B&B Hickory Lump Charcoal
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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: September, 2022
Purchased From: Ace Hardware
Date Purchased: August, 2022
Price: 19.99
Advertised Weight: 20 pounds
Type of Wood: See review
Strange Material: None
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: Moderate hardwood smoke
Country of Origin: USA


Key Performance Indicators
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Max Temperature:
Burn Time:
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Commentary

Having already reviewed the B&B Oak Lump Charcoal, the B&B XL Premium Lump Charcoal and the B&B Competition Char-Logs, we thought it only fitting to finish the job and review their Hickory Lump Charcoal, and in an upcoming review, their Mesquite Lump Charcoal.

B&B Charcoal is a family-owned business located in Weimar, Texas. For those of you who aren't familiar with Weimar, we provide a map at right. They produce a number of types of charcoal, each made from a single species of wood so you get predictable smoke flavor and performance. This particular charcoal is made from hickory. Or is it? The bag we purchased says "100% Natural Lump Charcoal With Hickory–Premium Hardwoods Blend" on it. We thought that was a mighty curious way of saying that the lump charcoal is made from all hickory.

So we visited the B&B website to see if they had any more information about this charcoal. The description on the web page for their hickory lump charcoal says "100% natural hickory premium hardwood". However, you will find photos of two different bags shown on this web page.

The first bag is marked "100% Natural Hickory Lump Charcoal":

The second bag is marked "100% Natural Lump Charcoal With Hickory Premium Hardwoods Blend":

So which is it, 100% hickory or a hardwoods blend? We wrote to B&B for an answer and this is what we found out:

"B&B expects a min[imum] of 30% to 40% of the Primary Species on the bag (Hickory/Oak/Mesquite) is mixed in with a blend of random hardwoods. Itís a 35%/65% blend in each bag. The other 65% is primarily Ebony, Mesquite, and Oak."
Ebony? Really? In Texas? Well, yes. There is a tree called Texas Ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule) that grows in a region from Laredo to Corpus Christi and south into Mexico. The map at right depicts its range.

So now that we know what's in the bag, let's get on with the review. As usual, the first thing we do is to dump the bag of charcoal out on the ground so that we can sort it into different sizes and examine the contents in detail. We found nothing in the bag that shouldn't have been there. It was all just charcoal. As far as the size distribution goes, it was pretty good with over half the bag being medium to large sized pieces. The 5.6% by weight of dust and chips was Low () compared to other brands. The following table shows you the distribution of sizes:

Large 4.3 pounds 20.7%
Medium 8.3 pounds 40.1%
Small 6.9 pounds 33.6%
Chips/Dust 1.2 pounds 5.6%



Total 20.7 pounds

So, time to burn some charcoal! In our chimney starter test, it took 4½ sheets of newspaper to establish a fire in a Weber chimney starter. This is Low () compared to other brands. The smell of the burning charcoal was your typical American hardwoods charcoal smoke and was moderately strong. While burning in the chimney starter there was very little sparking or popping.

In our maximum temperature test, B&B hickory charcoal hit a peak of 1058°F which is Very High () compared to other brands. While building up to that temperature there was little sparking and popping, however, it did increase as the fire got going. As as far as getting going goes, the fire spread moderately slowly.

So far this charcoal had been doing quite well in our testing but then it stumbled a bit in our burn time test. B&B hickory charcoal burned only an Average () length of time compared to other brands. This actually came as no surprise since the charcoal itself is rather dense, and dense charcoal typically doesn't burn as long as lighter charcoal that has been cooked to a higher temperature. Lighting with a MAP/Pro torch was relatively uneventful with only a small amount of sparking and popping. However, always exercise caution when using a torch of any type to light lump charcoal.

And finally, this charcoal also stumbled a bit when it comes to ash production. B&B hickory charcoal produced an Avearge () amount of ash compared to other brands.

B&B Hickory Lump Charcoal has a reasonably good distribution of sizes, is relatively easy to light and burns very hot. However, when it comes to burn time and ash production, it's performance is decidedly mediocre. We give B&B Hickory charcoal our Above Average rating.

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Other Information

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Statements From The Bag

"Texas Style", "A little goes a long way", "Better Burning Charcoal", "Burns Hotter, Longer, Cleaner", "100% Natural Lump Charcoal with Hickory", "Premium Hardwood Blend", "Environmentally Friendly", "No Chemical Additives", "Expert's Choice"

"Because it burns hotter and longer, it sears meat quicker locking in the flavor with added bonus of saving you both time and money."

"Great For: Beef Game Pork Fish Poultry Lamb Veggies"

"Benefits Of Our Lump Charcoal:
For over 50 years B&B has been the leading producer of lump charcoal. Through our unique charcoal-making process, we are able to rid our wood of the most unwanted foreign material, including resins and acids that are commonly found in other major brands. What remains is only the natural hardwood fiber making B&B Lump Charcoal the healthier and more flavorful choice."

"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.bbcharcoalproducts.com
Thanks for you continued support!"


Lighting Instructions

"LIGHTING INSTRUCTIONS
  • Position BBQ grill on flat surface, open air vents.
  • Place B&B Lump Charcoal in a pyramid shape in center of grill grate.
  • Add charcoal lighter fluid according to lighter fluid instructions.
  • Ignite charcoal in several places, leave grill uncovered while charcoal begins to burn.
  • As flames die down and charcoal pieces are ashed-over (grayish color) by daytime or (redish (sic) glow) by night, spread your hot lump charcoal to an even layer and you are ready to begin grilling!"


Safety Instructions

"SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
  • Never barbeque indoors or in an enclosed space.
  • Keep away from flammable items.
  • Never move a hot barbeque grill.
  • Ensure the charcoal and ashes have completely cooled down before cleaning.
  • Never add more lighter fluid to an existing fire.
  • Only use charcoal lighter fluid made for barbeque purposes. Never use gasoline.
  • For best results, store this bag in a dry place."


Unusual or Unique Statements

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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

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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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