Hasty Bake 2017
Lump Charcoal

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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: April, 2018
Purchased From: Provided by Manufacturer
Date Purchased: August, 2017
Price: $18.99
Advertised Weight: 20 pounds
Type of Wood: Missouri Oak and Hickory
Strange Material: None
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: Very Mild
Country of Origin: USA

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

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We originally reviewed Hasty Bake Lump Charcoal just over 15 years ago. That was before we started testing burn time, ash production and all our other observations, so when Hasty Bake contacted us recently, offering to submit a sample for review, we thought it was about time to do another review of their current product in order to see how it fares using the current standards. (If you wish to read the review of the 2002 sample, you can find it here.)

So, the first thing we do is dump the bag out on the ground and sort the pieces of lump by size, also looking for anything interesting, good or bad. We found nothing bad, like plastic. We also found no scrap lumber, and just a few small pieces of wood that were not fully carbonized. Here can see a photo of the contents.

As far as the size distribution went, however, it wasn't all that great. The following table shows the size distribution:

Large 1.3 pounds 6.5%
Medium 3.1 pounds 15.3%
Small 13.4 pounds 66.7%
Chips/Dust 2.3 pounds 11.5%

Total 20.1 pounds

As you can see in this photo, the percentage of large pieces was quite low, and the percentage of small pieces was quite high. We had three bags of Hasty Bake to play with and the bag we used in this review was representative of all three bags. You just don't get many large pieces and you get a whole lot of small pieces. The 11.5% of chips and dust was average when compared to all other brands we have tested.

Moving on, things start looking quite a bit better. In our lighting test, it took only 3 sheets of newspaper to get the charcoal lit which is low compared to other brands. In addition to being easy to light, Hasty Bake charcoal does not spark or pop when started in a chimney starter. The smoke during the lighting process was very mild.

In our maximum temperature test, we measured a maximum temperature of 1,063°F, which is very high when compared to other brands. Again, during this test there was no popping or sparking at all. The fire spread quite rapidly and the smoke again was very mild.

Hasty Bake also did very well in our burntime test, ranking very high when compared to other brands. We light the charcoal for the burntime test with a MAP-Pro™ torch which is prone to generating lots of sparks and popping. There was the occasional sparking and popping when using the torch on Hasty Bake charcoal, so be sure to use caution if you use a torch for lighting your lump charcoal.

Finally, the ash produced during the burntime test was very low when compared to other brands.

So, to summarize, the size distribution of the pieces is not all that great, but Hasty Bake Lump Charcoal does well in all other categories. It's quite easy to light, burns extremely hot, burns a long time and produces little ash. If only the size distribution were better. We give Hasty Bake's current product our Recommended rating.

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Other Information


Statements From The Bag

"Easier to light", "100% charred wood", "Natural chunk form", "Better for the environment", "THIS BAG IS BIODEGRADABLE"

"DONT WASTE! The small charcoal particles found in the bottom of the bag will aerate the soil and retain moisture when added to potted plants. Ashes are also a valuable source of nutrition for your potted plant and flowerbeds."

Since 1948 hardwood charcoal has been the only charcoal recommended by the manufacturer of award winning Hasty-Bake® ovens."

"Why use hardwood charcoal?

  • Contains NO additives, fillers, or petroleum coatings.
  • Made of 100% pure charred wood (like hickory).
  • Ignites in minutes without using charcoal lighter fluid.
  • Burns cleaner and is better for the environment.
  • Food has a natural campfire flavor – no chemical aftertaste.
  • Burns hotter making seared and grilled meats juicier."
  • "Pure hardwood charcoal is mainly a source of heat with only a mild wood smoke flavor. Hasty-Bake® recommends using natural wood smoking chips or chunks to your hardwood charcoal for a more intense smoke flavor."

    "We invite your comments or suggestions about this or any other products in our line. Hasty-Bake® gourmet charcoal ovens let you grill, bake or smoke a variety of foods all on one unit."

    Lighting Instructions


    1. Place a "firelighter"*, Hasty-Bake FireGel**, or a twisted piece of paper in the base of your cooker.
    2. Surround fire source with the appropriate amount of charcoal and provide plenty of ventilation.
    3. Ignite your fire source without the use of lighter fluid.
    4. Your coals are ready when they glow read and you feel the intense heat, approximately 6-10 minutes.

    *Firelighters carried by Hasty Bake®, are oversized kitchen matches made of wood particles that burn completely in 6-8 minutes — without leaving any residue.

    **Hasty-Bake FireGel is different from charcoal lighter fluid in that the chemical make-up is mostly alcohol based, burning off completely, leaving behind no fumes or residue.

    Safety Instructions


    Unusual or Unique Statements


    The Ruler Used In The Following Photographs

    We use the following ruler in the photographs which follow. The black and white segments are
    1 inch long. 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 photo is an overall view of the contents of the bag.

    Here is a closer view.

    Here are the larger pieces we found in the bag.

    Here is a closeup of the few pieces of uncarbonized pieces. The lines are ¼ inch apart.

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

    Other Photos

    This is how the bags arrived.

    Photo of UPC Code

    Contact Information

    1313 S. Lewis
    Tulsa, OK  74104

    P.O. Box 4609
    Tulsa, OK  74159

    Phone: 918-665-8220

    Web: www.hastybake.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/hastybakegrills

    About This Review

    If you are unfamiliar with our testing procedures, you may wish to read How We Review Lump Charcoal before reading this review. Also, you can read How We Score Lump Charcoal to learn about our scoring system.

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