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coconut charcoal?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by crawdaddy, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Fire Starter

    hello all,

    has anyone tried this charcoal called Coshell?  I had a coupon for some in today's paper and might go pick up a bag later.. I'd never heard of if before today.

    It looks to be made of coconut shells so I am wondering about flavor.

    on that same note, has anyone tried burning coconut shells for smoke wood?
  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    A good review here-
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 31, 2010
  3. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I can't tell you anything about the coconut charcoal, but I use 1/4 to 1/2 of  the coconut shell mixed in with lump in my WSM when I smoke chicken, it gives a light coconut flavor that we really enjoy.

  4. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Fire Starter

    thanks y'all.

    gene- do you age the coconut shells or what?  i've got some shells around but the one time i tried to use them they just kinda burned.
  5. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Fire Starter

    alright, i tried the charcoal last night.  it burned very clean.  i think it was around 5$ for 9# and i had a coupon for 1.50 off. 
  6. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    No, they aren't "aged" maybe 2-3 weeks since we cracked them open. I don't know if it makes a difference, but we use brown coconuts rather than the green, you know, it's just easier to get the husk off.

    I break them up to about the size of a silver dollar and mix them in with my lump, they burn up, I haven't found any chunks left after a smoke, but I found they last about 1 1/2 hours when smoking chicken at high temps, did the charcoal give you any coconut flavor?

  7. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Fire Starter

    no, the charcoal didn't give any flavor really.  it did burn hot and clean so it worked out good where i live.  i liked it   in my opinion it did a good job.  sometimes the regular charcoal i use puts off a bit of smoke and i don't want to bother the neighbors.  that is just firing it up in the chimney though...  this stuff ,really i didn't know was burning at all the whole time.  i like the wood to smoke a bit - not the charcoal.

    thanks for the response on the shells.  i have some in a bag and will try them next chicken cook.  i tried them once and as i said it just resulted in fire but we'll see.  these were brown as well.