Types of charcoal

The charcoal variety is enormous. Depending on the ingredients, the shape and country of the charcoal manufacturer’s, the name may vary. Charcoal can be briquette or natural wood. We will begin with all types of charcoal in this article.


Common charcoal is made from wood, pet, tree bark, especially coconut shell or petroleum materials.

Activated charcoal is similar to Common charcoal but is made for medical use. To produce activated charcoal, they heat ordinary charcoals with gas, creating internal spaces or pores. These pores help activated charcoal trap chemicals.

Lump charcoal is a traditional charcoal batch that is made directly from hardwood materials. Coal ash production is lower than briquette.

Japanese charcoal eliminates pyro ligneous acid during manufacture. As a result, during burning, it produces almost no smell and smoke. Japanese coals are divided into two categories: white and black.

briquettes charcoal

Pillow shaped briquettes are made by compressing charcoal, typically made from sawdust and other wood by-products, with a binder and other additives. The binder is usually starch. Briquettes may also include brown coal (heat source), mineral carbon (heat source), borax, sodium nitrate (ignition aid), limestone (ash-whitening agent), raw sawdust (ignition aid), and other additives.

Briquette sawdust is made from compacted sawdust without adhesives or other binders. It is preferred in Taiwan, Korea, Greece, and the Middle East. The charcoal is a hexagon with a round hole. This charcoal is primarily used for barbecue because it has no odor, smoke, less ash, more heat, and longer burning time.

Extruded charcoal is made by extruding either raw ground wood or carbonized wood into logs without the use of a binder. The heat and pressure of the extruding process hold the charcoal together. If the extrusion is made from raw wood material, the extruded logs are subsequently carbonized.

binchotan is a Japanese white charcoal. It is traditionally used in Japanese cuisine. The wood used in binchotan charcoal is oak. Especially the Oak Tree of Wakayama. The city is a major producer of this type of coal.

Materials in briquette charcoal

Materials such as starch lime nitrate Anthracite are used in briquette charcoal. Below are the reasons for using any of the above ingredients.

Anthracite eliminates odor smoke and causes continuous burning.
Lime burns evenly and creates a clean, light gray.
Starch is used by manufacturers as adhesives.
Sodium nitrate is used to produce light.

Lump charcoal

Lump charcoal has many benefits and its production temperature is very hot between 800 and 1000C. The amount of heat produced by this coal is twice as much as briquette. Its only natural wood.


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