If you’ve been shopping for a new BBQ, you’ll no doubt have been amazed at the large variety of products available. There are so many things to keep in mind before parting with your cash. These include how large you need the piece of equipment to be, what model you would prefer and, most importantly, whether you want it to run off gas or charcoal.
There are loads of benefits to owning a high-quality gas BBQ such as the Weber Summit - take a look at the five advantages below to get an idea of whether gas cookers are right for you.
1. They fire up fast
While I appreciate that good things come to those who wait, I really can’t be bothered hanging around for the 45 minutes it can take a charcoal BBQ to heat up. If, like me, you’re impatient, purchase a Weber gas one.
These can take just a couple of minutes to get to a suitable cooking temperature, which is perfect if your garden party has been a bit spur of the moment.
2. They are simple to control
If I’ve managed to gather my friends and family together, there’s no way I want to be tied to the barbecue to prevent the food from burning. Gas BBQs come with settings so you can control how hot it gets. So, if you’d like to eat something yourself or enjoy a refreshing drink and a sit-down, just turn the heat a little bit lower.
As charcoal BBQs cook food on open flames, you don’t have the option to turn the heat higher or lower.
3. They are easy to clean
Weber gas barbecues are great if you hate the thought of having to do much cleaning while your guests are still having fun. Whereas with many charcoal BBQs you have to scrape the coals out, clean the parts and get rid of any smoke stains, gas versions tend to just need a quick wipe. This means once you’ve finished cooking you can join the company of your friends and relatives as quickly as possible.
4. They quickly cook food
As mentioned, gas BBQs are quick to heat up, but they are also fast at cooking food – safely, of course. If you are a bit worried about whether poultry and meat are thoroughly cooked, you can buy gas grills that come with a thermometer.
If you’ve got a large group to entertain, gas equipment can therefore be the most convenient option so they don’t have to wait too long to be fed.
5. They come in all shapes and sizes
Should you be something of a food connoisseur, gas BBQs are likely to be right up your street. This is because they come in a wide variety of sizes – the more burners, the more powerful the grill. Larger ones tend to be more flexible and accommodate lots of different types of food.
If you fancy treating yourself, snap up a sophisticated model with extras such as rotisseries, large drip trays for fat and thermometers.
Of course, charcoal barbecues also have their own benefits – you might like the fact food is cooked on open flames and takes that little bit longer. It all depends on your lifestyle and budget.
Leave your thoughts on any other benefits to gas BBQs below and see what others think about them.