Kingsford is a very popular brand of charcoal briquettes used to fuel competitive and home bbqs across the nation. It burns consistent and can be reasonably priced if you watch for sales. Within the Kingsford brand of charcoals there are several varieties of briquetes There are; “Match Light, Original, Professional, Lump and flavored (mesquite, applewood and hickory). There is a new sheriff in town by the name of Long-Burning brand charcoal briquetes. This particular charcoal claims to burn 25 percent longer than the Original brand. We have purchased said bag and will be cooking and performing an uncontrolled burn experiment. Let’s take a look.
We picked up a bag at the local box chain store for ten dollars and change for a 11.1 pound bag. Once we got home we removed 12 charcoals from the bag. We will be comparing the Long-Burning to the blue bag Original bag of charcoal briquettes. We weighed separately both the blue bag and long burning briquets. Surprisingly they both weighted exactly the same at 8 ounces/12 briquetes. Both charcoals looked identical. We piled the 12 charcoals over a fire lighting pouch and ignited. They both ignited at the same rate. The both seemed to put out the same amount of heat. After one and one half hour the briquetes had exhausted to a small pile of small embers. There was no discernible difference between these two piles. As an unscientific observation we would conclude these two charcoals were the same. We cooked a pork shoulder with the Long Burning charcoal. The charcoals behaved and performed with Kingsford consistency.