Fred's Music & BBQ
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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: July, 2009
Purchased From: Donated by Fred's Music and BBQ
Date Purchased: July, 2009
Price: $25.50
Weight: 26.5 pounds
Burn Time:
Ash Production:
Type of Wood: Unknown South American
Strange Material?: None
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None
Smell: Moderate smokiness
Country of Origin: Unknown, South America

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This charcoal was sent to us by Fred's Music and BBQ Supply with these words: "I buy it from a guy off the back of a truck - he only speaks Portuguese. We make the deals with a lot of hand waving etc. and then we exchange my cash for his charcoal." Ok, we're game. But what's all those funny words on the bag? "Charcoal" (from top to bottom) in English, French, Dutch and German. So, how did it do?

We were told to expect some large pieces and when we dumped the charcoal out for sorting, we found that indeed we got a fair amount of large pieces. And one large piece. A very large piece. A record 3.5 pound piece. (You can see a photo of it below.) Other than the one huge piece, the distribution of sizes was quite good. You may find yourself wanting to bust up some of the larger pieces, but the amount of chips and dust in the bag was low compared to most charcoals:

Large 6.5 pounds 24.5%
Medium 10.8 pounds 40.5%
Small 7.5 pounds 28.0%
Chips/Dust 1.9 pounds 7.0%

Total 26.7 pounds

As you can see from the table, the total amount of charcoal was a little over the advertised weight.

The charcoal was fairly easy to light, taking 4.5 sheets of newspaper in our chimney starter test. This is average compared to other charcoals. The smoke was a moderate woodsy smoke as opposed to the somewhat perfumey smoke that sometimes is produced by South American hardwoods. While the charcoal was burning in the chimney starter there was no sparking or popping at all.

The charcoal also did reasonably well in our maximum temperature test, burning at 930 degrees which is high compared to other charcoals. Again there was no sparking or popping while the charcoal was roaring away in the cooker. And although the charcoal was pretty easy to light in the chimney starter test, it does seem that the fire takes a long time to spread once you dump it out into a cooker. We would recommend starting this charcoal in a chimney starter and making sure you get it going pretty good before dumping it out. If you do choose to start it with a MAPP torch, there is only moderate sparking and no real popping, but exercise caution as always.

Finally, in the burn time test this charcoal didn't distinguish itself, burning only an average length of time. However the ash production was a pleasant surprise, the ash produced being low compared to other brands of charcoal.

So, here we have a charcoal which is average on burn time, and lighting, and better than average on ash production, maximum temperature and waste in the bag. Coupled with a relatively high price of almost $1.00 per pound, we give this charcoal our Above Average rating.

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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 is the record-setting 3.5 pound piece we found!

Here is the small rock, a few bits of straw, and a stick we found in the bag.

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

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This is how the bags arrived.

Photo of UPC Code

Here is a photo of the UPC code on the bag:

Contact Information

Fred's Music and BBQ Supply
212-214 West Lancaster Ave.
Shillington, Pa. 19607

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