The Bottom Line
- Good Construction
- Easy lighting without lighter fluid
- Quick, safe, and easy clean up
- Limited distribution outside of Europe
- More expensive than any charcoal grills
- Pure direct heat design
- 22" by 13" 4 position cooking grate
- Built in newspaper charcoal chimney for easy lighting
- Enameled steel construction
- Pedestal mount design
- Open grilling (no lid)
Guide Review - Barbecook Arena Ceram
While you probably haven't heard of Barbecook before, they are one of the largest charcoal grill makers in Europe. The advantage they had in designing this grill (and many similar models) is that they did it without trying to reproduce American designed grills. This unit has several innovative features that make it an interesting grill.
To appreciate this grill you really need to see one in action. You start by filling the base of the unit with water. This shifts the weight down but also serves another purpose you'll see in a minute. Next, fill the neck of the unit, just under the coal grate with newspaper. Pour in your charcoal and light the newspaper from one of the vents in the side of the base. This lights the charcoal just like a charcoal chimney would. In about ten minutes you are ready to grill.
The large cooking area gives you plenty of space, but this grill is designed as a direct only unit. No lid or vents means you can't no roast or cook indirectly. You adjust the cooking heat by moving the 4 position cooking grate. When you are done grilling, pull out the coal grate and the coals drop down the base into the water, extinguishing the fire instantly. No worry and no more fire. Dump out the removable base and your ready to start again.
The biggest limitation of this grill is it's price. If you can find it for sale you are looking at spending at least $250USD. This wouldn't be a bad price, but that the construction on this grill is a little limited. While it is a good grill you can certainly find a better and more versatile charcoal grill.
This grill and other barbecook products can be found in North America by going to Barbecook USA.