We know of many people who have been bitten by the glamping bug after a memorable stay at one of our glamping UK destinations. So, if you are one of the people who are keen to create your own glamping experience and you are looking to buy some equipment to kit your abode out with, a grill is probably going to be on your list.

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While building your dream glamping retreat, you will want to consider the options when it comes to cooking appliances, which is why we have taken the time to do a comparison between charcoal and gas grills, so that you can pick the best option for you and the environment too!


Charcoal Grills

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Charcoal grills offer an authentic and smoky flavour to food when cooked, which is often favoured when staying outdoors.

Most of the charcoal burned with these grills are charcoal briquettes, which are made up from a number of different elements. This includes a lighter fluid, sawdust, by-products from wood production, and a binding agent to keep it all together, which is usually starch, but is not always specified. This may mean that you are not too sure of what you are cooking your food on!

Charcoal can produce a lot more carbon dioxide than a propane grill, sometimes over 100 times more! You must also be careful about the fumes emitted from burning them, as they can be potentially harmful, especially if there are children around.

However, there are a number of eco-friendly charcoal brands that you can buy from, which offer charcoal made from 100% naturally occurring products, with no chemical or petroleum additives. The Big Green Egg Company offer a range of nature friendly barbeque products, and can be found on their website here.


Gas Grills

Fish being cooked on a gas grill at a glamping UK abode








Gas grills claim superiority due to their ease of set up and cleaning, along with safer cooking of food and cheaper fuel. Gas produces far less Carbon Dioxide as a by-product of cooking than charcoal, with a study showing that gas produced nearly half the amount of Carbon Dioxide per hour as traditional charcoal.

Even with gas being derived from fossil fuels, it is better for the planet emissions-wise than charcoal. It also offers a more consistent cooking temperature, meaning your food will be cooking thoroughly throughout, meaning less chance of food poisoning occurring.

Gas grills also burn for longer than charcoal grills, offering you a much longer cooking experience, meaning you will be able to enjoy the cooking experience for a longer duration than you may get with charcoal barbequing.

Overall, gas grilling is said to be a greener option when it comes to cooking. However, with the new forms of cooking with green charcoal, and with the cooking occurring on a small scale, charcoal may well not be as bad as first thought. At the end of the day, the choice is yours!

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