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Charcoal of the Future?

By April 12, 2007

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Ever since Henry Ford and his brother-in-law fired up briquettes of sawdust, charcoal has been produced from industrial waste. Whether dust from the saw mills or scraps from furniture factories, we have relied on someone to turn this useless leftover wood into fuel for our grills and smokers. Now there comes a different kind of charcoal made from the husks and shells of coconuts. Technically referred to as extruded coconut charcoal, this material can be formed into virtually any shape to serve most any purpose from charcoal logs to briquettes for cooking. Coconut charcoal burns hot and clean, imparts a mild flavor, and produces a mild, sweet, but unique smoke. Coconut charcoal is huge in Asia where is is produced and is making its way into Europe and North America

An excellent example of this type of charcoal is Kingsgrill charcoal briquettes. These square briquettes are designed to burn evenly and efficiently and are self starting. Now I know that I have said that self starting charcoal is bad, but this “quik lite” doesn’t use petroleum chemicals to get is going. Instead each, dual layer briquette is infused with an all natural, organic lighting substance. You can literally place a match (wooden) on top of one of these briquettes and get it burning quickly. In fact these are ready to go in about two minutes. The lighting is actually pretty fun because these have almost a fireworks level of combustion when they first start out, cracking and popping (and producing a good amount of smoke) to get going. Once burning these briquettes glow orange and put out a substantial amount of heat. With a burn time around an hour and a half, these are not the sort of charcoal you would want to use for smoking, but these are excellent for grilling. If you see a box of this charcoal I encourage you to pick it up. Not readily available right now, but I predict you will be seeing a lot of coconut charcoal in the near future.

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April 15, 2007 at 8:51 pm
(1) Romy says:

Thanks, Derrick.

August 16, 2007 at 4:17 pm
(2) The Naked Whiz says:

Here is a more in-depth review of this product:


December 3, 2007 at 4:26 pm
(3) willard says:

I want to understand why is coconut charcoal not good for smoking? I just bought a bar bq smoker and I liked the idea of smoking with something new like the coconut brisketts…. Please replay soon.

December 26, 2007 at 4:46 pm
(4) The Naked Whiz says:

True extruded coconut charcoal is great for smoking. The problem is that you can’t really find it in the US. You used to be able to get it from Kamado when they brought it in from the Philippines, but for various reasons, they have switched to a vastly inferior product now that contains enormous amounts of ash. The Kings Grill briquettes also produce a lot of ash and so are great for a quick grill, but not suitable for sustained cooking in some types of cookers.

March 29, 2008 at 2:28 am
(5) erwan says:

Dear All,

Quick / Instant Charcoal Briquettes are divided into “liquid fuel impregnated/dipped” and non-liquid fuel impregnated.

Liquid Fuel Impreganted (usually kerosene) are considered fast light, but still takes time of more than 10-minutes to rady to BBQ/Grill and in some products you still need to pour additional liquid fuel to get the charcoal burns faster.

A KingsGrill product is a non-impreganted liquid fuel, and therefore the volatile material (or non-charcoal material) is added in a quite significant amount to get the fire spread very quickly, and the remaning ash is quite a lot but consist of mineral (plus ash) which could be used as a fetilizer when mixed in the soil or other adequate growing medium.

We ourselves is the producer of quick light type of Coconut Charcoal Briquette which is Eco & Environment friendly (its even carbon cycle) product, and we call our product is Instant Light type (www.instant-bbq.com).

For those who did not like much ash, then you could try a Normal Light (regular) Coconut Charcoal Briquette which is burns hotter, smokeless, sparkless, odourless and last for approx. 3-hours grilling time.

October 30, 2008 at 12:54 am
(6) benny says:

Hi All,
Indonesia is the Archipelagic state that has big and small islands in a great quantity by thousands hectare plantation of coconut grows and ready to use. The largest one produce Charcoal Briquette in Indonesia are come from Batam Island, they are manufacture and own products like Coconut Shell Briquette Charcoal, Coconut Shell Activated Carbon, Mangrove Charcoal.

Our coconut shell charcoal briquettes are also offered in a simple way of packing. You can find out our “One Minute on Grill” more and herewith we invite you to join us and be our next lucky partners.

If you need more detail information please visit -> http://www.charcoalcarbon.com

April 22, 2009 at 3:42 am
(7) Ole says:

Interesting, thanks. I do think it is importnat to open the eyes of many endusers about the high quality of ECO friendly products such as briquettes made on the left overs from e.g. rice, coconut or palm trees. To day the awareness of the ECO friendly products is increasing the only problem being that the price level for high quality products is higher than for low quality. Due to the crisis too many prefer the low class, which is sad.

January 10, 2010 at 6:23 am
(8) Sy Syarien says:

To make it “instant lite” in less than 5 minutes, they might be used 20% nitrates impregnated in the briquette, with alcohol-based gel as ignition aid, as described by the following patent:

So basically, you just buy 20% “fireworks” in this briquette. :)
Therefore, if you enjoy fireworks prior to BBQ, this charcoal is for you. But if you want to grill in natural way, then you have to buy natural coconut shell charcoal briquette and sweat it out with longer process in lighting the charcoal… :)

July 7, 2010 at 1:54 am
(9) Johnny says:

What is the energy content in these coconut charcoal?

July 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(10) Kevin says:

Full disclaimer: I work for afire, we are looking for more feedback on our coconut charcoal

If you look up “afire coconut charcoal” on amazon, the user reviews are mostly positive and they say that it lasts longer and can be used for smoking, because afire also sells smoking planks.

July 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm
(11) Charcos says:

As alternative to the traditional lump charcoal and briquette, eco friendly coconut shell charcoal is gaining popularity. To find out more about coconut shell charcoal, you can follow this link: http://www.charcos.biz.

A rich review on this coconut shell charcoal can be found here: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpdatabase/lumpbag96.htm

August 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm
(12) Mesa says:

Is there any company in america I can sell coconut shell for charcoal. south Pacific (samoa, fiji,Tahiti,etc; being using coconut shell way back olden days that’s how they cook with, buy using coconut shells. Thanks mesa from Hawaii

June 14, 2011 at 4:11 am
(13) David says:

We produce 100% pure coconut shell charcoal briquette from Indonesia. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email davidchristian_70@yahoo.co.id.

thank you very much for your cordial cooperation.

David Christian

February 7, 2011 at 7:23 am
(14) bandula gunawardana says:

we are produsing “coconut charcoal” any good quantity hear in sri lanka …so please help me to select suitable buyer..thanks

February 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm
(15) Adnan says:

my email is adnan_libnene@hotmail.com
im interested in ur product ..i want to buy it and distribute it in the united states..send me your location and some form of a catalog to study your product.thank you

July 8, 2011 at 9:09 am
(16) Datta Global Traders says:

Greetings from Datta GLobal Traders

Are you looking for sellers or exporters of Coconut Shell Charcoal ?

February 20, 2012 at 9:25 am
(17) RANJITH says:

I belong to the state “Kerala” situated in India. In our language the word “kera” means coconut tree, means our major agriculture product is coconut.Last day I saw an article, says that coconut shell from our region is much better to produce charcoal or activated carbon. but unfortunately a few make divercified products from coconut. here coconut shell is very cheap and I want to to know much more about the deamnd for coconut charcoal in U S. If can, please contact…

March 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(18) jeraldin eustecia says:


i belong to the state ” tamil nadu” situated in india. i m interesting in u r product, so please send some more detailes how to product cocnut charcoal sheller and buyer this is my e mail id jeraldineustecia@yahoo.com

April 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(19) suersh says:

I am interested in buying coconut shells in large quantity. What is your status in getting this? R u a broker, owner ???? Please clarify

April 18, 2012 at 1:52 am
(20) spyros says:

we are interested in importing coconut charcoal for the uk
We are a big wholesale company of charcoal.
can anyone help.

June 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm
(21) Joseph Diasparra says:
June 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm
(22) gaurav narula says:

Hi Spyros,

Please send me your email address and we can discuss things further.
For your information only we have been in the business of charcoal for the last 40 years.

my email is gaurav.n.narula@gmail.com. Please contact me through this email.

Gaurav Narula

June 12, 2012 at 10:18 am
(23) mitra says:

Our company produce material of coconut shell charcoal for natural size,3×6 and 4×8 with present the competitive price,if you have interest please feel free to contact us directly at (adi.mitrabiz@hotmail.com) for more informations needed,


June 29, 2012 at 2:35 am
(24) joseph says:

dear sirs,

i am from Kerala state in India, we can supply coconut charcoal, if any one interested , mail to josephmat123@gmail.com

August 11, 2012 at 4:19 am
(25) k sivaprakash says:

We are exporters of Coconut charcoal,coir fiber,coco peat,coir pith,coconut shell,coconuts and other coco products from India if you are interested kindly reply us mail id:royappa.agro@gmail.com, website:www.royappainternational.in

October 3, 2012 at 12:24 am
(26) WCGan says:

Yes, now coconut charcoal is starting gaining global attention for its amazing potentials.

We produced Grade ‘A’ Coconut Charcoal. Anyone interested please contact us on : allicorpltd@gmail.com. thanks.

May 7, 2013 at 2:22 am
(27) Daniel says:


Does anybody knows if I can find coconuts briquettes somewhere in london (of delivery in london)



July 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm
(28) bekir says:

I produce in Indonesia good quality charcoal from coconutshell.
snow wite ash max 3% .
I sell already to Germany , Jordan Türkey and Austria.
If you need also contact me

August 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm
(29) Kumara says:

Dear All , really appreciate ideas of the comments. We also produce good quality Coconut Shell charcoal briquettes for BBQ and Shisha(Hookah). Our company is in Sri Lanka.
If anybody interested please email me (savainagrihelp@gmail.com)

August 26, 2013 at 5:17 am
(30) Huong says:


We have one 40DC container of coconut shell charcoal (24.3 tons), made in VIETNAM.

The product’s information is below:
1. Material: 97% good quality coconut shell, 3% cassava adhesive
2. Shape: Round stick, 20x160mm
3. Package: 9 sticks per bag, 450gr in weight; 20 bags per carton
4. Ex work price (PE bags and cartons included): 19,248 USD (can offer FOB/CIF price as required)

The whole product is in stock and AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY.

If you are interested, please let me know.

Thanks and Regards,
(Skype ID: kiku_hana, email: pth2702@gmail.com)

October 13, 2013 at 10:13 am
(31) Dean says:

Sarlis Foods International is a wholesale distributor of high quality, competitively priced BBQ charcoal briquettes and Activated Charcoal . We have offices in Greece, Canada and Sri Lanka.

We are the exclusive distributor for one of Sri Lanka’s leading charcoal company. With more than 20 years of experience our supplier is now the world’s largest manufacturer of coconut shell charcoal in the world. We supply many customers in Europe, Japan and North America.

All of our products are made from 100% coconut shell with no additional inferior natural, raw materials like; soft lumbers e.g. coconut lumber, shrubs e.g. cotton plants and saw dust. And unlike most other products on the market our products do not include unnatural ingredients like brown coal, mineral carbon, borax, sodium nitrate, limestone and other additives.

Abrasive Index: Max. 10

Particle size: 6*10(50 or 55) & 8*16(50 or 55) with 3-5% variation

K-Value: 45 (gold absorption value grams/kilograms)

Relative Rate of
Absorption: 70% & 100%

Platelets Content: 5% – 10% (ASTM D2862-97) (depending on version)

Moisture Content: Max 5%

Apparent Density, Dry: 0.43 – 0.47 g/cc min (depending on version)

Total Ash Content: Max 5%

Hardness: 99%

CTC Activity: 50-55% (depending on version)

Packing options include:

25 kilogram (55lbs/2ft3) Poly lined bags

500kg (1100lbs/40ft3) Super Sacks

Contact: soc.dean@gmail.com

October 17, 2013 at 6:30 am
(32) Shrinidhi says:

Dear sir/madam
we are a small scale manufacturing unit from UDUPI City of Karnataka,we are into manufacture of Hardwood Charcoal briquettes of different grades for barbecues, Hardwood Charcoal Briquette (Supply ability 100tons per month)All The above briquettes are pillow shaped Briquettes and manufactured from Hard wood Charcoal Powder/some extent of activated carbon for high Fixed carbon and 100% natural binder.
whoever wants to distribute/sell the product in their respective country/area please do contact us back /mail us back to pranamyabiofuels@gmail.com

December 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm
(33) Peter Beasley says:

Best pricing on coconut charcoal and shells looking for USA investing in
2014 phone 01161411824822

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