GrillHunx Lump Charcoal
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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: August, 2022
Purchased From: Amazon
Date Purchased: August, 2022
Price: $32.97
Advertised Weight: 20 pounds
Type of Wood: Mesquite and oak
Strange Material: None
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: Strong woodsy smoke
Country of Origin: Mexico


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


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Commentary

This brand of lump charcoal first came to our attention when we saw an individual posting to numerous Facebook groups about how it was all big pieces, burned a long time and produced little ash. You know. The same sorts of things that the manufacturers all say. So we bought some so we could see how it really performs. We ordered it from Amazon and it arrived fairly quickly and in good shape.

GrillHunx comes from Mexico and is made from mesquite and oak. The map at right shows where Mexico is, in case you didn't know. The charcoal comes in a very tough woven plastic bag, much like the blue tarps you can buy in any hardware store. And the bag needs to be tough. As we will see, the pieces are large and could easily pierce a paper bag.

So, as usual, we open the bag and dump it out on the ground for sorting and inspection. We found no scrap wood, no trash except for one small piece of white plastic strip which no doubt came from the white bags they use to package the charcoal for shipping to the bagging plant. As as far as size goes, indeed, the overall size distribution is heavily weighted towards larger pieces.

Large 12.2 pounds 60.9%
Medium 6.1 pounds 30.2%
Small 0.8 pounds 4.1%
Chips/Dust 1.0 pounds 4.8%



Total 20.1 pounds

Over 91% of the bag is medium and large pieces, and there are almost no small pieces. If you have a small cooker, this charcoal will require some hammer busting to fit pieces into your cooker. The 4.8% by weight of chips and dust was Very Low () compared all other brands tested.

Next comes the lighting test where we see how many sheets of newsprint it takes to get a fire going in a Weber chimney starter. Surprisingly, it only took 3 sheets to light this charcoal which is Very Low () compared to all other brands. The smell of the charcoal was a pretty strong wood smoke smell, typical of mesquite. We'll discuss the sparking and popping that occurred during lighting a bit later.

In our maximum temperature test GrillHunx burned at 1150°F, which easily gets it into the top 10 hottest burning charcoals we have ever tested. So needless to say, this was Very High () compared to all other charcoals. Also, the fire spread fairly quickly and the charcoal didn't take very long to hit that maximum temperature. We'll discuss the sparking and popping that occurred during lighting a bit later.

As for how long GrillHunx burns, well, it let itself down a bit in this test. The burn time was only Average () compared to other charcoals. We usually report on what it was like lighting the charcoal with a MAP/Pro torch, but we'll discuss the sparking and popping that occurred during lighting with a torch a bit later.

Our final test is to measure the volume of ash produced by the charcoal. The amount of ash was quite high, ranking High () compared to other charcoals.

Before we get to giving our rating, you will have noticed we repeatedly put off talking about sparking and popping until "a bit later." Well, it's now "a bit later", so let's talk about sparking and popping. There was a lot. A lot. While burning in the chimney starter, the sparks and pops were non-stop. While lighting with a MAP/Pro torch, again there was a lot of sparking and popping. What was most concerning was the maximum temperature test where we are burning the charcoal with the bottom vent wide open and the daisy wheel removed from our medium Big Green Egg. The tower of sparks leapt about 14 feet into the air. Sparks were shooting out of the bottom vent as far as 8 feet away from the cooker. Granted, this is burning at very hot temperatures, but in general you need to be aware of this behavior. We certainly wouldn't leave a cooker unattended until we knew the fire had settled down and the sparking had died down. The following video shows the sparks coming out the top of the cooker:


So what rating do we give GrillHunx? Well, GrillHunx has a great size distribution with a very low amount of chips and dust. However, not everyone wants so many huge pieces of charcoal. It is easy to start and burns really hot, but is only average on burn time and produces an above average amount of ash. And then there's the sparking issue. We'll also mention that GrillHunx is quite expensive. So looking at everything overall, we can only give GrillHunx an Above Average rating.

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Other Information

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Statements From The Bag

"Product of Mexico", "Hotter Burn", "Cleaner Burn", "Solid Hunx", "All Natural Prime Lump Charcoal", "A Charcoal You Can Brag About", "No Added Chemicals", "All Natural", "Great Flavor"


Lighting Instructions

"Lighting Methods

Chimney Starter

– Crumble (sic) and stuff papers at the bottom of the chimney starter (or use couple of fire starters)
– Fill the chimney starter with The Hunx.
– Light the papers or fire starters
– Let it burn for 15-20 minutes or till Hunx are red hot
– Empty the hot burning Hunx in the grill and enjoy the grilling!!

Pyramid Style

– Stack the Hunx in a pyramid form
– Crumble (sic) 2 to 3 paper towels and insert them betwen the Hunx (or use couple of fire starters)
– Drizzle some cooking oil on the paper towels and set them on fire
– Let it burn for 15-20 minutes or till Hunx are red hot
– Spread the hot burning Hunx and enjoy the grilling!!"


Safety Instructions

None


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


Other Photos

This is how the bag arrived.


Photo of UPC Code


Contact Information

GrillHunx, LLC
2870 Peachtree Road NW
#915-1763
Atlanta, GA  30305

Web: www.grillhunx.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GrillHunx


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