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- BBQ Tips, BBQs, Briquettes, Charcoal, Grills, Harding The Fireplace
With grilling season in full swing, it’s time to revisit the discussion about charcoal vs. briquettes and which is better.
|Lump Charcoal is made by slowly burning wood—without oxygen—until all impurities are removed. After moisture, sap and natural chemicals have burned off, you’re left with a pure product that is basically nothing more than carbon.
Charcoal Briquettes use the same process as lump charcoal, but instead of starting with just wood, briquettes are made from combining leftover wood pieces, sawdust and additives to bind the substances.
Overview of Lump Charcoal
|✅An all natural product that doesn’t contain any additives.||❌A single bag can contain small, medium and large pieces.|
|✅Lights quickly and burns hotter than briquettes||❌Burns faster than briquettes|
|✅Produces little ash||❌More expensive than briquettes|
Overview of Charcoal Briquettes
|✅Uniform in size||❌Takes longer to light|
|✅Maintains consistent burning temperature and burns longer than lump charcoal||❌Can produce a chemical smell or impart flavour on food because of additives|
|✅Less expensive than lump charcoal||❌Produces more ash than lump charcoal|
There are people that only use charcoal and others swear by briquettes. The right choice for you will depend on a number of factors including price, burn intensity and purity.
It should be noted that lump charcoal should only be used in kamado grills, not briquettes, and you should avoid using any lighter fluid.
If you have questions about charcoal vs. briquettes and want some advice on which you should use for your bbq—don’t hesitate to stop into Harding The Fireplace and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff.
Harding The Fireplace has over 4,500 square feet of retail showroom space devoted to fireplaces and BBQs. Our professional and dedicated sales staff will spend time learning what products will best fit your lifestyle and will answer any questions you may have.