B&B Competition Char-Logs
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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: July, 2021
Purchased From: Ace Hardware
Date Purchased: June, 2021
Price: $19.99
Advertised Weight: 30 pounds
Type of Wood: Oak and Hickory
Strange Material: None
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: Mild
Country of Origin: Mexico


Key Performance Indicators
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Burn Time:
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Commentary

In reviewing some other B&B products, we came across these B&B Char-Logs. That, coupled with a discussion on Facebook about whether or not these logs were suitable for use in kamado-style cookers, led us to investigate. So, here we have
our review of B&B Char-Logs.

B&B Charcoal is a family-owned business located in Weimar, Texas. They produce a number of types of charcoal, each made from a single species of wood so you get predictable smoke flavor and performance. These Char-Logs are made from the remnants of their oak and hickory lump charcoal making process in Mexico. We conveniently provide a map showing you the location of Mexico at right.

So, we mentioned that these Char-Logs are made from the remnants from making oak and hickory lump charcoal. These charred remnants are ground into powder and then compressed under fantastic pressure to form the logs that you will see below. It is notable that there is no binder used. Because B&B doesn't cook their charcoal at really high temperatures, there is still enough plant cell membrane in the charcoal powder to bind the charcoal when compressed. The resulting logs are dense, about 1¾" in diameter with a 5/16" hole down the middle. The majority of the logs are between 1" and 5" in length.

One final comment before we begin this review. You will note in the Quick Stats that we paid $19.99 at Ace Hardware for our bag of Char-Logs. However, Ace pricing is notoriously high on many products and that includes this one. B&B Char-Logs can be found for about $12-14 a bag at other outlets.

So, like in all our reviews, we dumped the bag onto the ground for sorting and inspection. Since this isn't lump charcoal, we just sorted the bag into whole intact pieces, broken pieces, and crumbles and powder. As you can see from the following table, the bag consisted of 94% whole logs of varying lengths, about 5% small broken pieces, and less than 1% crumbles and dust:

Large 0.0 pounds 0.0%
Medium 28.8 pounds 94.0%
Small 1.6 pounds 5.3%
Chips/Dust 0.2 pounds 0.7%



Total 30.6 pounds

Needless to say, since this product is more like briquettes than lump, you would expect a low percentage of the unusable crumbles. But nevertheless, that would rank Very Low when compared to all brands of lump charcoal.

In our lighting test, in which we count the number of sheets of newspaper it takes to get a fire going in a chimney starter, these Char-Logs took 5 sheets to get a fire established. This is High compared to lump charcoal brands. There was no sparking or popping while the logs were getting started. The smell of the smoke was mild and what you would expect from a hardwood charcoal.

In the maximum temperature test, we were able to get B&B Char-Logs up to 898°F, which is High compared to brands of lump charcoal. Again, there was no sparking or popping. The fire was quite slow to spread, which is probably to be expected since these logs are relatively hard to start. Something we don't do with lump charcoal, but do observe with briquettes and extruded charcoal is to snuff the fire after the high temperature burn and observe the condition of the remaining pieces. The Char-Logs were somewhat fragile but if you take care, you can knock the ash off and reuse them.

In our burn time test, B&B Char-Logs burned only an Average amount of time compared to lump charcoal. The ash production was pretty staggering. The volume of ash produced was Very High compared to all brands of lump charcoal. In fact, the logs produced 7% more ash than the very worst lump we have ever tested. That said, when we compare it to other brands of extruded charcoals, it was in the middle of pack. In any event, this might not be the best charcoal for a really long slow cook in a kamado-style cooker as the volume of ash could block your air input. Otherwise, the ash wouldn't be a consideration.

One final comment before we render a rating for B&B Char-Logs. We don't usually cook food as a part of every review but we were curious to see how much flavor you would get from these logs without adding any wood chunks. We cooked a pork butt that took about 12 hours at 250°F. The result was a small amount of smoke flavor, but both we and our neighbor found ourselves wanting more smoke flavor. So, you will probably still find yourself needing to add wood chunks to your fire to get that smoky flavor that most of us want in our barbecue.

So as for a rating, there are really two ways to look at this. How does this charcoal do compard to lump charcoal and how does it do compared to other extruded charcoals and briquettes. Viewed as a briquette type of fuel, we would give B&B Char-Logs a Recommended rating. It's inexpensive, has some smoke flavor and performs as well or better than briquettes. However, when comparing it to lump charcoal (and some folks are using this like lump charcoal), we would give B&B Char-Logs our Average rating. It burns an average length of time and gets to above average temperatures if asked to, but it is hard to start and stumbles badly at producing ash. We can see using this for grilling, but for overnight cooks, the ash could prove to be a problem.

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Statements From The Bag

"Burns Hotter, Longer, Cleaner", "Texas Style", "Since 1961", "Better Burning", "Competition Char-Logs", "All Natural", "No Chemical Additives or Fillers", "B&B Char-Logs Made 'Naturally' From Hardwood Lump Charcoal", "B&B Premium Quality Competition Char-Logs", "Product of Mexico"

"Through our unique process, our 'Competition Char-Logs' are made exclusively from Hardwood Lump Charcoal. NO chemical additives or fillers are added, which is so commonly found in many branded briquets sold today. Our Competition Char-Logs burns (sic) Hotter, Longer & Cleaner, providing consistent natural flavor, long-lasting burn time perfomances (sic) for all your outdoor BBQ'ing/Grilling experiences with the added bonus of saving you both time and money. Our #1 Quality and Natural Processes has (sic) made our B&B branded charcoal products 'The Expert's Choice' for the outdoor BBQ'rs (sic) for many, many years!"

"Guaranteed Satisfaction
For over 50 years. B&B Charcoal Inc. has been committed to provide you with #1 Quality Charcoal
Products for all your outdoor BBQ'ing/Grilling experiences. B&B stands behind our products and
offers you our guarantee of satisfaction. If you have any questions or comments, please visit us
at: www.bbcharcoal.com
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!"


Lighting Instructions

"* Position BBQ grill on flat surface, open air vents.
 * Place B&B Char-Logs in a pyramid shape in center of a grill.
 * Add charcoal lighter fluid according to lighter fluid instructions.
 * Ignite Char-Logs in several places, leave grill uncovered while Char-Logs begin to burn.
 * As flames die down and Char-Logs are ashed over (grayish color) by daytime or (redish) (sic)
    glow by night. Spread hot Char-Logs to an even layer and you are ready to begin grilling!
 * If more cooking time is needed, add more Char-Logs accordingly."


Safety Instructions

"* Never barbeque indoors or in an enclosed space.
 * Keep away from flammable items.
 * Never move a hot barbeque grill.
 * Ensure the Char-Logs and ashes have completely cooled down before cleaning your grill
 * Never add more lighter fluid to an existing fire.
 * Only use charcoal lighter fluid made for barbaque (sic) purposes.
 * Never use gasoline.
 * Always keep away from children and pets.
 * For best results, store this bag in a dry storage place."


Unusual or Unique Statements

None


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 is a closeup of a single log.


Here is a closeup of the end of a log. Notice the hole that runs down the center of it.


Here are the contents of the bag sorted into whole pieces, broken pieces, and chips/dust.


Other Photos

None.


Photo of UPC Code


Contact Information

B&B Charcoal Inc.
P.O. Box 230
Weimar, Texas  78962

Phone: 855-BBQ-COAL

Email: social@bbcharcoal.com
Web: www.bbcharcoal.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcharcoal"


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