The benefits of gas and traditional wood braai

There’s nothing that screams South African like a good old-fashioned braai with some juicy steaks and Kameeldoring sausage sizzling on the grill.

Wood, fire starters and a lighter is all that is needed to get a fire going. Some prefer the traditional and longer way of braaing, while others maybe want the food done quicker and can do everything at the flick of a switch and turn of a knob by means of a gas braai setup.

Alva, JetMaster and Weber are some of the popular names in the world of gas braai’s and even though it might cost a pretty penny, it is considered a long-term investment.

Gumtree outlines the benefits of traditional wood braai vs gas:


  • Thanks to the heat adjusting knobs, the food is cooked to readiness quicker.
  • Most setups have a built-in temperature indicator that allows for overall heat retention when the is lid closed.
  • The only thing that needs to be cleaned up once everything is done is the grid where the food was on and mess tray at the bottom – as opposed to clearing the leftover ash from a normal braai.


  • One can braai and make a potjiekos at the same time with an even spread of hot coals.
  • The dying coals provides some extra heat for those that want to warm themselves up or even roast some marshmallows.
  • A braai is usually reserved for special occasions, and things like fire starters and wood are relatively inexpensive. Also, wood can be stored over time – instead of having to refill a gas tank.

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