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A charcoal barbecue or a gas barbecue?

A charcoal barbecue or a gas barbecue... you're not sure yet. A charcoal barbecue gives you the authentic grill feeling, but a gas barbecue is so easy. To help you with your choice, we compare both types in this article. You can read about the pros and cons per barbecue type, so you can easily choose the best one for you.
What type of barbecue do you choose? Charcoal Gas
Your barbecue has to be hot quickly. No Yes
You want to adjust the temperature quickly and accurately. No Yes
You're hot for grilling on fire. Yes No
Cleaning the BBQ shouldn't take time or effort. No Yes
You prefer not to use gas bottles and hoses. Yes No

How fast will the barbecue start?

Lighting charcoal takes at least 30 minutes

Lighting charcoal takes at least 30 minutes

Lighting a charcoal barbecue will take you at least 30 minutes with a briquette starter. If you do it on your own, it can easily take 45 minutes. At that point, the charcoals or briquettes will finally be hot enough for you to start grilling.

A gas barbecue is on in 5 minutes

A gas barbecue is on in 5 minutes

You can switch on most gas barbecues by pressing a button. You will have to connect a gas bottle to the barbecue first, but after you've done it a few times, it won't take more than 5 minutes. Put the gas on full power and you'll reach the right grill temperature in 10 minutes.

Can you adjust the temperature easily?

Adjust temperature

Temperature in charcoal barbecues can be adjusted less quickly

Not every dish is prepared at the same temperature. So, it's important to adjust the temperature when you're preparing different dishes. With a charcoal barbecue, controlling the air supply (and thus the temperature) doesn't go very fast. By adjusting with the ventilation holes, the temperature slowly increases or decreases. Because you're dependent on the air supply, this process is not as accurate as with a gas barbecue.

Adjust temperature gas barbecue

Adjust the temperature quickly and accurately on gas

A gas barbecue is like a gas stove. By adjusting the buttons on a gas barbecue, you can make the fire (and thus the temperature) higher or lower. Great if you want to prepare multiple dishes on different temperatures. The more independent burners you have on your gas barbecue, the more accurately you can determine the temperature.

How fast will the BBQ be clean?

Cleaning a charcoal barbecue

Cleaning a charcoal barbecue is a lot of work

Cleaning a charcoal barbecue is a lot of work. Please note that the barbecue remains hot for a long time after grilling. Wait at least until the next morning, and make sure that there are no small children or enthusiastic pets near you.

Cleaning a gas barbecue

A clean gas barbecue within 10 minutes

Cleaning a gas barbecue is much easier and faster. First, scrape the coarse food remains off the rack and put the barbecue on the highest heat for 10 minutes, with the lid closed. This way the food remains burn to ash. After this, it's only a matter of cooling down. You can easily clean the rack after it's cooled.

Haven't made a choice yet?

Have you considered all of the advantages and disadvantages above? You may have decided which one is best type of barbecue for you. If that's not the case, think about what feeling a barbecue gives you. Do you want to see fire and flip your meat with hands full of charcoal stains? You're susceptible to the authentic grill feeling and you just have to buy a charcoal barbecue. Does a barbecue feel like the extension of your kitchen and do you expect to use it every day? A gas barbecue really is the best option for you.


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