A few of us Mossbacks in the Seattle area are doing a group buy on a pallet of Charcos Coconut shell briquettes, and I've been procrastinating getting around to do a test cook, so Super Bowl Sunday was the big day!
This is how they are packaged
I weighed out @ 4 lbs. of the briqs.
Took @ 1 lb. and used a Chimney and 3 BGE fire starters per the Charcos website video.
Took @ 8-10 minutes to completely light.
Added the remaining 3 lbs. to a clean base and firebox of a Large Big Green Egg.
Minion style burn
4 Cherry chunks for smoke
2 Pork Loin Back ribs liberally seasoned with Smokie Okie's Okie Dust
Guru assisted @ 30 minutes to reach 275* grate temp.
3 hours in Apple juice spritz
4 hours in, applied glaze
Still rockin' steady Left Hand Smoke style!
Pulled and rested at 4.5 hours
Nice smoke ring, moist with a slight pull off the bone very competition worthy if I do say so!
I shut the Egg down at 5.5 hours and there were @ a dozen briqs left. I want to see how much is reusable and how much ash was produced, but all in all this was a great show of how little charcoal was needed to maintain a cook.
A couple of the Seattle guys gave gotten 6+ hours on 3 lbs of Charcos at 225* http://www.charcos.biz/
See what the Naked Whiz has to say about the Charcos Coconut shell briquettes: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpdatabase/lumpbag96.htm
I am not affiliated with Charcos or a blogger given the product to review, just sharing my observations on using a different fuel type. Feel free to hit me up with any questions.