There's not a more fiercely debated topic than lump charcoal vs. briquettes. Being the building block for everything you grill, it's no wonder that grill masters around the world will defend their choice with extreme passion. So, you might ask, "Which is better for my barbecue?" Well, there really is no simple answer, but there are some basics you should know that will make your choice easier.
Lump charcoal is made by burning wood in the absence of oxygen. Since lump is charcoal in its most natural form, it's no wonder purists will almost always prefer it. Beyond that, lump charcoal has a lot of attractive qualities; it lights faster, burns hotter, and leaves very little ash compared to briquettes. Lump charcoal is also more responsive to oxygen, making it easier to control the fire's temperature if your grill has adjustable air vents.
Pros: Lights quickly, burns hotter, little ash production, easier temperature adjustment, all natural
Cons: Burns faster and is more expensive
Briquettes are kind of like the fast food of charcoal; they're cheap, reliable, can be found on almost every corner, but for most companies you really don't want to know what's in them. Unlike other company’s briquettes, Original Natural Charcoal Briquettes are manufactured with 100% hardwood without any fillers or chemical additives. As a result, our briquettes don’t give off chemical smells like other brands do. What’s even better is that they provide the same benefits as other briquettes. They provide a more stable burn, maintaining a steady temperature for a longer period of time with less hand holding then lump charcoal.
Pros: Burns longer, easier to maintain consistent temperature, cheaper
Cons: Longer to light, more ash production
Whichever you choose, there isn’t a wrong answer. If you want quality food, then you must have quality fuel so choose Original Natural Charcoal for your next barbecue!