The hardwood lump charcoal and charcoal briquettes are two different types of charcoal products commonly seen in our daily lives. I'm at a point where the advantages of briquettes seriously seem to be outweighing the disadvantages. In my experience the cheapest briquette is absolute trash compared to the cheapest lump. I do use briqs sometimes but I prefer lump since I don't have to worry about whatever crap was used as a binder. A rather disappointing finish to an overall excellent product. My feelings exactly. 8 10 Joined Jan 2, 2014 . Nice sized lump that burned slow with minimal ash. You’ve got two options. If you don't know what a space grill is - http://www.barbecuesgalore.ca/cooking.bpsx?CookingID=64. It doesnt seem to matter which brand of lump I buy, half will be pebbles and dust. Given the price, I may purchase more, but that is a lot of waste to stomach. share. In this post, we investigate the difference between BBQ Briquettes and traditional lump charcoal. I use it mainly for grilling. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. I use both, just depends on the situation. Lump Charcoal Vs Briquettes: Supposed Differences During Use. Lump takes a little more skill to get your zones set up right but the higher temps produce better sears. I use both it all depends on your goal for the cook. I love it. I'm guessing the high temp Fogo will be better. Both lump and briquettes use wood from trees (of course, where else? I personally use both. Consequently, it burns hotter and faster than briquettes. Briquettes are industrially manufactured and have a uniform size and shape. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Ask fellow pitmasters! Although they are all charcoal, lump charcoal, and charcoal briquettes have very different production methods, shapes, compositions, burning values, burning time, … I've always been a fan of lump charcoal, it's just wood. Briquette: last longer, slow cooking, medium heat // Lump: sears, higher temp. I have a Weber so ash is not a concern on low and slow. Lump charcoal provides a superior grilling experience for some because it is one of the purist fuels you can use today. Thi… I've been grilling for years but never bothered experimenting until now. Click "Show More" below to open the description box for more info! Cooking / By Sam. On the other hand, it's not great for longer cooks where consistent low'n'slow temperatures are required. Discuss any and everything BBQ. You won’t find any light fluids or chemicals in this item, which is becoming more regular with instant-light products. Lump charcoal vs Briquettes. Lump Charcoal . But they'll both cook your food just fine. Lump charcoal is very effective when you need high heat like for searing steaks or grilling chicken wings. While knowing more about each type of charcoal is a good place to start, learning how they perform is another thing entirely. I think it comes down to personal preference. I'd surmise that there was 30 pounds of usable lump charcoal in this particular bag. I also occasionally get plywood (which is bad, because plywood is often treated with chemicals). Char-Griller Ambassador James Llorens did a side by side experiment and here is what he noticed. Last smoke I did, I used 2 full bags of lump charcoal and one half bag of briquettes. They got 3 times hotter than the lump and I had to use less than half as much if I was grilling. Is briquette or lump charcoal better? Not the cheapest for sure, but I tend to load up the smoker and freeze some for later. If I am smoking in the Bullet or just need heat in an offset I am using briqs. For instance, smoking a … Lump is a "pure" charcoal, just carbonized wood. But, if I was forced to pick just one, I would go with briquettes because of the convenience and consistency. My source: Amazingribs.com Zen of Charcoal. You'll never beat that deal!! This also means more opening and closing of my fire box to add more charcoal, which means losing more heat, which means that barbecue costs a lot more in charcoal. However, for my last cook I went back to lump to do a steak and it reminded me of why I got into charcoal cooking in the first place, the flavor was noticeably better and it got much hotter than the briquettes. Spit Roasting: Choosing Between Lump Charcoal vs. BBQ Briquettes July 31, 2020. It burns clean and hot, plus the big pieces are really good for low and slow. You know I am in the same boat you are. Briquettes have binders that allow them to keep their shape. 1 big piece, 3-4 medium pieces, and 80-90% of the bag is marble-size or smaller. Protip: Go down to your big box hardware store and check out the grill accessories. One of them is for high temp cooks and the other for low and slow. Just look at the shape. But not everything you hear is necessarily true. 81% Upvoted. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://www.barbecuesgalore.ca/cooking.bpsx?CookingID=64. 6 comments. Briquettes are produced by crushing charcoal and mixing in additives, such as nitrates (to make them burn better), and clays and starches (as binders to allow pressing into the traditional shape). I much prefer lump however I buy briquettes. I prefer lump, but they really are two different beasts. Certainly some uses where briquettes are better. Perfection. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Lump charcoal and briquettes burn in very different ways, which indicates how they should be used. I got ya beat on that Kingsford sale. Have questions? To make lump charcoal, the manufacturers slowly eliminate all the sap and moisture from whole chunks of wood in the process described above. You need really, really good briquettes otherwise the binder material is pure crap. The boards on the table are 5.5 inches wide for scale- Wicked Good Pic. Lump is fine for grilling but for low and slow i use the briquettes with some wood. And the heat distribution was 100% more manageable. It was amazing. Here is our take on the situation! I can weigh them and tell you the how long they will last and what temperature they will produce. I prefer lump, It has a better flavor then briquettes and makes less ash also it burns a little hotter also which is nice for searing, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. If I am just grilling, I really like lump. Lump wins for me. Lump charcoal has a lot of redeeming qualities; it lights faster, burns hotter, and leaves very little ash compared to the somewhat more popular charcoal briquettes. Is there a difference between the two as far as flavor? I use a Weber kettle. Burns hot, clean and generally each bag as fairly large pieces. After lots of reading, I found the best way to mix the two types of charcoal is to not axially mix them. If you want that truly authentic delicious smoky barbeque flavour, then cooking on charcoal is the only option. Apr 27, 2014 #2 bluewhisper Master of the Pit. Lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes. However, for my last cook I went back to lump to do a steak and it reminded me of why I got into charcoal cooking in the first place, the flavor was noticeably better and it got much hotter than the briquettes. Hi Everyone, Today we’re going to test the “conventional wisdom” of if charcoal briquettes really do burn longer than lump charcoal. Charcoal Briquettes vs Lump Charcoal. I usually do need to add fuel again after 5-6 hours which is fine. If you want a more intense, smoky flavor, then it is good to go for lump charcoal. I'm not against challenging my own thoughts when I read a lot of positive optinions that vary from my own. The briquettes are so awful that they produce a ridiculous amount of ash and can't hold temp for a long cook. Same reason chicken nuggets are not natural, very unnatural shapes. Lumpwood Charcoal. In summation, let’s answer a question with a question. I've long been a proponent of lump hardwood charcoal over briquettes. The basic difference between lump charcoal vs briquettes is that lump charcoal burns up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. I use lump for hot n fast smokes, like poultry. Lump wins for me. I would imagine an electric starter would be favourable too. Lump charcoal really is best for use in hot and fast grilling where you are looking for a higher temperatures and precise burn times and … Let’s take a look, shall we? Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes – Best Charcoal. So, which is the better of the two? Lump Charcoal vs. Briquettes: Which Is Better? The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Lump is wood that has been transformed into charcoal. My new rule of thumb will be for any cook that is under 2 hours (steak, chicken, fish, etc) lump is the way to go. It doesn't burn evenly, the fact that all those pieces are so small means that most of them burn out really fast, and only a few keep burning for an extended period of time. "It burns cleaner" than charcoal briquettes… I personally prefer Lump even with the inconsistencies with lighting and maintaining heat. Briquettes vs. Others use lump for everything, with Royal Oak being readily available to most. Those of you who have tried both please weigh in on your choice. I'm near AGC and they sell the two different FOGO types. Lump does get really hot though, but I have never been able to make it have even heat. The lump wood vs briquette charcoal debate. I've tried Lump (usually Royal Oak) and briquettes. I prefer Briquettes because it allows me finer control over heat and a more uniform burn. When I am going for a low and slow I use briquettes shorter cooks or high temp I go with lump. But what sort of charcoal should you use? The best way to use your lump charcoal with charcoal briquettes is to layer them. It can burn as hot as 1400°F which is far hotter than briquettes can get. This puts up a ton of black smoke when I'm lighting it (since the charcoal fills up my chimney starter with no air holes), which is a big problem. Whereas briquettes consist of ground lump charcoal plus other additives such as borax and limestone. The main difference between lump charcoal and briquettes, especially when you are grilling is that lump charcoal is not uniform in size, and hence may burn differently; however, it burns hotter. I always use lump and tried a couple of brands before I settled on the Wicked Good Weekend Warrior. Anything low and slow will be a briquette cook. Lump tastes better in my opinion. Each has there place just buy quality especially on briquettes. What your going to want to do is light a chimney of charcoal briquettes and make a bed of lit briquettes on the charcoal grates and then add your lump charcoal on top of that. 3,587 451 Joined Apr 1, 2014. Let start with the best way to mix your lump charcoal with charcoal briquettes. I've tried buying a few different brands, and without fail, every bag will have a 5-10 big chunks and the rest will be pebble-sized. Royal oak is fine, Cowboy is absolute junk. Lots of times they have broken open charcoal bags that broke in transport and will just stick what is sellable a garbage bag and mark it down. Not according to AmazingRibs.com science advisor Dr. Greg Blonder. save hide report. But in my Weber kettle I prevent briquettes and the slow and sear combo. Which is better, lump charcoal or briquettes? He says: Hotter depends on how the coals are … If it's burgers, dogs, chicken breasts, stuff that's evenly sized I prefer Kingsford blue briquettes. Does Lump Really Burn Hotter? Lump Charcoal Vs Briquettes – Misconceptions and Truths. email; facebook; twitter; google+ ; linkedin; pinterest; xing; reddit; vk.com; pocket; print; This episode explains the difference between the two types of charcoal, and gives you tips for working with both. I answer viewer questions in this Q&A Thursday Chat Vlog. I made the switch to lump charcoal a couple years ago and couldn't be happier with the results. In the end, they’re left with large lumps of coal that are mostly carbon, which means that they leave behind very little ash after they’ve burned out. Briquettes are easier to work with and have better consistency. Lump Charcoal vs Briquettes: An Overview Lump Charcoal. Am I misguided to seriously consider switching from lump to briquette? In my smoker, I use these briquettes. Spit-roasted pork and other similar products typically have juicy, flavourful meat. OTBS Member. So give me the low down. Haha), are fired and burned in a low oxygen until they are close to pure carbon, can be chemical-free, and can be self-lighting. While the preparation process of the pork, chicken, or lamb for the spit roasting process can be time-consuming, the result of this process guarantees a meal that is enjoyable to eat and consume. For the past two years since I have been serious about BBQ I have been using Lump, usually Cowboy brand but I recently just went through a bag of Stubbs briquettes which I have not had in a long time. Lump charcoal burns hotter and cleaner, and it doesn't have the chemicals and such that briquettes do. Lump charcoal can get your grill going quicker than briquettes, but it’ll also burn out faster. Definitely going to try that one for the next pizza cook. There are differences in the way the two types of coal burn, and hence the way we should use them. A big debate amongst keen BBQ-ers is which is best, lump wood or briquette charcoal and there are passionate views on boths sides. Due to the fact it is tree branches and varies greatly in size, there is a LOT more surface area in contact with air when it burns. I usually use the Big Green Egg brand of lump just because that's the only other one I can find. BBQ Briquettes Vs Lump Charcoal – What is the Difference? Lump for a long cook isn't as practical. Briquette vs Lump Charcoal. Briquettes take longer to get going but will burn for hours without much attention on your part. Likewise, these high levels of temperature can be an advantage or a disadvantage. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Lump lights cleaner. Lump charcoal vs briquettes – Techniques/Tips To Improve How to start a charcoal grill. The last 1/3 of the bag was full of small pieces, dust, little bits and a few rocks. Depends on what you are cooking and what you want to do. Lump vs. Briquette Charcoal. BRiquettes have binder materials that cook into your food. I think the grill also matters. That website has been my bible the past week. I am wondering if I simply haven't found any good quality briquettes. Just a third of briquets in the bottom, then hardwood on top. Hey all, today we're going to start a new series for folks new to the grill or pit and we're starting with lump charcoal vs. charcoal briquettes. I use briquettes for the same reason. There are two types of charcoal – lump and briquettes. All in all, the briquettes lasted me longer than the charcoal, put out more even heat, and I actually maintained temperature in my smoker a lot better (my SnP is quite prodigal of heat; it's hard to get into the 250-275 range). For the last few years, the only thing the grilling obsessives I know wanted to talk about were the wonders of lump hardwood charcoal. When I haven't been able to get Weber briquettes I have to resort to my supermarket. I use lump in my smoker exclusively now and both on my grill depending on what I'm cooking. Briquettes for long cooks and lump for grilling. I've bought this at different Lowes & Home Depot stores in NJ, Virginia, and NY. I buy cowboy and it's the exact opposite for me. Every bag I have gotten has a bunch of big chunks (fist sized or bigger), most of the bag is between 2 inches and fist sized, and very few small pieces. In my experience the cheapest briquette is absolute trash compared to the cheapest lump. Thread in 'Grilling Tips' Thread starter Started by smoking chief, Start date Apr 27, 2014; Apr 27, 2014 #1 smoking chief Newbie. I fully agree. I throw a lamb leg on there and let it go for a few hours on a Sunday. This makes temperature control a bitch. I use lump for all my long cooks on the WSM and it works great. Many Qrs have a strong preference for lump charcoal over conventional charcoal briquettes. First you need to find the right grill for your needs. Lump charcoal is also more responsive to oxygen, making it easier to control the fire’s temperature if your barbecue grill has adjustable air vents. Lump Charcoal vs. Briquettes: Which is Better? Have you ever wondered what the difference between the two types of charcoal are? “From the start I noticed right away the briquettes burned very smoky versus the lumps. After placing the charcoals in the barbeque, you can control the internal cooking pressure by adjusting the vents. It can be used for the two tasks above described for the briquettes, however it takes a little bit more experience to get consistent results. The value just isnt there for me. In my Kamado joe I prefer lump. I have been using briquettes for the past few months and the convenience factor is definitely there, starting it is basically lighting the chimney and going back inside. And in spite of these advantages, I'm getting fed up with using lump charcoal. 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