Charcoal BBQ

How to create a strong charcoal fire …
And keep it going

Because of the way Weber charcoal grills are built, they produce excellent results time and time again. They are made from premium porcelain enamelled steel that distributes heat evenly. They are ideal BBQs for years of reliable service and praise for the cook.

The taste of your food depends on your BBQ, so be sure that a one-off bargain does not result in long-term disappointment. Invest in a good BBQ that meets your needs perfectly. The beauty of a charcoal grill is its simplicity. A good charcoal BBQ has a special grate for the charcoal. The cooking grill is positioned above the charcoal and a lid with air vents is placed on top. Simple and straightforward.

The indirect method is similar to roasting. The charcoal is arranged evenly on either side of the charcoal grate and a drip pan is placed in the centre. When the lid is closed, the heat rises and circulates around the food, much like in a convection oven. This method is used for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time, such as turkey, roulades, ham hocks, but also cakes and bread.

The direct method is similar to broiling: the food is placed over the charcoal. This method is used for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook, such as sausages, kebabs, vegetables, fish …

Lump charcoal or briquettes?

Charcoal burns faster, while briquettes burn longer and more evenly.
Of course, everything depends on the quality. Briquettes release less ash and you can keep any remaining briquettes for your next BBQ by closing all the vents to extinguish the briquettes.

The choice is yours. Our range includes both.

To ensure a simple, perfectly functioning charcoal BBQ that is reliable across the board, Weber has developed its own fuels.

The advantages of Weber fuels
Weber fuels are eco-friendly and respect the environment, people and their working conditions. They smoulder more and give off more heat, and they produce less smoke and volatiles. Weber fuels meet the highest standards and protocols, including those published by TFT.

Chimney starter

With the chimney starter, you can light your charcoal BBQ without any effort. You will have a perfect bed of glowing charcoal or briquettes in 15 to 30 minutes. Just the right amount of time to have an aperitif with your friends …

Chimney starter instructions

  1. Fill the Weber chimney starter with briquettes or charcoal. Place 2 to 3 lighter cubes on the cooking grate, light them and place the chimney starter on top.
  2. After about 30 minutes (for briquettes) or 15 to 20 minutes (for charcoal), the contents of the cimney starter will be covered in a grey ash layer and you can transfer the content on to the charcoal grate or briquette holder.
  3. The Weber chimney starter ensures your briquettes or charcoal heat up very quickly and achieves the best possible temperature.