What is Charcoal Briquettes ?
A briquette (or briquet) is a block of flammable matter used as fuelto start and maintain a fire. Common types of briquettes are charcoalbriquettes and biomass briquettes.
Constituents of charcoal briquettes
Charcoal briquettes sold commercially for cooking food can include:
- Wood charcoal (fuel)
- Mineral char (fuel)
- Mineral carbon (fuel)
- Limestone (ash colorant)
- Starch (binder)
- Borax (release agent)
- Sodium nitrate (accelerant)
- Wax (some brands: binder, accelerant, ignition facilitator).
- Chaff (Rice chaff and peanut chaff)
Some briquettes are compressed and dried brown coal extruded into hard blocks. This is a common technique for low rank coals. They are typically dried to 12-18% moisture, and are primarily used in household and industry.
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History of Charcoal Briquettes
The charcoal briquette was first invented and patented by Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania in 1897 and was produced by the Zwoyer Fuel Company. The process was further popularized by Henry Ford, who used wood and sawdust byproducts from automobile fabrication as a feedstock. Ford Charcoal went on to become the Kingsford Company.
Types of Charcoal Briquettes
There are serveral types of Charcoal Briquettes . here is some of them :
- Pillow Shaped Briquettes are made by compressing charcoal, typically made from sawdust and other wood by-products, with a binder and other additives. The binder is usually starch. Some briquettes may also include brown coal (heat source), mineral carbon (heat source), borax, sodium nitrate (ignition aid),limestone (ash-whitening agent), raw sawdust (ignition aid), and other additives.
- Hexagonal Sawdust Briquette Charcoal are made by compressing sawdust without binders or additives, making it completely natural. Hexagonal Sawdust Briquette Charcoal is the preferred charcoal in countries like Taiwan, Korea, Middle East, Greece. It has a round hole through the center, with a hexagonal intersection. Mainly for BBQ uses as it does not emit odor, no smoke, little ash, high heat, and long burning hours (exceeding 4 hours). Just pure wood aroma for the bbq meat.
Benefit of using Charcoal Briquettes
Charcoal Briquettes are easy to light, produce a constant heat and are ideal for outdoor barbeques entaintaining family and friends.
Briquetted charcoal will also burn for longer than a lumpwood charcoal making it a suitable economical alternative.
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