Light up the flavor of your backyard barbecue or gourmet grill with the bold, open-fire zest that only 100% ALL NATURAL HARDWOOD LUMP CHARCOAL delivers. Kiln-fired and packaged in its natural lump shape — with no additives or chemicals — our hardwood charcoal is easy to light, starting in only half the time of briquettes. It burns hot to seal in moisture and sear in flavors. Natural lump hardwood charcoal reaches optimal cooking temperature in approximately 15 minutes — so you will be cooking in no time. Whether slow cooking or quick grilling, light up the flavor of beef, chicken, fish or pork with our 100% ALL NATURAL HARDWOOD LUMP CHARCOAL, you’ll be glad you did.
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100% Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal
Natural Lump Charcoal should be lit about 15-20 minutes prior to grilling. DON’T use lighter fluid or newspaper to start your charcoal. Once again, it’s all about the flavor. Keep it natural, invest in a chimney starter or an electric starter. A chimney starter is a large, vented steel cylinder that is filled with charcoal and makes cooking with charcoal much simpler. Place a couple of lit fatwood sticks in the bottom area of the chimney starter, below the charcoal. After about 20 minutes the charcoal is ready to be dumped into the grill.
Chimney starters are great for long grilling sessions as you can have more charcoal hot and ready in advance, to add to a diminishing fire. Just refill the chimney with charcoal and light with Fatwood about 20 minutes before adding to the fire. If you add unlit charcoal to a burning fire, you are in for a lot of smoke and and a lower temperature. Once the charcoal begins to ash over, brush the grate clean with a wire brush and oil the grate. Use canned spray oil — be careful of flare-ups — a clean, wadded-up cloth dipped in oil, or, if you really want to show off, grab a chunk of bacon or beef fat in tongs and liberally wipe the grate.
A proven technique to create a more versatile grilling area is to mound most of the charcoal to one side, spread a little less in the middle, and leave one area with no charcoal. You can use a garden hoe or small shovel for this. By dividing the charcoal you create three distinct heat “zones” to cook your food. This gives you an area on the grill where you can move the food in case of flare-ups or if the food starts to cook too quickly.
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Frequently Asked Questions about our Natural Lump Charcoal
What exactly does all natural mean?
Organic. Natural. No Additives. No Chemicals. No accelerants. It’s just plain wood! Our lump charcoal is always 100% natural. We merely bring it from mother nature to you.
How do I light lump charcoal? Is it harder than briquettes?
We recommend using a charcoal chimney and a few sticks of fatwood. It is the best and easiest way to light charcoal. It requires no lighter fluid, less firestarter and ensures a a 100% natural grilling experience. See lighting instructions on the back of the bag, for more information.
How long does lump charcoal last or burn?
Lump charcoal is sensitive to airflow and venting due to its shape. Typically it is ready within about 15 minutes and will stay hot up to an hour. Since it lump charcoal does burn quicker than briquettes, additional charcoal can be added at regular intervals.
What is the difference between lump and briquette charcoal?
Because they are man-made, charcoal briquettes are consistent in size and shape. Therefore, they burn more evenly than lump charcoal and at a slower rate. If you’re cooking for a longer period of time, briquettes are a great option. Briquettes are a great all-around choice for grilling in general. Lump charcoal burns hotter and faster than briquettes which is exactly what you want sometimes. It’s perfect for getting higher temperatures to sear things like steak or in the winter when reaching the temperature you need is more difficult.
How should I store charcoal?
Store it in a cool, dry place.
How do I extinguish a charcoal fire?
Close the lid of your smoker or grill as well as all the vents. By cutting off the oxygen supply, the fire will extinguish completely within 48 hours. Do not dispose of the ash until you are 100% certain it is completely cooled. Any leftover charcoal can be reused. If you need to extinguish the fire quickly, sand is a good choice. Water is generally not recommended, because large amounts can crack or damage your grill, creates lots of steam and can also spread ash dust everywhere. Never leave a fire unattended.
Is lump charcoal better than briquettes?
That depends on what you mean exactly. Most briquettes are made from a variety of things including sawdust, coal dust, wax, chaff, borax and more. So in that sense lump charcoal is better in terms of being 100% organic. For cooking, lump charcoal heats up much faster and burns hotter than briquettes. So it may be the best choice depending on what you’re grilling.
How do you know when charcoal is ready to use?
When all of your charcoal is mostly covered in a layer of gray ash, it’s time to get cooking!
Do you need lighter fluid with lump charcoal?
No! You also do not need a charcoal chimney. We recommend pouring the desired amount of charcoal into your grill, then placing several sticks of fatwood between the lumps. Light and wait, occasionally moving around the lumps onto the flame if required.
What Customers Say
Your products are great. Really like the charcoal lumps. I knoticed they burn hotter and longer than my regular brand. And I don’t buy the cheap stuff. I also noticed the ash is almost a bright white. Probably the species of wood.
Charcoal lights great and really happy it’s only wood with no chemicals. I try to cook organic for my kids and so when we grill, it’s nice to be able to maintain the same standard
I cook on charcoal at least once a week and love this stuff. Burn time is great and it gets darn hot! Great for searing and shorter bbq parties.
Use this in our big green egg all the time. Good all round charcoal. Takes longer to light than briquette which is normal but burns clean and keeps good temps.