SMALL CHARCOAL SCHOOL
Charcoal comes in many forms and materials. There are charcoal, briquettes, lump charcoal, heat beads, hard wood etc. The time to ignite and get them white and ready to use differs depending on material and production quality.
If we start with charcoal it is mostly made from wood or construction debris. Much of the charcoal on the market is of bad quality, maybe made from fast growing trees and often chilled with water to speed production. Bad quality charcoal does spark when ignited which isn’t necessarily dangerous but perhaps not so fun. Charcoal that is produced from hard wood will take longer to ignite and get ready to use.
Good quality charcoal lights quickly without sparks, gets ready to use in a couple of minutes with the Looftlighter and burns during a longer period.
Briquettes is pulverised charcoal that’s compressed with corn starch to bind the charcoal. Briquettes produce smoke thanks to the starch but ordinary charcoal is smokeless. Some producers compress their briquettes very hard which makes them burn up to four hours, but on the other hand also takes longer time to light and get ready for cooking. Only use such briquettes when you need to barbecue for many hours.