The vertical barbecue Verticook® is designed for always cooking food with your welfare in mind.
By grilling horizontally, traditional barbecues, although popular, have a tendency to overlook the health aspects. Their heat source is located directly under the food. As a result, when the temperature rises during cooking, the fats contained in the food liquefy and drip onto the heat source. It is difficult to keep this fat from burning spontaneously, especially when the heat source is glowing embers. The result is often the appearance of unwelcome flames and/or fumes! Does this remind you of something? Never happened to you?
It is a well known fact that the burning of fats generates carcinogen substances called PAH (1). They end up in your barbecued food! The actual amount of PAH can be measured (2, 3).
On the other hand, vertical cooking is much safer. The fats never drop onto the glowing embers, with no risk of generating carcinogenic substances. It is evident from scientific studies (2, 3) that the amount of PAH (1) measured in food cooked with a vertical barbecue is 10 to 30 times lower than with a horizontal one.
This is all described in Henri Joyeux’ paper entitled « Barbecue : Pourquoi il va falloir changer vos habitudes !». It is very instructive. Other references are mentioned below (4 – 6).