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Old 01-21-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Somali charcoal - Banned in the USA!

Anybody seen this article about Somali charcoal?

Apparently it's praised for its slow burn and sweet aroma, but banned in a lot of places because it funds Somali bad guys. Crazy! Not that I'd ever want to support Somali bad guys, but has anybody here ever tried this stuff and compared it to the more patriotic stuff we brethren like to use?
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:13 PM   #2
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Couple ships I have been on have made charcoal out of them and their boats though.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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The day I need to buy Somali charcoal in order to have BBQ is the day I load up my grills and smokers and take them to the landfill.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:29 PM   #4
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I'll switch back to propane and propane accessories first.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:21 PM   #5
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I can live without it.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:23 PM   #6
somebody shut me the fark up.

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Nuke 'em.

Perhaps a bit harsh...
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:41 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by deguerre View Post
Nuke 'em.

Perhaps a bit harsh...
Are you advocating the use of a microwave oven to cook with?
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:48 PM   #8
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I don't see what the big attraction is for Somali charcoal. Acacia wood is very popular cooking fuel throughout Africa, especially southern Africa. They will make charcoal out of even a whisp of a acacia to the point of vast deforestation around the more populated areas. Scenes like this are very common.

I've had many a meal cooked over acacia wood or mopane and it does have a distinctive smell and it burns for quite a long time. I'm guessing that the closest wood we have here in the states would be mesquite.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:57 PM   #9
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:29 PM   #10
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Plenty of the good stuff right here. Dang, we're just getting self sufficient on energies, let's vow to stick together on this one... Please? I'd be happy to head up a fund raising community awareness group on this! Lol
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:33 PM   #11
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Pimento is popular in Jamacia.I'll stick with Ozark Oak and Pecan.Sweet dreams!
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:12 AM   #12
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Sounds like a marketing scheme to me.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:42 AM   #13
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it is also (illeagle) sick bird,,, to export or in port charcoal from Jamacia, customs have shut it down some years ago, some people sell it on line but in very small amounts, get allspice berries put them in foil and smash em and put em on hot coals as you cook,
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:39 AM   #14
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No interest. Made in USA.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:30 AM   #15
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I was in Somalia during the mid 80s and I did not see anything there worth burning. The dirt was even dead.
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