Atlanta Grill Company
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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: April, 2021
Purchased From: Atlanta Grill Company
Date Purchased: April, 2021
Price: $21.99
Advertised Weight: 18 pounds
Type of Wood: Unknown
Strange Material: None
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: Moderate, pleasant
Country of Origin: Colombia

Key Performance Indicators
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If you hang out in any of the Facebook groups devoted to barbeque, you have probably heard of Atlanta Grill Company. They get quite a bit of praise from readers and recently they have started carrying their house brand of charcoal. We recently ordered a bag and have put it through our testing regime. Let's now see how it did:

The charcoal comes from Columbia, according to the bag. As to what species of wood is used, we don't know. As of this writing, Atlanta Grilling Company has not responded to our question about the makeup of the charcoal.

As usual, our first task is to dump the charcoal out onto the ground for sorting and inspecting. We found no scrap, no uncarbonized wood, and nothing in the way of unexpected items. Upon sorting the bag, we found the following size distribution of pieces:

Large 2.0 pounds 11.3%
Medium 8.8 pounds 49.6%
Small 6.3 pounds 35.2%
Chips/Dust 0.7 pounds 3.9%

Total 17.8 pounds

You may have noticed that the bag was 0.2 pounds underweight. Not a lot, but very very few bags of charcoal that we review come in underweight. As you can see, the distribution of sizes is pretty good with nearly half the bag being medium sized pieces. There were a few large pieces, but nothing huge. And the amount of chips and dust was Very Low compared to other brands we have tested.

Next up is our lighting test. It took 5 sheets of newspaper to get a fire going in a chimney starter. This is High compared to other brands, meaning it is more difficult to light than the average brand of charcoal. While the charcoal was burning in the chimney there was almost no popping and sparking, and the smell of the smoke was moderate and pleasant.

In our maximum temperature test, Atlanta Grill Company charcoal burned at 902°F, which is High compared to other brands. The fire was relatively slow to spread and get up to its maximum temperature. But again, there was very little sparking while it burned.

In contrast, when we lit this charcoal using a MAP/Pro torch for our burn time test, there was quite a bit of sparking and popping. However, this was only when using the torch. After we removed the torch and let it burn on its own, there was no sparking and popping. So as usual, always take care when using a torch to light lump charcoal.

In our burn time test, Atlanta Grill Company charcoal burned for a good long time; its burn time was Very High compared to other brands. And the ash production per hour of burn time was Very Low compared to other brands.

So, in summary we have a charcoal that has a reasonable size distribution with little unusable charcoal at the bottom of the bag. It's fairly hard to light, burns pretty hot, burns a very long time and produces very little ash. We are concerned that the bag we got was underweight, but this is probably offset by the low amount of chips and dust. If you like South American charcoals, you will probably be quite pleased with Atlanta Grill Company charcoal. We give it our Recommended rating.

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Statements From The Bag

"Premium Lump Charcoal", "Hand Selected Hardwood", "Burns Longer", "High Temp", "Low Ash", "100% All Natural Wood", "Produced & Manufactured by M&C Marcas SAS in Columbia.", "Farmer Direct"

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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 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

1275 Upper Hembree Road
Roswell, GA  30076

Phone: 770-993-6686


About This Review

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