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  # 2370918 9-Dec-2019 10:14
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mrphil:

 

Charcoal recommendation, something easy to get going

 

I've been using briquette ones and i find it extremely hard to get lit 

 

 

I tried briquette once - it doesn't last as long as a good hard charcoal, doesn't have the smoky flavour and doesn't burn as hot. It's a total miss for me.

 

Lump charcoal is available at Bunnings and some supermarkets. 





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  # 2370919 9-Dec-2019 10:15
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mrphil:

 

Charcoal recommendation, something easy to get going

 

I've been using briquette ones and i find it extremely hard to get lit 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a chimney? https://www.bunnings.co.nz/samba-chimney-starter_p00323866

 

I use briquttes and lump from cheap and crappy (Samba) to decent (Heatbeads) and that terrible chimney and never have any issues.

 

If I have time a couple of fire staters, if not I have a little portable gas cooker I stick under it. Like this but a portable one: Image result for use gas to light charcoal chimney


 
 
 
 


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  # 2370922 9-Dec-2019 10:17
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freitasm:

 

mrphil:

 

Charcoal recommendation, something easy to get going

 

I've been using briquette ones and i find it extremely hard to get lit 

 

 

I tried briquette once - it doesn't last as long as a good hard charcoal, doesn't have the smoky flavour and doesn't burn as hot. It's a total miss for me.

 

Lump charcoal is available at Bunnings and some supermarkets. 

 

 

I just use wood.  Mix of old rimu my father in law collected from old houses, or cherry wood cut down from some of my trees.   Means a burn down (before you can cook) takes about an hour....and that's the drinking/skewering time.





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  # 2370924 9-Dec-2019 10:20
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freitasm:

 

mrphil:

 

Charcoal recommendation, something easy to get going

 

I've been using briquette ones and i find it extremely hard to get lit 

 

 

I tried briquette once - it doesn't last as long as a good hard charcoal, doesn't have the smoky flavour and doesn't burn as hot. It's a total miss for me.

 

Lump charcoal is available at Bunnings and some supermarkets. 

 

 

Agreed on all accounts. 

 

Mainly use briquettes either for Sausages where it doesn't really matter, or where you don't want much smoke - chicken.

 

Any decent cook needs lump.


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  # 2370925 9-Dec-2019 10:24
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freitasm:

 

mrphil:

 

Charcoal recommendation, something easy to get going

 

I've been using briquette ones and i find it extremely hard to get lit 

 

 

I tried briquette once - it doesn't last as long as a good hard charcoal, doesn't have the smoky flavour and doesn't burn as hot. It's a total miss for me.

 

Lump charcoal is available at Bunnings and some supermarkets. 

 

 

I've been looking for lump charcoal but it seems my suerpmarket and mitre 10 doesnt sell it...will have to go bunnings.

 

 

 

CokemonZ:

 

mrphil:

 

Charcoal recommendation, something easy to get going

 

I've been using briquette ones and i find it extremely hard to get lit 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a chimney? https://www.bunnings.co.nz/samba-chimney-starter_p00323866

 

I use briquttes and lump from cheap and crappy (Samba) to decent (Heatbeads) and that terrible chimney and never have any issues.

 

If I have time a couple of fire staters, if not I have a little portable gas cooker I stick under it. Like this but a portable one: 

 

 

Don't have a chimney, it might have to invest in one...Thanks


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  # 2370931 9-Dec-2019 10:35
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Mitre 10 and Bunnings both sell lump charcoal. But Bunnings is better value. Mitre 10 is 10KG for $40 and Bunnings is 20KG for $60.

 

https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/heat-beads-lumpwood-charcoal-10kg/p/304373

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/heat-beads-20kg-lumpwood_p03180849

 

 

 

As far as lighting goes:

 

Expensive, but fast: https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/bernzomatic-blowlamp-trigger-propane-kit-torch-and-gas-cylinder-yellow/p/189912

 

I've had it for 2 years and still on the original MAP-Pro gas canister.


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  # 2370932 9-Dec-2019 10:38
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Pros and Cons of cooking with Coal vs Gas - let's fight it out! Which one is better? 

 

We've just purchased a Broil King Monarch gas BBQ but should I also get a coal? 

 


Is it hard to start and control the temperature? 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2370937 9-Dec-2019 10:50
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turtleattacks:

 

Pros and Cons of cooking with Coal vs Gas - let's fight it out! Which one is better? 

 

We've just purchased a Broil King Monarch gas BBQ but should I also get a coal? 

 


Is it hard to start and control the temperature? 

 

 

They're just differnet.  If I want a steak tonight for dinner, I'll start the gas and be done in 20 mins.  Basically it's like a frying pan.

 

But if I want an BBQ with friends, then I'll get out the wood fire bbq and spend the afternoon doing it.  Even though the actual cook time is about the same (for me).





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  # 2370938 9-Dec-2019 10:52
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davidcole:

 

I think mine are fairly well documented.

 

Click to see full size

 

This one is 10 spits (about half a kg each), half lamb, half chicken.  Cooks in about 25 mins.  Sometimes will do some with a indian inspired flavouring.

 

Went looking for a picture of a @scottjpalmer but didn't have one.  Seems to be if there's a BBQ, he's at it.

 

 

The smaller image makes your bbq look like some kind of flaming outdoor football table.


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  # 2370939 9-Dec-2019 10:54
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turtleattacks:

 

Pros and Cons of cooking with Coal vs Gas - let's fight it out! Which one is better? 

 

We've just purchased a Broil King Monarch gas BBQ but should I also get a coal? 

 


Is it hard to start and control the temperature? 

 

 

In my opinion charcoal is heaps better as far as flavour goes.

 

Getting it started isn't a huge issue if you have the right equipment.

 

Temperature control is definitely more of a challenge with charcoal. But once you get the hang of it and have learned the nuances of your particular BBQ it's not too bad.

 

Clean up (on my particular charcoal BBQ) is dead easy.

 

Gas is definitely way more convenient though, which for many (most?) is it's single biggest advantage and selling point. I only have charcoal, and sometimes it's too much of a hassle to bother with if I'm only looking at grilling a few sausages.

 

I replaced my 6 burner Masport gas BBQ a couple of years ago with a Kamado Joe and don't regret it at all. It's a hard comparison though, as I went from a cheap brand gas to a premium brand charcoal. I've never cooked on a premium gas one.


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  # 2370994 9-Dec-2019 11:13
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elpenguino:

 

davidcole:

 

I think mine are fairly well documented.

 

Click to see full size

 

This one is 10 spits (about half a kg each), half lamb, half chicken.  Cooks in about 25 mins.  Sometimes will do some with a indian inspired flavouring.

 

Went looking for a picture of a @scottjpalmer but didn't have one.  Seems to be if there's a BBQ, he's at it.

 

 

The smaller image makes your bbq look like some kind of flaming outdoor football table.

 

 

Makes for an interesting game.  Loser has to eat all the players.





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  # 2371001 9-Dec-2019 11:17
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davidcole:

 

Makes for an interesting game.  Winner gets to eat all the players.

 

 

Fixed.


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  # 2371048 9-Dec-2019 11:29
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Paul1977:

 

Mitre 10 and Bunnings both sell lump charcoal. But Bunnings is better value. Mitre 10 is 10KG for $40 and Bunnings is 20KG for $60.

 

https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/heat-beads-lumpwood-charcoal-10kg/p/304373

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/heat-beads-20kg-lumpwood_p03180849

 

 

 

As far as lighting goes:

 

Expensive, but fast: https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/bernzomatic-blowlamp-trigger-propane-kit-torch-and-gas-cylinder-yellow/p/189912

 

I've had it for 2 years and still on the original MAP-Pro gas canister.

 

 

I will have another look. Thank you


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  # 2371051 9-Dec-2019 11:31
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mrphil:

 

I will have another look. Thank you

 

 

I couldn't find it the first time I got it, just ask them where it is.




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  # 2371052 9-Dec-2019 11:31
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I start the fire one hour before cooking - charcoal will take about 45 minutes to turn into uniform white hot embers. I calculate usually a kilo of charcoal for a kilo of meat.





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