At present, the UK charcoal market is approximately 115,000 tonnes per annum, of which up to 90% is imported from Africa and South America where a large proportion is cut from non-sustainable sources such as tropical rainforest.
British charcoal is widely accepted to be of higher quality than the imported product as the wood used is typically less dense giving the charcoal a carbon content as high as 90% compared to only 60% in many imported varieties. This results in it being easier to light without the need for accelerants and being capable of producing a consistent even heat more quickly.
Our British Charcoal comes from sustainable purpose grown woodland in Shropshire, Kent and partner woodlands around the home counties. The wood used is from oak, hazel, beech and ash. All of which have fabulous burn quality and offer the optimum in infused flavour. All natural with no chemical additives whatsoever. Each bag yield is graded into pieces 40cm to 80cm for standard home use or 80-150cm sizes selected for 'Restaurant Grade'.
Lump Charcoal Vs Briquettes
Charcoal is made by burning wood in the absence of oxygen, and lump charcoal is the product of that.Since lump is charcoal in its most natural form, it's no wonder purists will almost always prefer it.Beyond that, lump charcoal has a lot of attractive qualities; it lights faster, burns hotter, and leaves very little ash compared to briquettes. Lump charcoal is also more responsive to oxygen, making it easier to control the fire's temperature if your grill has adjustable air vents. It lights quickly, burns hotter, produces little ash and boasts easier temperature adjustment, and is ALL natural.
Briquettes are the fast food of charcoal;they're cheap and reliable, can be found on almost every corner, but you really don't want to know what's in them!
Unlike the pure lump charcoal, briquettes are manufactured wood by-products, compressed with additives that help them light and burn consistently. These additives give off a chemical smell when lit, but allowing them to burn until covered with white ash before starting to cook should avoid any off-putting smells transferring to your food. Although they may not sound attractive, there are some advantages to briquettes. They provide a stable burn, maintaining a steady temperature for a longer period of time with less hand-holding than lump charcoal.
CPL Charcoal ( A major Contributor to Global Warming)
CPL Charcoal is considered a swear word in the British sustainable firewood and charcoal industry. Any bag of charcoal bearing theCPLlabel represents cheaply imported product from potentially unregulated deforestation from literally any tree and is produced in countries like Romania and parts of Africa. While this may suit budget it really is a product best avoided if you are looking to do your piece to save unregulated deforestation, a major contributor to global warming. Also willing to forgo quality, consistency and beautiful woody aromas.