted to go camping and have pizza with her friend’s for her birthday party.

‘We had a choice of spending about £100 ($130) on pizza or come up with something ourselves so we managed to fashion something out of an old garden incinerator. It went down a treat and since then it has just evolved.

‘The response to our campaign has been unbelievable and we’ve had interest from all over the world, which has been surreal to say the least.’

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