Paul here with another guide for you.
This one is the first part of our multipart charcoal guide.
Today we’re going to start with coconut charcoal.
Coconut charcoal is comprised of carbonized coconut shells that are then ground down andbound together with some kind of binder.
It's usually cornstarch.
It’s actually pretty benign.
There are countless brands out there, and to be very frank, most of them are kind ofthe same product.
A lot of them are actually made from the exact same recipe and a lot of them are made inthe same factories.
There are some differences.
The most obvious one is the size.
If you compare something like these Cocoa Buzz 2.
0s to these Social Smoke Natural CoconutCharcoals, you'll notice that there is not much of a difference when it comes to textureor color, but there's a big difference when it comes to the size.
What that means is that this piece of charcoal is going to burn for considerably longer thanthis piece of charcoal and produce more heat right off the bat, but the composition ispretty much the same.
You do want to watch out for really cheap low quality coconut charcoals.
There are a few companies out there who have substituted ground up wood charcoal as a filler,and that can cause off flavors, that can introduce carbon monoxide into the smoke, and in general,they're just not as good.
They don’t burn for as long, they don’t burn with as mellow a heart.
Sometimes they burn very hot and sporadically, but if you choose from one of the better brandson the market, and this is not all an inclusive list of the best brands of coconut charcoal.
There are lots of other great brands out there, but if you choose one of the good brands,the quality brands, you're guaranteed to get a good session.
You're guaranteed to get a piece of charcoal that does not add a lot of flavor to the sessionif any, does not give off a lot of carbon monoxide, and burns evenly, consistently andwithout a lot of problems.
I love coconut charcoal and you should definitely give them a try if you've not tried them yet.
The vast majority of coconut charcoal brands you're going to find are entirely naturalcharcoal, which means that they don’t have any of the accelerants or the chemicals thatare added to quick-like charcoal to help them ignite themselves with very little heat.
These need to be started on either an open flame or an exposed coil burner.
Otherwise, if you try to light these with something like a pocket lighter, you're basicallygoing to get the edge or the tip to glow red and then it’s going to go out on you.
They need a lot of heat and they need direct exposure.
That being said, there is one brand of coconut charcoal that does have a quick light version,and that is a chronic hookah quick light charcoal.
They have the same type of chemicals as most quick lights and they light fairly easilywith a Bic lighter or a torch lighter or something like that.
That just about does it for our intro guide to coconut charcoal.
This doesn’t go very deep, but it should give you a pretty good idea as to what you'regetting into if you start smoking with coconut charcoal, which I do suggest.
They are absolutely my favorites.
If you have any questions, or you feel that I missed something that I should go over,please go down to the comments section or go to the forums and let me know.
Ask me questions, give me your comments, your criticisms, and I will respond to as manyof them as I possibly can in the upcoming videos.
We’ll be back next time with quick light charcoal and I’ll see you guys then.