London-based Coconut Enterprises has launched the Akwill Green Energy Barbeque, which uses coconut husk pellets as fuel.
The barbeque is said to be easy to use and regulate, with fully automated digital controls. It is also designed to be easy to keep clean and the pellets are loaded into a hopper and then fed automatically through the barbeque for as long as required.
The appliance enables food to be smoked and barbecued during the same cooking process, while burning the activated dust from coconut husks which are compressed into pellets to make green energy smoking and barbeque charcoal.
This is said to be a natural, sustainable fuel, which unlike traditional charcoal can be made without the need for cutting down and burning trees, and also avoids the need to use lighter fuel.
The Akwill is designed to burn this fuel at a low temperature to produce smoke and at a higher temperature to cook and finish. “This method of cooking by smoking and then finishing with a higher heat is popular in the United States but is not generally known in this country,” explained Atkin Williams, director of Coconut Enterprises.
“The Akwill allows chefs to slowly smoke food at a low heat, and then by turning up the heat, finish it with the crisp outer layer associated with traditional barbeques. This combined with the environmental benefits of our coconut fuel makes the Akwill BBQ Smoker perfect for pubs and restaurants.”
Kitchens that have suitable ventilations systems such as those required for charcoal fire grills may be able to use the Akwill in the kitchen, otherwise the system can be placed outside.
Available direct from Coconut Enterprises, the introductory price for the Akwill Green Energy Barbeque is £650 including delivery. The pellets are also available online, and cost £15 bag including delivery, with a minimum of a three bag order. Each bag should burn for 4 to 5 hours.