If you are new to the world of grilling, you may wonder how to use hardwood lump charcoal in your outdoor grill that you’ve built. The best grills, after all, need hardwood lump charcoal that’s often used with charcoal grill, charcoal briquettes, or some type of propane gas in order to operate. If you’re smoking meats, you’ll also need smoker grill parts. So what are hardwood lumps, what are their benefits, and how to use them? Keep reading to find out.
Charcoal grills can use two primary types of charcoal, charcoal briquettes, and hardwood lump charcoal. The latter is known for having a higher purity with fewer chemicals added. This makes for healthier barbecuing, but lumps are slightly harder to light and keep going than charcoal briquettes. Still, if you are cooking for long periods of time the purity of lump charcoal is the way to go, suiting those learning how to use a charcoal grill as a smoker.
Some charcoal grills allow for electric charcoal starters, eliminating the need for lighter fluid or newspaper.
How to choose and grind beef for burgers?
No matter your preferred type of charcoal hit up your local butcher for locally sourced beef for burgers.
Does lump really burn hotter?
Lump charcoal burns hotter in certain conditions, but it really depends on how the lumps are arranged, the burn time, and where the adjustable air vents are placed.
Does your grill type matter?
Not really, though some grill types are better at certain tasks, such as imparting a natural smoky flavor, slow cooking, and maintaining a steady temperature.
STAT: Today, the process of making lump charcoal typically begins by stacking wood logs in underground pits and covering them with sheet metal and dirt. The logs are lit at one end of the pile and the wood smolders for a few days. (source)