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Best Lump Charcoal for 2021

  • There’s a wide world of charcoal out there, and we’d wager you’ve met your fair share of fellow grillers who swear by one brand or the other. We have a few favorites of our own, but before we stir up those embers, it’s worth noting that we deal almost exclusively in lump charcoal instead of charcoal briquettes. Little more than dense hunks of pure carbon, lump charcoal burns cleaner, ignites faster, and leaves behind far less ash than briquettes. More importantly, however, is the absence of fillers or additives commonly found in charcoal briquettes, which tend to produce unpleasant smells and even a chemical taste in food. It’s a no-brainer, if you ask us.

    Though we prefer lump charcoal across the board, there are a few manufacturers whose fuel rules the rest. The selections listed below were made by our grill experts who’ve been testing and selling grills for more than 20 years — and on top of that, they all love charcoal grilling in their spare time. To say they’re “experienced” in the ways of lump charcoal would be an understatement.

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Best Overall Lump Charcoal


    • 20 lbs of 100% all-natural hardwood lump charcoal
    • Large, dense lumps burn longer and hotter than traditional charcoal briquettes
    • 3 hours of burn time in open grills, and over 12 hours in smokers or kamados
    • Superior heat production with top temperatures of over 1,000°F
    • Produces only small amounts of ash with little to no sparks or pops
    • Water-resistant, resealable packaging has a convenient carry handle on the side

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    • 20 lbs of 100% natural lump charcoal
    • Professional-quality charcoal designed for BBQ champions
    • Made of Missouri hardwoods without chemicals for pure, smoky flavor
    • Long burn time is perfect for low-and-slow cooking
    • Environmentally friendly production uses trees responsibly and creates zero waste
    • Packed in recyclable paper with soy-based ink, allowing for safe burning after use

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    • 20 lbs of 100% natural lump charcoal
    • Big chunks of charcoal lights faster, burns hotter and longer than traditional briquette style charcoal
    • Produces less ash than charcoal briquettes for easy clean up
    • A single pile can be reused multiple times, making them highly efficient
    • All-natural charcoal is free of tars and other harmful chemicals
    • Add even more flavor by mixing with your favorite seasoned wood chips or chunks

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