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Everything you ever wanted to know about charcoal BBQing but were afraid to ask… Part #2

Here is our second installment on your burning questions about BBQ charcoal. What Is The Best Method To Light Charcoal? We assume without chemicals, right? And by "best" it really depends on your definition. Cheapest method, how fast to ignite, the best value, etc. Here are some time-proven ways to light BBQ charcoal. Paper (newspaper,…
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Is BBQ Charcoal Activated ?

Surprisingly, this is an often-asked strange question. Those asking are really wondering if BBQ charcoal can be used for water purification or medicine. Charcoal manufacturers activate it by use of steam or hot air to erode its internal surface, which increases the outside surface area and its adsorption rate—the capacity to bind materials to a…
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Can BBQ Charcoal Go Bad?

Lump charcoal can last just about forever as long as you keep it dry. Briquette is another story. It is made of binder such as starch and absorbs moisture much easier than lump charcoal. Self-igniting charcoal has a year or two shelf life before the igniting chemicals evaporate. What should you do if your charcoal…
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Is Charcoal BBQing Allowed in Parks or Public Spaces?

This is a highly recurring question on the Internet. For obvious reasons, you should check the answer with your local by-laws. Besides checking with your local authorities, common sense and safety should be foremost when handling combustible material in public. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has provided a valuable checklist to this effect: Grilling_safety_Tips.pdf…
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How Is BBQ Charcoal Made?

Most people use either lump or charcoal briquettes, so we’ll focus on the process for each as it is very different. Lump Charcoal: Is typically made from leftover from sawmills, furniture manufacturers and others. It is then put into a large container, heated up to combustion temperatures, but since oxygen is restricted, it does not…
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Everything you ever wanted to know about charcoal BBQing but were afraid to ask… Part #1

It seems a burning question on the interweb is all about charcoal BBQing, not about grills, accessories, recipes, etc. but about the charcoal itself. We are glad to edumacate you to make you learn stuff. But first, a tiny bit of history (not super boring): When gas grills started to gain popularity in the ’70s,…
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