I bought some a while back to season my smoker. That was the weirdest smelling charcoal ever!
As it was heating up in the chimney, It was like watching some sci-fi video of planets covered with volcanoes. There were little flares on the surface of the briqs that would hiss, pop and sizzle throwing sparks.
Worse than a pine log in a campfire. Eventually they settled down and when they were ashed over they began to smell like wood charcoal. I decided I would never cook meat with it. The remainder of the bag will go in a campfire just for the show!!