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Gas vs charcoal barbecues

Gas vs charcoal barbecues

Beyond BBQ

So different and so complementary:  gas vs charcoal barbecues.
Gas & charcoal barbecues all have their fervent supporters and their convinced adversaries. While the Europeans prefer charcoal, the Englishmen usually choose the gas type. The different types of appliances are used in different ways. They complement each other perfectly and therefore you can purchase them all. In this way you can enjoy your barbecue preparations, according to your full desires and tastes.



A charcoal barbecue of average quality has a temperature on the surface of a minimum of 500°.  This temperature,  for example, is ideal to grill ribs or to prepare them rare.

You need a lot of patience with the traditional charcoal barbecues, since it takes about forty minutes just to create a decent charcoal fire. barbecook® shortens this time thanks to the Quickstart® system. From now on you can start up every charcoal fire just by using some newspaper and you can start grilling within fifteen minutes.

As a preparation for the charcoal you can regulate the height of the grillers and the intensity of the flames. After barbecuing you don't need to remove the ashes nor the pyrolysis. The griller will be sterilized thanks to the intense heat of the next session.

Grilling on a nice glowing charcoal fire is a very pleasant activity. A lot of people who like it, cannot resist the cosy atmosphere of this interactive way of grilling.


A gas barbecue reaches a temperature of between 200° and  250°, which is perfect for preparations which require more time, such as grilling of chicken. Additionally. the heat of a gas barbecue is more humid and therefore ideal for fish.

Also the gas barbecue has to pre-heat for about fifteen minutes in order to make the grill hot enough. In order to make the system as efficient as possible, the old models were supplied with lava stones. Nowadays lava stones have been replaced by plates which spread out the heat and produce a better result. Moreover, they are more hygienic than the porous lava stones.

For gas barbecues you don't need to adjust the position of the grill, because the temperature is set with adjustable knobs. 

Gas barbecues blaze less than charcoal barbecues because their temperatures are lower.

One of the big advantages is the type of combustion. Since the gas bottle has a big volume, the barbecue can be used for several times. After barbecuing it is advised to let the barbecue burn for fifteen minutes in order to clean the appliance.  Also the lid, the bowl and the heat spreading plate need to be cleaned.

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