At present, the common barbecue charcoal fuels on the market can be divided into four categories: natural woods, log charcoal, machine-made charcoal, and natural pellet charcoal. These four fuels are slightly different in terms of composition, production method, burning heat and burning time.
Natural wood are the most primitive and long-lasting barbecue fuel. They are often various fruit trees, such as apple trees, pear trees, jujube trees, litchi trees, etc. After cutting the trees directly, they are sawed into sections and then cut into suitable sizes. Just let it dry, and it can be used directly when grilling. It is mostly seen in the secret roasting workshops handed down from the folk, such as roast duck, roast suckling pig, roast whole lamb and other traditional food workshops.
The feature of natural wood:Original ecology, original flavor, suitable for barbecue food with special flavor; but raw materials are scarce, the use environment is relatively limited, inflexible, and open flames are smokey, easy to jump sparks, burning fire is difficult to control during barbecue, not suitable for ordinary household use.
Log charcoal is a barbecue fuel that is processed after cutting down logs, including various hardwoods, fruit trees, and miscellaneous woods. This kind of fuel is currently the closest to the original ecology and practical barbecue charcoal, the shape mostly retains the branch shape of the log itself, it is easy to ignite, and emits a smell of firewood in childhood memories when grilling.
Features of Log charcoal:Second only to natural tree wood, original ecology, original flavor, smokeless, easy to ignite, but the burning time is slightly shorter than machine-made charcoal
Nowadays, machine-made charcoal is basically used for BBQ grilling. The common ones are long shape and ball shape. Compared with the long shape, the ball shape is easier to ignite, but burning for shorter time. The long shaper charcoal will be denser during the pressing process, that is why it is not easy to ignite. There are a wide range of raw materials for machine-made charcoal, such as rice husks, cotton husks, corn cobs, corn stalks, sorghum stalks, bean stalks and other wood scraps; when used for barbecue, machine-made charcoal such as bamboo chips, rice husks, and coconut husks is the best option. The spherical machine charcoal can be burnt the longest .
Features of Machine-made charcoal : high density, high calorific value, does not explode sparks, is relatively difficult to ignite (it is recommended to use igniting wax to ignite), burning for long time, is very convenient for commercial and home used.
4.Natural pellet charcoal:
Natural pellet charcoal is a new type of barbecue fuel. It is now populared in European and American countries. It is a barbecue fuel that mixes various natural wood chips in a certain proportion according to the needs and then presses them into small particles; different mixing methods, It can produce different scents when burned; it is mostly used for smoking and grilling in a smoker kamado grill, cooking time controllable, and the grilled foods are particularly delicious.
Features of natural pellet charcoal: unique fragrance, heavy smoke, suitable for smoking and grilling, it needs to be used with professional kamado smokers.