Pure hardwood charcoal, better known as ’lump charcoal’, is made entirely of hardwood logs that have been heated at high temperatures, with very little exposure to oxygen.
Moisture, sap and resins in the wood are volatilised and vaporised, leaving behind only combustible carbon.
The logs eventually break down into black lumps of carbonised hardwood that light faster than wood logs and maintain a relatively even range of temperatures.
As lumpwood charcoal burns, it releases clean wisps of aromatic smoke reflecting the type of wood that was used to make the charcoal.
However, be aware that not all lumpwood charcoal is the same.
Look for a type of wood that you like (for example, mesquite, oak or a combination) and choose bags that are filled with big lumps, about the size of your fist, and that clearly show real wood grain.
Lights quickly and produces aromatic smoke that reflects the type of wood that was used to make it.
Weber Briquettes - Hardwood Charcoal Briquettes
Hardwood charcoal briquettes are compressed black pillows made from crushed pieces of hardwood charcoal that are held together by a natural starch.
The hardwood charcoal briquettes are so densely packed that they burn longer and more evenly than lumpwood charcoal.
If you’re missing the aromatic smoke that lumpwood charcoal produces, then add wood chunks or wood chips to the perimeter of the lit hardwood charcoal briquettes.
The large-sized Weber Briquettes ensure consistent heat and longer cooking times, and they are cost effective due to a lower fuel consumption.
Achieves a longer, more consistent burn than lumpwood charcoal, with less woodsy smoke.
Standard Charcoal Briquettes
Standard charcoal briquettes are the most commonly available briquettes on the market.
They are compressed bundles of ground charcoal combined with materials such as clay, limestone and cornstarch binders.
While they don’t produce quite as much heat as lumpwood charcoal or hardwood charcoal, these briquettes do very well at holding a steady temperature.
In fact, they often burn longer than hardwood briquettes.
Add some wood chips or wood chunks to the smouldering briquettes and you’re ready to smoke a first-class low and slow meal.
Burns long and holds a steady temperature.