Expert Grill Lump Charcoal
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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: July, 2021
Purchased From: Walmart
Date Purchased: July, 2021
Price: $14.88
Advertised Weight: 30 pounds
Type of Wood: Unknown
Strange Material: One small rock
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: Mild wood smoke
Country of Origin: Mexico


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


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Commentary

Some time ago, we purchased an 8-pound bag of this charcoal at Walmart, thinking to do a review of it. When we opened the bag, the size of the pieces was so small we decided it wasn't worth our time. However, since then we have read some positive things
about Expert Grill from readers and decided to buy the big bag and give it a second chance. Turns out it was a good thing we did and we think many of you will be surprised by what we found.

Expert Grill is a house brand name at Walmart, so there is no easy way to find out who makes this charcoal or get any information about it. However we were able to deduce that it is made/owned by Duraflame. Also, we know is that is is made in Mexico so we have provided one of our helpful maps at right in case you wonder where Mexico is. We have reached out to Duraflame for more information and at this time are waiting for their response.

We really didn't know what to expect when we dumped the bag out for sorting and inspection, so we were pleasantly surprised to find what appeared to be a reasonable mix of sizes. And while we are aware of a video out there from some guy who found a piece of insulation and a stick in his bag of Expert Grill, we found nothing in our bag except a not-all-that-unexpected rock. It was smaller than a golf ball and not a reason to make a video.

As you can see in the following table, over half of the 30-pound bag was comprised of medium and large pieces of charcoal. And although almost one-fifth of the bag was chips and dust, when you consider the price of this charcoal, it is still a bargain even after you toss that 17.8%. Heck, this charcoal is a bargain even if you toss the small pieces in addition to the chips and dust.

Large 7.1 pounds 23.4%
Medium 9.4 pounds 30.9%
Small 8.5 pounds 27.9%
Chips/Dust 5.4 pounds 17.8%



Total 30.4 pounds

In our lighting test, Expert Grill took 3.5 sheets of newspaper to get started in a chimney starter. This is Low compared to all other brands, making it fairly easy to start. The smoke was a moderate woodsy type of smoke. THere was a small amount of sparking while it burned in the chimney starter, but no popping.

Next, in our maximum temperature test, this charcoal burned at 902°F which is High compared to other brands. There was a small amount of sparking and popping as the fire grew. The fire grew quite slowly. Noticeably so, in fact. Later, in our burn time test, it took quite a long time for the fire to grow to the point where the cooker was at 300°F (which is when we start the clock.)

And speaking of burn time tests, Expert Grill charcoal burned a pretty long time, ranking High compared to other brands. When lighting with a MAP/Pro torch there was a moderate amount of sparking and popping, so always exercise care when using a torch of any kind to light lump charcoal. Finally, the ash produced by this charcoal was Low compared to other brands.

So in summary, Expert Grill is a pretty inexpensive charcoal that performs very well compared to other brands. It is fairly easy to start, burns very hot for a long time and produces not that much ash. The only measurement it lags behind in is the quantity of dust and chips in the bag. But as we already have pointed out, even if you remove the small pieces, the dust, and the chips, the price per pound is still below most of the so-called premium brands. We give this brand our Recommended rating.

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Other Information

None


Statements From The Bag

"Ready to cook in 15 minutes", "All Natural — No Fillers or Chemicals", "100% Satisfaction Guaranteed*", "Enjoy With (cow)(chicken)(pig)(fish)", "Made in Mexico", "Find more at Walmart*com"

"Great Quality. Great Price. Guaranteed.", "Our guarantee is our promise that you'll be fully satisfied with the quality of every expert grill™ product. Questions or comments email info@bbqwf.com"


Lighting Instructions

"GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:
To retain the natural flavor, we recommend building your fire without lighter fluid. Instead, use a solid fire starter and/or a chimney starter. With a chimney starter, begin by placing a fire starter inside your grill. Fill the chimney with Lump Charcoal, light the fire starter, and place chimney over it. The fire starter will continue to burn igniting the charcoal. Let it burn until the flame comes all the way up the chimney, then carefully dump the coals into the grill. Without a chimney starter, stack the desired amount of Lump Charcoal in a pyramid on top of a solid fire starter leaving an edge exposed. Then light the fire starter. The fire starter will burn down igniting the coals. Let the coals burn for approximately 15 to 20 minutes with the lid and all vents open. Allow the wood to cook down to a gray tone, then close the vents and lid. Wait about one minute for flames to subside, then open lid and spread coals evenly. Place food on the grill and close the lid. Cooking with the lid closed prevents flare-ups and allows the wood to give better smoke flavor to the foods cooked."


Safety Instructions

"GRILL SAFETY
  • NEVER ADD LIGHTER FLUID AFTER STARTING FIRE!
  • NEVER USE GASOLINE OR KEROSENE TO START FIRE!
  • NEVER GRILL INDOORS WITH THE PRODUCT!
  • USE CAUTION AND WATCH FOR FLARE-UPS WHEN OPENING A LIT GRILL!
  • MAKE SURE ASHES ARE COOL BEFORE DISCARDING!
  • GRILL SHOULD BE PLACED ON A LEVEL SURFACE!
  • PLACE GRILL AWAY FROM ALL FLAMMABLE ITEMS (TREES, OVERHANGS, BUILDINGS, ETC.)!
  • SHOULD MORE COOKING TIME BE NEEDED, ADD REGULAR CHARCOAL — DO NOT ADD
        INSTANT LIGHT CHARCOAL!
  • USE FLAME-RETARDANT MITTS WHEN USING A HOT GRILL! USE LONG-HANDLED
        UTENSILS TO HANDLE FOOD!
  • NEVER LEAVE GRILL UNATTENDED! KEEP CHILDREN AND PETS AWAY FROM HOT GRILLS!
  • CLOSE BAG TIGHTLY AFTER USE AND STORE IN A DRY 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 are the larger pieces we found in the bag.


    Here is a closeup of the single rock we found in the bag.


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


    Other Photos

    None.


    Photo of UPC Code


    Contact Information

    Walmart, Inc.
    702 S.W. 8th St.
    Bentonville, Arkansas  72716

    Phone: 800-925-6278

    Email: help@walmart.com
    Web: www.walmart.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/Walmart

    Duraflame, Inc.
    1879 Saint Rose Parkway, Suite 200
    Henderson, NV  89052

    Phone: 702-803-7701

    Email: info@bbqwf.com, info@duraflame.com
    Web: www.duraflame.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/duraflame


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