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Gas Barbecues

Gas barbecues range in price from almost £300 to £3,000 so as you can imagine the choice can be bewildering so start off with thinking about how many people you are going to be cooking for; if you regularly entertain friends then the small grills are out of the question. If you are an occasional barbecuer who just cooks the standard fare then there is no point in splashing out on additional features you are not going to use, but if you really enjoy grilling and want to add to your repertoire of recipes then go for one to which you can add accessories in the future, such as a rotisserie, wok or Dutch oven. The advantage of gas over charcoal is that it heats up faster and there are no messy ashes to clean out; the Flavorizor Bars on the larger models give you the smokey taste that many purists claim can’t be achieved from gas. The minimum kit you need when starting out on the BBQ road is a 2 Piece Tool Set, Premium Heat-proof Gloves and a Digital Read Thermometer. The Barbecue Shop located in the store here at Ambleside is one of the largest dedicated BBQ stores in the country and specialises in Weber, Traeger, Ooni and Kadai, so do pop in and see us as we stock much more BBQ related merchandise than is available online.

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Ian Hodgett
Furniture and Barbecue Buyer
Ian has worked for Hayes since leaving school, spending the majority of this time in the outdoor furniture department and like Keith has an in-depth knowledge of Hayes customers. He also has the same ethos at heart when buying garden furniture; will it be an acceptable price and quality? He also takes into account the changing fashions and environmental considerations, such as using recycled materials, being recyclable at the end of its life and is the timber sourced from forests which have a re-planting policy. Ian’s other passion is barbecuing which resulted in Hayes having one of the few Weber Worlds within The Barbecue Shop here in store. The Barbecue Shop has gained a reputation as being one of the best places in north west England to obtain all your BBQ requisites as it stocks everything you need apart from the food. Some of our best sellers are the Angus & Oink and Traeger rubs and sauces which can elevate your food from the ordinary to the absolutely divine. Ian regularly posts on Instagram the results of his grilling labours and it’s not just the usual barbecue fare of bangers and burgers. If you head to the Hayes Garden World Youtube channel you can view almost 200 videos Ian has appeared in with top BBQ chef Richard Holden. These videos show you that there is no limit to the creative dishes you can cook on your BBQ, whether it’s fuelled by gas, charcoal, electric or wood pellets. Almost all the dishes are simple and well within the capabilities of any barbecuer, they range from the Christmas dinner to puddings to vegetarian dishes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gas barbecues are much quicker to get to the correct temperature than charcoal or wood pellet. If you don't like the idea of disposing of ashes then gas is much cleaner. You can cook anything on the larger gas barbecues that you can in your kitchen so if you don't like the idea of the usual BBQ fare but wish to cook outside then these grills are ideal. Purists claim that you don't get the same smoky flavour as you do from charcoal but you can use a smoker box with flavoured wood chips.
There is a huge range of sizes from the small portable Weber Go-Anywhere to the large grills with 6 burners and side burners which also allow you to cook sauces or boil vegetables.
Yes, they are all built to withstand the British weather however covering them if they are sited under trees or on the birds flight path is recommended. Covering them or taking them under cover in winter isn't necessary but will prolong their life span and keep them looking pristine longer. 
They need the grate cleaning off with a wire brush and the grease trap cleaned out after every cook. We also recommend a thorough clean once a year, clean out burner nozzles, take out and wash any removable parts, clean out the body and grease trap, finally wash down the outside. Dedicated BBQ cleaners are available. If you have a Weber BBQ we can service it for you; we will pick it up, clean it and replace any worn parts then return it to you; just contact The Barbecue Shop in store for details.  

Buyers guide to gas barbecues

If you love barbecue but not the mess that goes with charcoal then gas barbecues are ideal as the heat is instant and there are no ashes to deal with, but BBQ purists claim that you don’t get the authentic flavour. However, this can be remedied by using flavoured wood chips in a smoker box. The top of the range gas barbecues allow you to cook anything you can cook in your home, with the addition of a few accessories, such as the rotisserie, Dutch oven, griddle and wok. As one of only a handful of Weber World stores in The Barbecue Shop here in store we stock all the Weber gas barbecues from the smallest 2 burner Spirit II S-210 GBS to the large 6 burner Summit E-670 GBS capable of cooking for a large party or just the two of you. Having the 6 burners makes it easier to have distinct direct and indirect cooking zones allowing you to sear your meat or cook thin burgers or escallops over the direct heat and thoroughly cook larger pieces and sausages over the indirect heat. The indirect zone being cooler lets you cook the larger pieces without burning, especially important when applying the sauce towards the end, the high sugar content in the sauce can quickly burn. There are a huge number of rubs and sauces available in The Barbecue Shop here in store with the Angus and Oink range also being available online; the rule is rubs go on at the beginning and the sauces at the end. The small portable Weber Go-Anywhere gas BBQ allows you to experience that delicious BBQ food on the beach or on a picnic in the countryside. Taking the gas version means that you don’t have the problem of disposing of hot ashes or having to carry them home. The Weber GBS (Gourmet BBQ System) barbecues have a huge range of accessories which enable you to try out dishes you never thought possible on a barbecue, such as stews, moules mariniere, a full English breakfast or just a stir fry; accessories include a Dutch oven, wok, griddle and sear grate.

Even sauces are possible thanks to the side burners on the larger Weber models. The iGrills on the Webers help you cook your meat to perfection; the iGrill 2 can accommodate 4 probes, allowing you to cook 4 pieces of meat to perfection. It is controlled remotely sending alerts to your phone when your meat is ready to come off the grill. The rotisseries  can help you cook your meat to perfection while retaining all the meat’s juices.

Our barbecue buyer, Ian Hodgett, is a passionate griller and owns several grills covering the whole gamut of fuels; gas, charcoal, wood pellet and electric so is hugely experienced and both his team and himself are always available to give you any advice you may need. The Barbecue Shop is open all year round and packed with everything you can possibly need to achieve your perfect cook, from grills to griddles. If you are unsure whether a gas grill is for you, we offer a test drive service where you book a slot and we will have the grill of your choice fired up and ready for you, all you need to do is bring your bangers and burgers. The team will be on hand to give you advice and offer tips to achieve that perfect cook. Click here to read the blog and watch the video where we cook burgers over gas, electric and charcoal. If you want to improve your BBQ repertoire click here to check out the numerous recipes and videos we have made with Ian and top BBQ chef Richard Holden. We regularly hold BBQ masterclasses and demos in the store at Ambleside so keep an eye on the Events page to see when the next classes are occurring.