Originally Posted by amber
Matts, charcoal made from wood?
Most charcoal is made from wood. The cheaper ones use bituminous coal, but the better brands use wood charcoal mixed with coal.
The wood charcoal I was elluding to is made of pure wood. It's the original charcoal [my father told me during WWII that he say the ladies in Italy making this fuel by piling wood up, lighting it on fire, and covering it up to smolder like a teepee with a whole at the top] , and is made by slowly baking wood down until is becomes the lightweight black pieces that you find in your fireplace or campfire. I can't remember the name of the retail brand of this charcoal, but it looks to me that they make it from scrap cuts of lumber.
This natural charcoal is very light and if you are in the US and have a Trader Joe's store near you they have it, or you can go to the US national roofing supplier The Roof Center to get it -- they're all over the place.
It burns hotter and faster then Kingsford, but it is controlable, and you may need to add more charcoal for long cooking [more than an hour]. But it lights fast, is great at the beach, and is light in weight. We keep a bag of each around and use whichever one fits the need, quick fast fire, or slow reliable heat.