If you’re looking to have a barbeque, then perhaps you’ve already decided when and where to have it, and what you’re going to eat. What you may not have considered is the sort of charcoal you’re going to use.
Here’s what you need to think about.
1. How Often
How often you’re going to have a BBQ and eat outdoors will help you to determine whether it’ll be worth you using a cheap disposable BBQ that comes with everything you need, or getting a portable or built in barbeque that will need charcoal and other accessories.
2. Time of Year
Depending on the time of year you’re having your barbeque, you might find that charcoal is not easily available. Whilst every garage, supermarket, DIY store and corner shop seems to sell charcoal during the summer, it can be harder to find out of season.
3. Last minute or well in advance
For those that do things on the spur of the moment, and the sort of person that will try and eat outside at every opportunity, then you’ll need to make sure that you’ve always got some charcoal. You don’t want to spend all day at work looking forward to a barbeque only to discover that you don’t have any charcoal, and can’t find any locally.
4. Bulk or when needed
If you know that you’re going to be having barbeques as often as you can, then it will make sense to buy your charcoal in bulk. Buying charcoal online can save you time and money, and will also mean that you’ve got charcoal when you want it, whether that’s in the height of summer or in the middle of winter, you’ll be able to cook and eat outside.
5. How many people
How many people you’ll be cooking for can help you to determine how much charcoal you Activated charcoal need. Are you cooking for your family at the weekend, or catering for large numbers or events on a regular basis?
6. Restaurant charcoal
If you’re looking at using charcoal for cooking pizzas in your restaurant, then restaurant charcoal is highly recommended. Restaurant charcoal comes in bigger pieces than normal lumpwood charcoal, and is also longer lasting.
7. Lumpwood charcoal
Lumpwood charcoal is ideal for domestic use, and comes in bags that are easy to manage. The small pieces make it convenient to start and maintain your barbeque.
8. Charcoal briquettes
Charcoal briquettes can be cheaper, but are often harder to light, and produce more ash. However they do usually burn for a long time.
9. Value for money
No matter what sort of charcoal you’re looking for, what time of year it is, or how many people you’re expecting to eat, you’ll want to make sure that your charcoal provides good value for money. Whilst buying locally offers convenience, buying your charcoal online will often be cheaper.