Wicked Good Charcoal
Weekend Warrior Blend
Charcoal (2005)

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Date Of Review: November, 2005
Purchased From: Provided By Wicked Good Charcoal
Date Purchased: November, 2005
Price: $11.50/22 pound bag, $5.75/11 pound bag
Weight: 22 and 11 pounds
Burn Time:
Ash Production:
Type of Wood: Blend of South American Hardwoods
Strange Material?: None
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None
Smell: Mild,slightly perfumey, slightly smokey
Country of Origin: Uruguay, Paraguay & Brazil


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Commentary

Well, the good folks at Wicked Good Charcoal have done it again and brought to the market another blended charcoal comprised of several species from South America. Before anyone brings up rain forest destruction, we would point out that the manufacturer of this charcoal is pursuing certification from the Forestry Stewardship Council. (For more information on the FSC, visit the FSC website.)

So, what's up with the new Weekend Warrior Blend? Well, the Competition Blend from Wicked Good Charcoal is a hot-burning, long-burning, low-ash charcoal. It's also one of the harder to light charcoals on the market. Weekend Warrior Blend is meant to be a hot-burning charcoal, but perhaps not as long-burning or low-ash as the Competition Blend. But most important, the Weekend Warrior Blend is meant to be easier to light. So let's see how it did.

First of all the charcoal contained no scrap, no rocks, no funny stuff. As you can see from the following table, the amount of chips and dust was exceptionally low. Most good charcoal seems to be in the 10% range, while the worst are up to 25% chips and dust. We also dumped out a second 22-pound bag in the course of our testing. This second bag had only 4.2% chips and dust! This is, again, exceptionally low. (Editor's note: We feel that if this charcoal can come all the way from South America to Maine, survive the trip from Maine to North Carolina via a package delivery service, and still arrive in such good shape, that the problem isn't jack-booted thugs in Wal*Mart stomping the bags in the back room like we often hear. The problem with charcoals full of chips and dust is the manufacturer not willing to load their bags with good charcoal. Kudos to Wicked Good Charcoal for achieving this quality of product.)

While the table shows that a little over half of the bag was in the "small" category, most of these pieces were on the bigger end of the small range. In other words, if anything from a marble to a golf ball were considered small, most of the small pieces were golf balls. So, overall, the size distribution was quite good. (Note: the distributors have informed us that a change is being made to increase the percentage of larger pieces.)

Large 2.9 pounds 13.3%
Medium 6.2 pounds 27.8%
Small 12.0 pounds 53.6%
Chips/Dust 1.2 pounds 5.3%



Total 22.3 pounds

Ok, so how did the lighting test go? We performed the test twice and both times it took 4 sheets to get the charcoal started. This is about the average, and easier than the Competition Blend which took 5 sheets to light. There was very little popping or sparking in the chimney starter as the charcoal lit and burned. You can hear some crackling going on, but there were no sparks flying out of the chimney starter. The smell of the charcoal as it started burning seemed to us to be a sort of cross between the typical perfumey smoke you can get from tropical woods and the more woodsy smoke you get from American hardwoods. The smoke was mild and pleasant.

When we started the charcoal with a MAPP torch, there was some sparking, but since this is blended charcoal composed of several species of wood, the amount of sparking depended on which piece of charcoal you were lighting at the moment. So, we'll repeat our standard warning that you should exercise care if using a MAPP torch to start charcoal.

Once lit, the fire was pretty quick to spread and it hit a maximum temperature of 890 degrees relatively quickly. This is near the top of charcoals we have tested. This is certainly adequate for any high-temperature searing you would want to do. We also had occasion to do some additional burning of the Weekend Warrior Blend and some of the observations we made confirmed that this is a hot burning charcoal if you give it the airflow. However, like all charcoal, if you control the airflow you should have no trouble maintaining low temperatures. There was very little sparking or popping while it was burning with high airflow.

The burntime was average and the ash production was very low.

All in all, this new blend stacks up very well against other charcoals. So this charcoal targeted for the weekend warrior gets our Recommended rating.

NOTE: If you are more inclined to use briquettes than lump charcoal, you may wish to check out our product review of Wicked Good Charcoal's Weekend Warrior Blend Briquettes. They are made from the same blend of woods as the Weekend Warrior lump charcoal!

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Other Information

None.


Unusual or Unique Statements

None.


Statements From The Bag

"100% Hardwood Charcoal", "No Chemicals, Aditives (sic) or Fillers", "Burns Hotter, Longer & Cleaner", "All Natural Lump", "Hardwood Lump Charcoal"


Lighting Instructions

Suggested Lighting: Use a Charcoal Chimney Starter


Photos Of Contents

This is the contents of the bag. Those are 1 inch squares on the measuring bar.


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 bags arrived.


Photo of UPC Code

Here is a photo of the UPC code on the 22-pound bag:


Here is a photo of the UPC code on the 11-pound bag:


Contact Information

Imported into the US and sold by:
Larry and Lee Ann Johnson
Laralee Distributors, LLC
West Newfield Village, Maine 04095

www.wickedgoodcharcoal.com

Retail Locations:

Wicked Good Charcoal Weekend Warrior Blend is also available through a number of retail stores across the country. Click Here to go to a list of retailers who carry this charcoal.


About This Review

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