What makes bb kingsford briquettes or comparable unnatural?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by lehmeow, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. lehmeow

    lehmeow Fire Starter

    I have been reading and watching videos about the ingredients in kingsford original briquettes and wondering the specific ingredients that makes them unnatural? I see sodium nitrate and borax but I believe these are from the earth ingredients unless they are being man-made.

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  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Natural refers to naturally ground wood particles. There are binders and other ingredients used to form and hold the briquettes together. These ingredients impart a very pungent odor when lighted and produces a lot of ash that will clog the charcoal basket and deprive the fire of much-needed air intake. On the other hand, a good lump charcoal like Royal Oak is all wood that has been reduced to charcoal and is an all natural product. It burns cleaner, hotter and with much less ash.
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  3. lehmeow

    lehmeow Fire Starter

    I did email kingsford and answered me that it's a proprietary blend. Here's the ingredients I've seen posted and my question is which of these are unnatural or is there something else not listed?

    Wood char: a wood by-product that is used as a heat source.
    Mineral char: a form of coal also used as a heat source
    Mineral carbon: an almost pure-carbon coal that helps heat up the briquette
    Limestone : a sedimentary rock that makes the resultant briquette ash look nicer when its released
    Starch: holds the briquette together on the grill
    Borax: in small quantities, it’s a nontoxic mineral used to separate briquettes from their commercially made molds.
    Sodium nitrate: used as a starter for briquettes
    Sawdust: also a starter
  4. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I will agree that limestone, starch, borax, and sodium nitrate are things that are found naturally in our earth, but I really don't want to cook with any combination of them. Hydrogen, nitrogen, magnesium and phosphorus are also natural things, but I'm not going to fire off my cooker with a load of them.

    A lot of folks use briquettes and a lot of those use KBB. Make no mistake, Kingsford sells a hell of a lot of product. I do use a small amount of RO briqs in my chimney to light my lump. I use briqs to light the lump, lump for a good bed of coals and wood to cook with. Just my preference, but I am not going to cook with briqs and especially not with KBB.

    That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
  5. lehmeow

    lehmeow Fire Starter

    I like it and have a similar mindset about it. I'm trying out ro briquettes now but of course probably the same ingredients. I have to get some more lump and also want to try stubbs and kingsford comp briquettes since their sold locally here.

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