Martha Stewart Chunk Charwood Charcoal       Home       Lump Review Index      

Quick Stats
Date Of Review: July, 2002
Purchased From: Kmart SuperK
Date Purchased: 6/29/2002
Price: $4.91
Weight: 8.8 pounds
Burn Time:
Ash Production:
Type of Wood: "Kiln-fired hardwood
Strange Material?: None
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: Over 80%
Smell: Very little
Country of Origin: USA

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Martha's Chunk Charwood is made by Cowboy and bagged for Kmart. We suggest you read the review of Cowboy Charcoal for the details. Since it is Cowboy, it gets the same above average rating:

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Unusual or Unique Statements

"Keeps up to 10 years in a dry location."
"Unlike charcoal, you can safely add chunk charwood while you grill."
"Caramelizes Foods' Natural Sugars To Seal In Flavors"
"Sprinkle a bit of vegetable oil over the charwood instead of lighter fluid to help you get your fire going."
"Dry twigs or kindling may also be used." (to start fire)

Statements From The Bag

"Chunk Charwood", "All-Natural", "Martha's Favorite For Authentic Wood-Grilled Flavor", "Easy To Light", "Burns Hotter And Longer Than Charcoal", "Caramelizes Foods' Natural Sugars To Seal In Flavors", "100% Natural, No Additives", "Made Of Kiln-Fired Hardwood", "Adds Sweet, Mellow Flavor To Grilled Meats, Poultry, Fish And Vegetables", "Unlike Charcoal, You Can Safely Add Chunk Charwood While You Grill", "It's Easy To Grill With Chunk Charwood"

"Why Use Chunk Charwood Instead Of Regular Charcoal?

Because it is all-natural. Traditional charcoal contains chemical additives and binders; chunk charwood is fired in kilns using natural grain alcohol instead of petroleum, which can leave residues on the charcoal. There are no emissions in chunk charwood, and its high heat burns more fat from foods than traditional briquettes.

What Can I Cook With Chunk Charwood?

Use chunk charwood when grilling meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables. Although chunk charwood usually cannot be used with a gas or electric grill, you can use our flavored wood chips with these types of grills for authentic wood flavor."

Lighting Instructions

"It's Easy To Grill With Chunk Charwood"

1. Starting your grill: The odor and chemical components of petroleum-based lighter fluids can penetrate your food and should never be used to start all-natural chunk charwood. here are two excellent alternatives:

Chimney starters: These steel cylinders usually hold about four pounds of charwood placed on top of a few sheets of crumpled newspaper, which can be lit with a match. After the coals are hot, lift the chimney by its handle and empty it into a grill, where the coals quickly attain cooking temperature.

Newspaper and/or kindling: Make sure bottom vents of grill are open. Crumple newspaper sheets into balls and place at bottom of grill. Dry twigs or kindling may also be used. Pile chunk charwood over newspaper and/or kindling. Sprinkle a bit of vegetable oil over the charwood instead of lighter fluid to help you get your fire going. Light newspaper and/or kindling with a match in several places.

2. After lighting, keep the grill uncovered and don't replace the grill's grate until charwood turns red.

3. Spread charwood evenly over bottom of grill, cover with the grill's grate, and start cooking.

4. Add charwood as needed for extended cooking.

5. Tightly roll down top of bag and reseal to keep out moisture.

Photos Of Contents

This is the contents of the bag. Those are 1 inch squares on the measuring bar.

Here is a closer view.

Here is an example of the types of scrap that make up this charcoal.

Other Photos

How sweet! It's in a reclosable bag. No wonder, if you are going to keep it 10 years!

Photo of UPC Code

Here is a photo of the UPC code on the bag:

Contact Information

Manufactured For Martha Stewart Living
Omnimedia, Inc. New York, NY 10036

About This Review

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