So where do Anthropometrics fit into Barbecue design ?
Since Anthropomtrics relates to the study of the human form and its measurement and as Barbecues are a product that humans use - manufacturers clearly should be making their products
comfortable to use and efficient in use (ergonomically well designed). Portable barbecues are moved around before, during and after use and so a variety of considerations will be in a designer’s mind - weight of the
product, height from the ground - if it is supplied on a frame - size and feel of the handles and the control knobs used for adjusting the temperature (on gas powered units ) or the air-flow controls - and even the ash removal device levers and controls.
One of the classic ergonomic studies might be that undertaken in the modern home will be that associated
with making kitchens easy to use by creating a comfortable and efficient working space. Using a barbecue is obviously far simpler than moving around in a room-sized space but similar considerations could be used in making sure that the units are efficient in use. - Are the work surfaces large enough ? Is the unit at the right height ? Are all of the controls accessible with the minimum of effort ? Are materials used likely to be good thermal insulators ? Do parts of the design fold away when not in use ? Make a list of things you would consider in bbq design.