Gas Barbecues

If you regularly barbecue during the week, it is often an advantage to have a Gas BBQ. You start it with a simple click, and its ready after 10-15 minutes.

The taste from a Gas Barbecue is also just as delicious as the taste of charcoal-grilled food. In blind tests, most people cannot taste a difference, and when they can, the gas BBQ sometimes wins over the charcoal barbecue.

Control the heat 100% on a Gas Barbecue

The control knob on a Gas BBQ allows you to have complete control over the heat. A gas BBQ also makes it fast, easy and more economic to barbecue small portions, such as a couple of bananas with melted chocolate for dessert.

Many people actually choose to have both a gas and a charcoal BBQ, as it gives them more options for creating better BBQ experiences. Most people think it's nice to take their time barbecuing on weekends, because it's a good opportunity to get together with friends.

Gas BBQ or briquettes - or both?

Should you choose a Gas BBQ or a model that uses charcoal/ briquettes? It much depends on your temperament.

A Gas Barbecue is perfect for everyday use, because it is quick and easy to fire up. This means that you can be spontaneous and save time on your cooking.

However, if you choose to barbecue with briquettes, you can enjoy the unique experience of mastering the perfect flames. Charcoal barbecues are ideal for the weekend, when you have plenty of time and can make preparing the meal a special occasion.

If you have both a Gas BBQ and a charcoal BBQ, then you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Cooking on two barbecues also makes it easier to prepare different courses for multiple guests at the same time - during a summer get-together for all the family.

Looking after your Gas Barbecue and gas cylinders.

A few useful tips on how to look after your new Gas Barbecue.

  • Always barbecue outside in a well ventilated area with enough space around the Gas BBQ.
  • Do not use your BBQ in windy or bad weather conditions.
  • Make sure to remove all the excess fat and residue from the Gas BBQ after each usage to prevent fire hazards.
  • Make sure to regularly check your gas cylinder valves, hoses and connections for any leaks, or blockages. To check for a gas leak, spray a solution of soapy water onto the hose and connection.
  • Bubbles are likely to form if there is a gas leak. Make sure to always test the connection to the gas cylinder every time it is re-connected.
  • Gas cylinders should be stored outside in a well ventilated area, make sure that they are positioned upright and away from all heat sources.
  • Gas cylinders are required to be checked, tested and stamped every 10 years.
  • Always use the correct barbecue gas. Autogas is different from barbecue gas and should never be used with your BBQ.
  • Never attempt to repair gas appliances yourself. Ensure a fully licensed gas fitter carries out any work (please note that not every plumber is a licensed gas fitter)
  • Do not use your BBQ in windy or bad weather conditions.

Cleaning your BBQ grate

When your new Gas BBQ arrives, the cooking grate will be shiny and sparkling. This is the last time you will see it in this condition. Grates that are used regularly turn black. That’s what they should look like.

So do not waste time and effort polishing the cooking grate to a shine after every time you barbecue. You only need to clean the cooking grate thoroughly once in a while. Then rinse it thoroughly in hot water. The next time you barbecue, you can heat the cooking grate up and then use a BBQ brush to scrub off any remaining patches of residue. Clean cast iron cooking grates and inserts in the same way. When they are clean, wipe them with cooking oil to protect them against rust.