Tatoosh Posted January 29, 2012 Posted January 29, 2012 So, I'm playing around with my BBQ grill and smoker. I bought a large sack of lump charcoal at the market for 300 pesos. Or rather my wife did, I wasn't around since somehow having a fat old kano floating in the shadows seems to cause some sort of automatic price inflation. Other folks have mentioned they buy their charcoal cheaper down in the flatlands or in Cebu, but it may be that we live a mile up a mountain, so there may be some increase due to shipping costs. Anyway, the lump charcoal of unspecified nature runs hot and burns quick. Great stuff for grilling, mind you. Not so good for smoking. Like I said, it runs hot and burns quick. So I go digging around and find what I believe to be imported Chinese tubular charcoal. This has the density similar to the older briquettes we used to have in the States such as Kingsford's regular charcoal before they reformulated it. The shape is 3 inches long, maybe 1 1/2 inches in diameter and with a small 1/2 inch hole down the center (sort roughly kinda down the center). This stuff looks much more promising for smoking. Nice and dense for a longer burn and somewhat lower temperature. Of course, I'm a bit worried about all of the different charcoals used here and even imported from China because we don't have a clue what it is made of. Some things don't do good with food. In the USA, I don't sweat either the charcoal or the wood to smoke with. Here I worry about it all. But life is full of risks. I will run temperature and duration tests with the Chinese tubular stuff this afternoon. And I'm really just guessing it is Chinese. It may be produced in the Philippines. But I doubt it. I've seen advertisements for it in bulk on Sulit.ph and came away with the impression the distributors are bringing it in from overseas. I had to laugh when, after reading one charcoal sellers advertisement that prominently featured a large banner saying "WE SHIP ANYWHERE", I contacted them and asked how much to ship bulk purchase to Baguio City from their metro Manila distribution point. Their reply was, "Oh sorry, you must come pick it up." Anyone know if the tubular charcoal is made here or overseas? 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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