It’s a Question of Faith: Charcoal vs. BBQ briquettes
06/08/15It’s a Question of Faith: Charcoal vs. BBQ briquettes Cologne, 6 August, 2015: Whether the decision goes to charcoal or barbecue briquettes depends on many factors, and often simply on personal preferences and beliefs. Charcoal and barbecue briquettes differ in particular in material properties, ignition behaviour, burning time and heat. Premium BBQ Briquettes by Die Kohle-Manufaktur set new standards.
Read the article
While charcoal is made of carbonized wood, briquettes are made of charcoal dust and small pieces of charcoal or alternatively from activated carbon. These are pressed under high pressure with organic starch as a binder. The fuel in Premium BBQ Briquettes by Die Kohle-Manufaktur is pure carbon of the highest quality, which is also used as activated carbon. Unlike charcoal, this activated carbon does not contain carbon or hydrocarbon compounds, which are harmful both to health and in their impact on the environment in combustion. Our Premium BBQ Briquettes consist of more than 80 percent carbon, which is mixed with food starch as a binder. Conventional briquettes have a much longer burning time of about three hours due to their higher density, compared with charcoal at just one hour. Die Kohle-Manufaktur’s Premium BBQ Briquettes perform even better due to their purity and unique composition, giving an impressive burning time of up to 4.5 hours. Briquettes are much better suited for dishes that require long cooking times or for a long and leisurely barbecue – doing away with the troublesome business of having to top up the coal.
Charcoal needs about 25 minutes to reach optimum heat. BBQ briquettes, though, need about 50 minutes before the barbecuing fun can begin. However, this can be reduced to about 30 minutes with a conventional charcoal chimney. Charcoal pieces vary in size, resulting in an uneven distribution of heat on the grill. Briquettes glow evenly, slowly and controlled. However, there are big differences between different briquettes. Cheap barbecue briquettes often disintegrate and ash can land on the food. In addition, tropical wood is often used to make them. BBQ briquettes from Die Kohle-Manufaktur are produced exclusively in Germany from home-made actived carbon and are therefore a genuine “Made in Germany” product. A common misconception is that the barbecue briquettes contain sulphur due to their light beige ash. “We can rebut this rumour 100 percent”, explains Product Developer Frank Stormanns. “Quite the contrary: The resulting limestone colour results from mineral ingredients of natural origin.”
Conclusion: Quality has its price
If you want to quickly grill some sausages or a steak, a few barbecue briquettes or normal charcoal will do. For a long leisurely barbecue among friends however, our barbecue briquettes are much better with their uniform distribution of heat and long-lasting burning time.
You shouldn’t really bother with cheap briquettes either but instead rely on home-produced briquettes – such as those by Die Kohle-Manufaktur. Our Premium BBQ Briquettes are especially suitable for high-quality food and for dishes that require a long cooking time. Combined with Premium Fuel Paste by Die Kohle-Manufaktur they provide smokeless lighting and pure barbecuing enjoyment.