Wicked Good Charcoal
Weekend Warrior Blend
Charcoal 2021

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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: November, 2021
Purchased From: Ace Hardware
Date Purchased: October, 2021
Price: $25.99
Advertised Weight: 20 pounds
Type of Wood: Blend of South American hardwoods
Strange Material: None
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: Mild, pleasant smoke
Country of Origin: Brazil

Key Performance Indicators
Chips and Dust:
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Ash Production:

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It was in 2005 that we last reviewed Weekend Warrior Blend from the good folks at Wicked Good Charcoal so when we spied a bag at our local Ace Hardware, we thought it was time to give it another look. Not only is the passage of time justification for a re-review, but also back in 2005 we didn't conduct all the tests that we do now. So in addition to bringing our review up to date, we'll have more information on which to form our conclusion.

Like the 2005 Weekend Warrior Blend, today's version is made from a blend of South American hardwoods and comes to us from Brazil. Our thoughtfully-provided map showing the location of Brazil is to the right. So, let's see how Weekend Warrior Blend charcoal does now in 2021!

The first thing we do is dump the bag out onto the ground in order to inspect the contents for anything in the charcoal which doesn't belong, like insulation or metal, and then sort the bag into large, medium and small pieces, as well as chips and dust. We found absolutely nothing in the bag except charcoal and the following table shows the distribution of the different sizes:

Large 10.3 pounds 51.8%
Medium 5.3 pounds 26.6%
Small 3.1 pounds 15.6%
Chips/Dust 1.2 pounds 6.0%

Total 19.9 pounds

The first thing that should catch your eye is the exceptionally large percentage of large pieces. This photo shows the bag sorted by sizes. Nearly 79% of the bag consisted of large and medium pieces. Personally, a number of the pieces were too large for our liking, but we know there are those of you out there who want monster logs and this bag surely provided some. The 6.0% of chips and dust is Low compared to other brands of lump charcoal.

Incidentally, you may notice that the bag was underweight by a tenth of a pound, or 1.6 ounces. As you can see in this photo, the bag was torn and had been taped back together by the store.

The next thing we do is test how hard or easy it is to light the charcoal by counting how many sheets of newpaper it takes to get a good fire started in a standard chimney starter. Weekend Warrior took four sheets to start which is Average compared to other charcoals. The smell of the charcoal during lighting was quite mild and pleasant. Also, there was very little sparking or popping while the charcoal was lighting.

From there, we dump the lit charcoal into a cooker, add some more and then record the highest temperature that the charcoal burns at. In this case, Weekend Warrior burned at 889°F, which is High compared to other brands. Again, there was very little sparking or popping while the charcoal was burning away. The fire was moderately slow to spread in the cooker.

Next, in our burn time test Weekend Warrior burned a very long time which was Very High compared to other brands. It was just outside the top 10 longest burning charcoals in our testing. Lighting with a MAP/Pro torch produced some moderate sparking and popping, and remember, whenever using a torch of any kind to light lump charcoal, exercise caution.

And finally, the amount of ash produced by Weekend Warrior lump charcoal was Very Low compared to other brands.

So in summary, Weekend Warrior charcoal has a great size distribution, is average when it comes to lighting, burns very hot for a very very long time, and produces very little ash. Weekend Warrior lump charcoal from Wicked Good Charcoal earns our Highly Recommended rating.

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Other Information


Statements From The Bag

"100% Hardwood Charcoal", "No Chemicals, Additives or Filler", "Burns Hotter, Longer and Cleaner", "All Natural Lump", "Product of Brazil"

Lighting Instructions

"Suggested Lighting: Use a Charcoal Chimney Starter"

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

Other Photos

The bag had been torn and taped back up by the store.

Photo of UPC Code

Contact Information

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Phone: 999-999-9999

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