Gas BBQ’s Vs Charcoal BBQ’s – Which Best Suits Your Needs?

Gas BBQ’s vs Charcoal BBQ’s – Which Best Suits Your Needs?

It’s that time of year again when the smell of barbecues fill the air and as we try to make the most of the brief window of sunshine you will probably be considering buying a new barbecue of your own. This often leads to the age-old question, which is better charcoal or gas-fueled barbecue? Luckily for you we have put together the definitive pros and cons of both forms of barbecue to help you work out which is best suited to your needs.

Not all barbecues are created equal.  At Haldane Fisher, we endeavour to provide our customers with high-quality products, and that is why in regard to BBQ’s we look no further than Weber® BBQ’s.  We consider Weber® to manufacture the most versatile, most portable and all-around most high-quality outdoor grilling solutions.   Whilst that quality and versatility may cost slightly more than other standard barbecues, we believe the quality, the peace of mind and the durability of the Weber® to be worth the extra investment.

So without further ado lets look at the options?

Charcoal BBQ’s

Charcoal BBQ's available from Haldane Fisher

Charcoal BBQ’s available from Haldane Fisher

Firstly, let’s take a look charcoal fuelled barbecues. So how do they work?

Directions: Arrange glowing briquettes on each side of the charcoal grate. Pour some water into a dip tray and place it between the briquette piles. Place the cooking grate on the barbecue and position your food directly above the tray.


  • Charcoal barbecues are cheaper to buy than gas alternatives
  • They are usually easier to assemble and lighter to move around
  • They are often smaller in size making them easier to either fold up or store away
  • They produce a traditional smokey barbecue flavour


  • They can be difficult to light, maintain and slow to heat
  • Cleaning away the remaining ash can be messy


Weber® Charcoal BBQ’s available from Haldane Fisher

For more information on  Weber® Charcoal Ranges available, please contact  your nearest Haldane Fisher branch.


Gas Barbecues

Gas BBQ's available from Haldane Fisher

Gas BBQ’s available from Haldane Fisher

So how does this compare to gas fuelled barbecues? Let’s look at how they work.

Directions: Light your barbecue on full and let it preheat for 5 minutes. Switch off the middle burners and arrange your food on the cooking grate above the unlit burners. Drop the temperature by turning the outside burners to medium, close the lid and let the barbecue do the rest.


  • They are quick to light and reduce the overall cooking time needed so you can get more use out of them
  • They are easier to light for quick meals so you can always have a last minute barbecue


  • Some barbecuing purists feel that cooking with gas takes away from the BBQ experience and is less fun
  • When cooking with gas there’s always the possibility of the tank running out in the middle of grilling


Weber® Gas Barbecues available from Haldane Fisher

For more information on  Weber® Charcoal Ranges available, please contact  your nearest Haldane Fisher branch.


So know that you know the pros and cons you should be a little clearer on which one best suits you. If you’re after speed and convince then on paper it would seem to be gas and if you enjoy the hands-on experience of lighting the charcoal and creating your own fire then charcoal would probably suit best.

Haldane Fisher BBQ's

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Then there is the issue of taste; and taste is a key part of the appeal of deciding to have a barbecue in the first place. Some Charcoal enthusiasts would argue food cooked on a gas grill does not have the same distinct flavour associated with cooking meat over real charcoal coals, whilst Gas devotees would counter that with the flavourising bars supplied with the Weber® Gas range,  this is no longer the case.

A lot of us also take a sense of pride in the ability to make a fire and keep it going at the correct temperature while cooking.  Alternatively having the convenience of having the perfect fire at the push of a button and are ready almost straight away to grill your food.  The temperature on a gas BBQ can be adjusted with great precision, while charcoal often leaves a mess, not to mention that post BBQ ash that that needs to be removed from your BBQ.

Both Charcoal and Gas barbecues give you great results everytime as they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method.  Don’t forget to utilise the various types of heat – Direct and Indirect.

Direct and indirect heat refer to grilling or open-fire cooking. Direct heat (similar to broiling) means cooking directly over the heat source , while indirect cooking (similar to boiling) refers to cooking adjacent to the heat source. A combination of direct heat for searing followed by indirect heat for long, slow cooking tends to be one of the most skillful ways to use the grill.  Direct heat will get you great grill marks over a fast flame, while indirect will bring your meat to temperature. The difference is where the food is placed in relation to the heat source. For more advice on barbecuing techniques check out our guide at

Then there’s the cost to consider, gas barbecues are generally more expensive then their charcoal counterparts.

The choice really is yours, as you can see there are arguments to be made for both forms of barbecue. One thing is certain though, you can’t beat grilling meat on a warm summer’s day with good friends and a cold drink.

To purchase a BBQ or for more information please contact your local Haldane Fisher Branch.

Decking and Fencing available from Haldane Fisher

Spring-cleaning Your Decking and Fencing

Spring has finally arrived bringing with it the chance to give your garden some much-needed attention. Now is a great time to prepare for the warmer months when, with any luck, we can spend more time outside. One area to focus your efforts on is the wooden accessories that help enhance your garden, for example Garden furniture, decking and fencing. So what is the best way to approach this spring-clean?

Take Stock

The process of spring-cleaning is a little like spring-cleaning your home. After the effects of the cold and wet during the winter months have a good look around to identify the areas that need a bit of TLC.   This especially applies to your fencing and decking that has been exposed to the elements all year round.

Some of the most common areas include signs that it has been damaged during the winter, perhaps by impact from debris in high winds or maybe from the freezing and thawing process or general colour fading. If any of the material looks to be beyond help, then you might want to look to replace them, otherwise you can get an idea of what needs the most work and what just needs a little bit of help to look back to its best.

Once you have identified what needs to be done keep an eye on the forecast, not only should you not apply any paints or stains in damp conditions but conditions that are too hot can also speed up the drying process and prevent the wood from benefiting of the full effects of the treatment.

Cleaning & Upgrading

One of the main aims of spring-cleaning is to help restore the wood to its best and to lengthen its lifespan. There are various treatments that can be used once the wood is clean to help it look great and protect it against the elements.

Various paints and stains are available which allows you to add a splash of colour to your garden and it can be used on decking, fencing, sheds and other wood features. Following a more severe winter you may need a more specialist paint that fills in small cracks and splinters to help restore wood. Deck stains are a traditional way to give the area a new look, while decking oils replace the natural oils in the wood that are lost over time and enhance the natural look of the wood.

Decking available from Haldane Fisher

Decking available from Haldane Fisher

Caring For Wood Afterwards

Once the woodwork around your home is in good condition and your spring-cleaning is finished, you can focus on the steps to take to keep it in top condition for the rest of the year.

Keep an eye out for any protruding screws or nails that have become exposed as this can lead to a nasty scratch if children are playing on the decking. Wash away bird droppings as often as possible as they contain substances that can affect the colour of your wood as well as developing ugly stains.

Look out for water stains under any pots on the decking or overhanging it as they can lead speed up the deterioration process. Consider lifting them off the surface and positioning hanging baskets over grass or border areas.

Spring-cleaning your decking and fencing can help increase its longevity and insure that the woodwork around your house looks at its best. This means that when the sun finally does come out, no matter how briefly, you can enjoy your garden area with only a small amount of regular maintenance.