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Choosing the right Patio Barbecue for your Garden

Apr 5, 2008
When it comes to which kind of patio barbecues you want for your garden there are two basic styles that one can choose from. You can either choose to buy one that uses gas or else you can go the more traditional route and buy one that uses charcoal. But what you will soon discover when looking at each type is that they have their own particular advantages and disadvantages and the one you choose will be because it is the one that you prefer.

Of the two types of barbecues, that one now can have installed on the patio at home the gas version is becoming ever more popular over the charcoal ones. Below we now look at just what some of the advantages and disadvantages are from owning either version that we mentioned above.

1. The gas barbecues have become more popular as not only are they much easier to use but they create far less mess compared to the charcoal style ones. However, the coals that are used in the gas ones are far more expensive to the charcoal that you need to buy for the other kind of barbecue.

2. You will find that the initial purchase of a charcoal barbecue is much less than that of a gas one. The only other real expenditure you have when purchasing a charcoal one is buying the starting fluid and the bricks for it. Whereas with a gas one you also need to buy the coals for it along with a full cylinder of gas as well.

3. A big disadvantage that comes with owning a charcoal barbecue compared to the gas barbecues is the time it actually takes before you are able to start cooking on one. With a charcoal patio barbecue, you need to light the charcoals and then wait for the flames to disappear before the coals are hot enough to cook with. This can take as much as 15 to 30 minutes before the coals have gained sufficient heat in them. Whereas with a gas barbecue you just make sure that, the gas is lit and then wait for a few minutes for the coals to heat up enough.

4. Another big advantage to be gained from owning a gas barbecue is that there are several different additional pieces of equipment that you can get for it. You will often find that most good quality gas patio barbecues come with a side burner already attached alongside the actual grill. With this, you can prepare sauces or other kinds of side dishes that are to be served with your main meal. Also, if you want to spend a little more money you can get smokers, rotisseries and pan roasters to go with your gas barbecue as well.

5. Above we have shown you a number of the advantages and disadvantages to be had from owning either kind of barbecue. But there is one thing that you will not really see any difference with when you cook on either type and that is the way that the food tastes. In fact, there is very little difference that you will notice in just how great the good tastes whether being cooked using gas or charcoal.

As you will see from above it does not really matter which of the various types of patio barbecues it is you choose to buy. But it is a good idea that you do make sure that the one you do select is made using only good quality steel. Plus look for ones that offer you a warranty of around 10 years on them as well.
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As you can see there are a wide range of patio barbecues to choose from and many are sold from online shops at very good prices. The good thing about these barbecues as well is that they are easy to install and maintain.
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