The Battle of the BBQ Fuels: Briquettes vs. Lump Charcoal


When it comes to BBQ fuel, there are two main options: briquettes or lump charcoal. Both have their pros and cons, so which one is the best for you? In this blog post, we will discuss the difference between BBQ fuel briquettes and lump charcoal, and help you decide which one is the best for your next BBQ!


BBQ fuel briquettes are small, uniform pieces of charcoal that have been formed into a square or rectangle. They typically come in bags and are easy to store, transport and light. BBQ fuel briquettes burn for longer than lump charcoal and provide a more consistent heat to cook food with for extended periods of time.


Briquette Pros:

  • It maintains a steady temperature for a longer period.
  • Cheaper than lump charcoal.
  • Burns longer.

Briquette Cons:

  • Large ash production.
  • Produces a chemical smell.
  • Takes longer to light.


This photo shows a Hot Rods Charcoal Briquettes - Flaming Coals

Lump charcoal is made from hardwood trees that have been burned down to just their carbon-rich remains. Unlike BBQ fuel briquettes, lump charcoal does not contain any additives or binders which makes it eco-friendly and produces fewer emissions than BBQ fuel briquettesLump charcoal lights quickly reach higher temperatures faster and burn hotter than BBQ fuel briquettes do. It's also easier to control the temperature when grilling with lump charcoal as you can spread out the burning coals or add them as needed while BBQing.


Lump Charcoal Pros:

  • Contains no additives (all natural)
  • Easier temperature adjustment
  • Little ash production
  • Burns hotter
  • Lights quickly


Lump Charcoal Cons:

  • Bags contain uneven pieces of charcoal that can make it hard to grill. It also takes a bit more effort to cook with the snake method although it can be done by breaking the lump down into briquette-sized chunks
  • More expensive than briquettes
  • Burns faster



This photo shows a Hardwood Lump BBQ Charcoal by Flaming Coals


So which one should you choose when BBQing? Ultimately it comes down to personal preference, but if you're looking for convenience then BBQ fuel briquettes may be your best bet as they are pre-packaged and ready to use. If you're looking for something more natural and Eco friendly then lump charcoal could be the way to go. For those who want ultimate control over their BBQ heat, then lump charcoal will give you the ability to adjust the temperature as needed while cooking. No matter which option you choose, both BBQ Fuel Briquettes and Lump Charcoal can help make your next BBQ experience a delicious one!


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by: Michael Wilkie