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.