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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: June, 2013
Purchased From: Provided by manufacturer
Date Purchased: May, 2013
Price: $18.50
Weight: 20 pounds
Type of Wood: Missouri hardwoods
Strange Material?: None
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None
Smell: Very mild
Country of Origin: USA

Key Performance Indicators
Chips and Dust:
Max Temperature:
Burn Time:
Ash Production:

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This new brand advertises itself as being 100% Missouri hardwood charcoal. There's been a lot of good charcoal that comes out of Missouri, so let's see how this brand does.

When we poured the charcoal out onto the ground for sorting, we all hardwood charcoal with nothing that shouldn't have been there. As you can see from the following chart, the distribution of sizes was exceptional with the percentage of chips and dust falling below 5%. This is very low compared to all other charcoals we have tested. The bag contained almost an extra pound of charcoal, so we ended up with almost 20 pounds of usable charcoal.

Large 3.8 pounds 18.3%
Medium 12.0 pounds 55.3%
Small 4.1 pounds 19.8%
Chips/Dust 1.0 pounds 4.6%

Total 20.9 pounds

Lighting the charcoal proved to be rather difficult, taking 5.5 sheets of newspaper in our lighting test which is high compared to other brands. There was no sparking or popping when lighting the charcoal in a chimney starter and the fire was somewhat slow to spread. The smoke coming off the charcoal during lighting was very mild, as mild as we think we have ever noticed.

During our maximum temperature test, the charcoal burned at just over 900° which is high compared to other brands we've tested. Again, the fire was rather slow to spread and build up to the high temperature it achieved. There was little sparking and popping while the charcoal burned at high heat. When starting the charcoal with a MAPP torch, there was the occasional vigorous pop, but in general, it was fairly tame. However, always exercise appropriate care when lighting any lump charcoal with a torch.

When it came to burn time, this charcoal came in as the fourth longest burning lump charcoal we have ever tested. The ash produced was very low compared to other brands.

So what we have here is a charcoal that is relatively hard to start, has very mild smoke, but burns forever with little ash. So, for the small inconvenience during startup, you get a charcoal that doesn't over power the food, allowing you to control the smoke flavor yourself with chips or chunks, and a charcoal that burns a good long time producing little ash and delivering good value for money. This charcoal gets our Highly Recommended rating.

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Statements From The Bag

"Premium All-Natural", "100% Missouri Hardwood", "Smoke the Competition", "Made in USA", "Made from Renewable Natural Resources. (Burns red hot—keeps your household green.)", "Perfect for All Charcoal Grills, Smokers, and Kamados"

"ROCKWOOD IS REAL. We make our pure lump charcoal from premium Missouri oak, hickory, and maple, so it's free from chemicals, fillers, binders, and other impurities."

"LIGHTS QUICK, BURNS HOT. Our charcoal lights easily and heats up in a flash, so you're ready to cook in minutes. Rockwood burns hotter, longer, and cleaner, sealing in juices for bolder, more flavorful food."

"BEAUTIFULLY IMPERFECT. Unique shapes mean umatched performance. Rockwood Lump Charcoal has a distinctive appearance because it's pure, 100% wood that's never pressed like synthetic briquettes."

"100% MISSOURI. Rockwood Charcoal™ is produly grown, kilned, bagged and shipped in the Show-Me State."

Lighting Instructions

See their website.

Unusual or Unique Statements


The Ruler Used In The Following Photographs

We use the following ruler in the photographs which follow. The blocks are 1 inch wide. The
upper scale is in inches, while the lower scale is in centimeters. The distance between the
centers of the two targets is precisely 9 inches.

Photos Of Contents

This is the contents of the bag.

Here is a closer view.

Here are the larger pieces we found in the bag.

Here are the contents of the bag sorted into medium, small, and too small/chips/dust.

Other Photos

This is how the bag arrived.

Photo of UPC Code

Contact Information

The Saint Louis Charcoal Company LLC
PO Box 525
Eureka, MO 63025

About This Review

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