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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:34 pm 
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Today I was test burning some new charcoal samples.

This is a piece of oak binchotan. The ash reminds me of a Cadbury Flake!

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Here's a temp check of our own sawdust briquettes versus a sample I received.

Our current sawdust briquette:
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Sample briquette:
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Charcoal briquettes may look similar, but the performance is not always up to par.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:33 am 
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interesting stuff!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:56 pm 
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We get samples from all over the place. Always a bit of fun trying them out. Will be burning some new samples from Thailand and Indonesia when they arrive in a few days.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:09 pm 
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Obviously ash, smell, taste, density ect are all variables. Am i right in saying these are steamed?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:18 pm 
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Steamed? Never heard of charcoal being made with steam, unless you are talking about activated charcoal. Though that is made by first firing the material into char, then activated in the furnace with steam. All volatile material is removed in this process, leaving behind just the carbon structure. The carbon is then washed in lots of water or using an acid first, then water to remove the acid.

Depending on the type of charcoal briquette (sawdust or coconut, log or pillow shape), there are two common methods of production. Sawdust briquettes are typically formed into shape (raw sawdust is placed into an extruder) then fired in a furnace. Coconut briquettes, pillow and solid log (like shisha finger charcoal) briquettes are made using pre-charred material. The coconut is turned into charcoal first, crushed into different sized pieces (granules or dust), mixed with a binding ingredient, then placed in either an extruder (logs) or forming machine (pillows)


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