Easter is a fantastic time to get together with friends and family, enjoy the outdoors, and have a barbecue. If you want to take your Easter weekend to the next level, consider upgrading to a wood-fired barbecue for food with a delicious smoky flavour.

Keep reading to explore the benefits of using a wood-fired barbecue, how to choose the right one, and some tips and tricks to make the most of your Easter weekend.

Why choose a wood-fired barbecue?

Delicious grilled meat with vegetables sizzling over the coals

There are many benefits to using a wood-fired barbecue over a traditional gas or charcoal grill.

Firstly, the flavour. The smoke from the wood will add a unique flavour to your food that you can’t get from other grills. Whether you’re grilling meat, fish, vegetables or fruit, the smoky taste will make your dishes stand out.

It’s healthier, too. Wood-fired barbecues burn cleaner than gas or charcoal grills, releasing fewer harmful chemicals and toxins into the environment and your food.

What’s more, it’s a more sustainable option. Wood is a renewable resource that can be sourced locally, reducing the carbon footprint of your barbecue.

Choosing the best wood-fired barbecue

Group of friends gathered around a table in a garden on a summer evening to share a meal and have a good time together

When choosing the perfect wood-fired barbecue for your Easter weekend, there are a few things to consider.

  • Size: Consider how many people you will be cooking for and choose a barbecue that can easily accommodate that number.
  • Materials: Look for a barbecue made from high-quality materials like cast iron or stainless steel. These materials are durable and designed to last for many years.
  • Wood type: Different types of wood produce different flavours, so consider what kind of food you cook and choose a wood that complements it.

Tips and tricks for using a wood-fired barbecue 

man cooking seafood on a barbecue grill in the backyard on a sunny day.

Once you’ve chosen the ideal wood-fired barbecue, here are some tips and tricks for using it to its full potential:

  • Start with suitable wood: As previously mentioned, different types of wood produce different flavours. Along with choosing the right wood, you must ensure you get the moisture level right. Just like burning wood for heat, you should only use well-seasoned or kiln-dried timber with less than 20% moisture content for the best results.
  • Control the temperature: Wood-fired barbecues can take longer to heat up than charcoal or gas grills, so be prepared for this and give yourself plenty of time. Once the temperature is correct, use the vents and dampers to control it throughout the cooking process.
  • Use the right tools: Invest in a good set of barbecue tools, including tongs, a spatula, and a meat thermometer. These will help you cook your food perfectly and prevent mishaps.
  • Keep it clean: After each use, clean your wood-fired barbecue thoroughly to avoid any build-up of ash or debris. This will keep it in good condition and ensure it lasts many years.
  • Experiment: Don’t be afraid to try new things with your wood-fired barbecue. You can cook everything from pizza to dessert on it, so get creative and have fun.
  • Try smoking your food: Smoking your food can take your wood-fired barbecue to the next level. Smoking involves cooking your food at a low temperature for a more extended time, allowing the smoke from the wood to infuse the food with flavour.

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The hotplate top of the Garden Stove is a practical feature and offers endless culinary possibilities. Lift the hotplate top, and you’ll discover a grill perfect for cooking up your favourite barbecue snacks or keep it down to heat pans or kettles.

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Up your outdoor cooking game with a wood-fired barbecue from Direct Stoves

We offer a wide range of outdoor ovens and barbecues with something for everybody, whether you're enjoying a quiet weekend with family or a big gathering this Easter.

What's more, we offer free delivery to the UK mainland, a range of finance options, and no-hassle returns.

Got a question? Our friendly team are always happy to help. Contact them today at [email protected] or call 0161 376 4191.

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