Charcoal provides the perfect fuel for grilling and searing meats. It also helps you cook juicy and mouthwatering foods. The only thing you need to be careful about is choosing the right kind of charcoal. There are several types of charcoal and here is a brief look at some common types.


E.G. Kingsford, manufactured the first mass production charcoal in the United States from leftover waste wood from his cousin Henry Ford’s automobile factory.  Originally called Ford Charcoal, the charcoal was renamed Kingsford Charcoal in E.G.honor[1].  The Kingsford Company was formed when E.G. Kingsford brokered the site selection for Ford’s new charcoal manufacturing plan

Kingston Charcoal was originally called Ford Charcoal

Charcoal briquettes

This type of charcoal is made of bulbous pieces that have a number of components including hardwood char and coal as well as nitrates and lime and starch. To get the best out of this kind of charcoal it is important that you use charcoal that contains wood char which is obtained mainly from a hardwood. second, it is important to ensure that the charcoal contains high BTU anthracite coal as then you can enjoy a burn that does not produce any smoke and odor and which also provides a consistency in the burn.

The lime in the charcoal briquettes facilitates an even burn and at the same time it produces a clean as well as white colored ash. The starch in the charcoal binds in the process of making charcoal briquettes while the sodium nitrate is required to ensure proper lighting of the briquette.

Benefits of charcoal briquettes

There are several benefits to using charcoal briquettes including the fact it can be used to heat and cook as well as add flavor to the food. It also burns for much longer and is more even as compared to natural charcoal. Also, this kind of charcoal does not require much space to store and will get up to cooking temperature in between twenty and twenty-five minutes which is however twice the time taken by natural charcoal. Also, charcoal briquettes do not burn as hotly as natural charcoal.

Natural Charcoal and its benefits

Using natural charcoal is beneficial in a number of ways as it offers greater heat with temperatures reaching anything from eight hundred to one thousand degrees. Also, a pound of natural charcoal produces twice the heat of a charcoal briquette. Natural charcoal is also hundred percent wood and is often made from renewable hardwood. It is easy to light and offers a clean burn as well as does not produce much ash. Best of all, the fire from such charcoal reaches cooking temperature in a matter of between just seven to ten minutes but it burns for a shorter time as compared to charcoal briquettes.

Best charcoals

When identifying the different types of charcoal, you can include the aforementioned briquette, natural charcoal as well as flavored briquettes and more. Which charcoal works best for you depends on your grilling style as well as personal preferences. Overall, Royal Oak Ridge Briquettes are considered the best charcoal while if you opt for natural charcoal, then it makes sense to choose Weber Natural Hardwood briquettes. If you want to use lump charcoal, then go with the Fogo All Natural Premium Hardwood Lump Charcoal.

If you are going to use a ceramic grill, then the best charcoal for you is the Kamado Joe Natural Lump Charcoal and for the most affordable charcoal option, be sure to go with Kingsford Original Charcoal Briquettes.