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Charcoal BBQs or Gas Barbecue Grills – which one is right for you?

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Charcoal BBQs or Gas Barbecue Grills – which one is right for you?

Essentially there are two types of barbecue on the market, the gas fired barbecue and the charcoal bbq, with many variations on the theme. Part of the fun of choosing a barbecue is making the choice between the two. Opinion seems fairly evenly split as to which bbq is preferable and since the Clean Air Act does not apply to bbqs it all comes down to personal taste.

There are those that would say there is nothing better than a charcoal barbecue, with all the smoke and the smells. Half the fun is in getting the thing going in the first place, waiting for it to reach the optimum temperature, deciding when that is and then going for it! Others prefer the far more orderly and precise behaviour of the gas-fired variety, being able to control the heat and time everything exactly.

There are of course pros and cons for both and in a balanced way we will consider them here.

Masonry Barbecues – pros and cons

Pros

  • Masonry barbecues are very durable and built to last.
  • Masonry barbecues look great in gardens of any size.
  • Masonry barbecues can double as patio heaters.
  • Masonry barbecues are designed to draw smoke up and away.
  • Masonry barbecues use charcoal and so create that authentic bbq taste.
  • Masonry barbecues come in kit form and are easy to assemble.
  • Some Masonry barbecues come with additional side table work surfaces.
  • Masonry barbecues offer plenty of space and height variations making preparation and cooking easy.

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Cons

  • Masonry barbecues are somewhat larger than other types of bbq.
  • Masonry barbecues tend to remain in one position, as they are too heavy to keep moving.

Stone barbecues – pros and cons

Pros

  • Stone barbecues are Made from pre-coloured re-constituted stone and don’t need painting.
  • Stone barbecues incorporate special heat-retaining firebricks to keep the bbq hotter for longer.
  • Stone barbecues come with an Easy-Fire aluminium alloy plate for easy fire lighting.
  • Stone barbecues can be fired with charcoal or wood.
  • Stone barbecues make a lovely feature in your garden.
  • Stone barbecues give food that all-important natural smoky barbecue flavour.
  • Stone barbecues are perfect for grilling all of your favourite foods.
  • Stone barbecues are suitable for all sizes of garden and patio.
  • Stone barbecues provide a focal point when entertaining outside.
  • When you have finished cooking Stone barbecues can double up as a patio heater.
  • All of our stone barbecues feature a built in table top to enable comfortable preparation and grilling.
  • Most stone barbecues feature a built in chimney, to draw away smoke from the food and cooking area.
  • All stone barbecues provide various cooking heights and plenty of grilling room.
  • Most stone barbecues have an integrated spit holder.

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Cons

  • Stone barbecues are somewhat larger than other types of barbecue.
  • Stone barbecues tend to remain in one position, as they are too heavy to keep moving.

Gas fired barbecues – pros and cons

Pros

  • Gas fired barbecues are suitable for all sizes of garden.
  • Gas fired barbecues are quick and easy to light.
  • Gas fired barbecues provide instant, measurable and controllable heat.
  • Gas fired barbecues are fuelled by Propane/ Butane gas bottles.
  • Gas fired barbecues are easy to clean and maintain.
  • Gas fired barbecues cook food through evenly.
  • Gas fired barbecues are cleaner than charcoal fired barbecues.

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Cons

  • Cooking with a gas-fired barbecue can be a little clinical.

Brick barbecues – pros and cons

Pros

  • Brick bbqs are ideal for all sizes of gardens and patios.
  • Brick bbqs are fired using charcoal or wood.
  • Brick bbqs cook food with a natural barbecue flavour.
  • Brick bbqs make a stylish focal point for the garden.
  • Brick bbqs can be used as wood burners to warm the patio area after cooking.
  • Our brick bbqs come with heat retaining firebricks and an Easy-Fire aluminium alloy plate for easy side lighting.
  • Our brick bbqs are made from re-constituted stone, the sides are built with decor bricks in a pleasant red-brown colour to complement the English brick house style and the chimney hood of some models is made from black stainless steel.

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Cons

  • Brick bbqs tend to remain in one position, as they are too heavy to keep moving

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