Should I Choose Gas or Charcoal Barbecue?
Charcoal Barbecue - Pros
Grilling food over a charcoal grill is a traditional method of barbecuing, and can give that authentic smokey smell of a BBQ. The smoke which comes as a by-product from the white-hot charcoal infuses with the fat of the food, to give an authentic char-grilled taste. Charcoal BBQs are generally cheaper than gas one, so if you are looking for a simple and cheap option for cooking authentic barbecued food, charcoal should be your choice. Charcoal bricks are readily available in the UK, and ideal for those who do the occasional BBQing, rather than religiously cooking on your grill.
Charcoal Barbecue - Cons
However, charcoal barbecues can be trickier to light and heat up than gas, and can result in a longer cooking time for your burgers and sausages.
Gas Barbecues - Pros
With a consistent heat source, and many Gas Barbecues coming with electronic ignition (such as the Bon-Fire 3 Burner Gas BBQ), Gas Barbecues are quicker to light and heat up. They provide a quicker and consistent heat source at the flick of a switch, and can mean quicker cooking times for your food.
Gas Barbecues - Cons
As Charcoal Grills are cheaper, Gas ones are more expensive. If you are after something at more of a budget price, a gas barbecue may not be the best option for you. Also, as Gas Barbecues are more premium, they generally are of larger construction. If you have a small garden, or not much storage opportunity, be sure to check the measurements of the Gas Barbecue to ensure that you have enough room for it.