How to Make Copra, 3 Best Drying Technique

How to Make Copra, 3 Best Drying Technique

Copra is coconut meat that is processed by drying. Products that can be produced from copra, one of which is coconut oil. The copra that is ready to be processed is then extracted to produce oil. Then, how to make copra, as the basic ingredient for making coconut oil?

How to Make Copra?

how to make copra

The basic ingredient for making copra is coconut which is about 300 days old. The minimum weight required is 3-4 kg per fruit. Copra processed products can be used as coconut oil which has many benefits. How to make copra become quality oil?

Based on references, to make copra into a quality product, there are various techniques. Namely drying by exposure to sunlight, drying by smoking which is carried out over a fire, drying using indirect heat, and drying with a plastic hood.

Dried coconut, hereinafter referred to as copra can be processed into various quality preparations. Some examples of processed copra include coconut oil, mouthwash, cooking oil, nata de coco, coconut soy sauce, and many others.

Copra Drying Technique

copra drying technique

Quality copra is successful in drying as well as the perfect shape. How to make copra that has a perfect shape? You can take advantage of drying either in direct sunlight or in the oven. It will affect the shape of the coconut meat.

It is easy to pry the coconut flesh from the shell. But most will spoil the shape of the meat. For that, use solar energy to help the process of removing coconut meat.

Drying with the Help of Sunlight

The weather of each region is not the same, as well as to predict the weather. For that, drying with this technique must be patient, especially if it enters the rainy season. Instead of drying the coconuts, the rain comes suddenly and it will be difficult to shade a lot of coconuts.

The drying process when the weather is sunny only takes 2 days. After that, the coconut meat can be prayed. It takes a second stage of drying which takes 3-5 days to produce quality copra. If the weather is sunny, drying within 8 hours can reduce the water content in coconut up to 1/3 of the total water content.

Drying with the help of sunlight has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that it saves production costs. Because using natural ways by utilizing natural resources. It does not require tools or materials to dry coconut.

By arranging on a concrete floor or using bamboo shelves, the copra produced will be maximized. Although it takes a very long time to produce quality copra.

The disadvantages of this drying technique are related to the weather. In addition to the burden of lifting coconuts when it rains, the drawback is that the drying process will take longer. Not only that, if the copra is not dry but the weather is not good, the potential for mushrooms to grow will be greater.

copra from Indonesia

Drying Technique Using Artificial Heat

This drying technique uses the help of machine operation. So you need a machine to dry the coconuts. The drying process can be carried out indoors. This process is divided into 2 types. Drying by direct method and drying with heat indirectly.

Drying directly will come into contact with gases from the combustion process. The burning that occurs can also be called smoke-dried copra which has a characteristic odor from burning. And the skin color is brownish white. The fuel for drying coconut is dried shell.

The second type of artificial heat drying is indirect drying. Copra drying will not come into direct contact with the gases from the combustion process. The system is drying in a room with heating pipes. How to dry copra with this technique will require a very large capital. So it will affect the cost of production.

The artificial heat drying technique has an indirect advantage. Namely, the color of the resulting copra will be better. Oil from copra with this drying technique will have a quality aroma and taste. If copra is stored for a long period it will also not produce a rancid odor. Storage time in this case is approximately 8 months.

Dried copra will be packaged and then cooled, and ready to be marketed for all kinds of purposes. Mostly, copra is used as a raw material for making oil.

Drying Using a Plastic Hood

The technique of drying coconuts to become this type of copra is better than drying techniques with the help of sunlight. The tool used in this drying is a hood made of plastic. This drying produces quality copra juice, so it will also affect the quality of coconut oil.

How to make copra by drying technique using a plastic hood? You can prepare a room whose walls and roof are made of transparent plastic. Then the sun will shine on the copra which is arranged in a plastic room. Thus, the copra will get heat indirectly from the sun.

The light that enters through the plastic room will be reflected so that the heat will be retained. This causes the temperature in the room to rise. Another advantage of drying with this technique is that copra gets quality heat and is protected from rain.

You do not have to bother to secure the coconut if one day it rains. But the coconuts will still get heat from the sun if the weather is good, even when the sky is cloudy.

That’s an explanation of how to make copra, as the main ingredient in making coconut oil. All of the described techniques have their respective advantages and disadvantages. You need to choose one, to produce the desired copra, also according to your financial condition.

Coconut drying methods will always produce different quality copra. However, the desire to get quality copra must be adjusted to the capital owned, the availability of land, and also the required manpower. The choice of drying technique is also based on the timing of meeting customer needs.

Here are Benefits of Copra You Need to Know!

Here are Benefits of Copra You Need to Know!

One of the most popular and sought after coconut products in the global market is dried coconut or known as copra. As Indonesia’s mainstay export commodities, copra has thousands of benefits, both in terms of health and as a raw material for the products we use every day.

For example, we can find copra that has been processed in body care products such as shampoo, soap, and body lotion.

You may be wondering, are there any health benefits too? So, can we eat copra? Of course, we did!

But not directly, we can only consume dried coconut after it is processed and becomes an ingredient in dishes. We can find dishes with a mixture of processed copra in Asian specialties such as gulai, curry, or stews.

Now we know that humans can also consume copra. However, before adding it to our dishes, let’s first find out the nutritional content in dried coconut.

 

dried coconut

Nutritional Content in Dried Coconut or Copra

Copra provides mostly fat in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). More than 50% of the fat content in copra comes from MCTs.

But don’t worry, the good news is that although desiccated coconut is rich in fat content, MCTs are easier to digest because of these fat chains are shorter than the long-chain fatty acids found in many other foods 

Here are the nutrition facts for 1 cup (100gr) of dried coconut meat:

Calories : 650

Protein: 7.5 gr

Fiber : 18 gr

Fat: 65 gr

Carbs: 25 gr

Copper : 40% of the DV (Daily Value)

Manganese : 137% of the DV

Selenium : 26% of the DV

Iron : 18% of the DV

Magnesium : 23% of the DV

Phosphorus : 21% of the DV

Potassium : 16% of the DV

  • Selenium is a mineral which helps the body in producing enzymes that can improve the immune system and thyroid function. The recommended daily amount is 55 micrograms, and one ounce of dry coconut can provide 9.4% of this requirement.
  • Copper can increase energy, the metabolic processes, and help in formation of red blood cells and collagen. In addition, copper also has natural antioxidant properties. One ounce of desiccated coconut provides 25% of the daily value.
  • One ounce of copra provides 5 grams of fiber which is useful for maintaining blood pressure and heart function. The recommended amount for daily needs is men consume 38 grams, while women consume 25 grams.

 

5 Benefits of Copra You Need to Know!

  • Become a raw material in daily products

The existence of copra can be found easily in our everyday products. Especially for women, who doesn’t wear lipstick to complete your perfect look? Lipstick contains VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil) to hold the color, so it doesn’t melt.

In addition, because of the perfect content to moisturize, this dried coconut oil has also become raw material for making soaps, shampoos, and body lotions.

  • You can include dried coconut to your dishes

Another benefit of copra is that it can be an ingredient for cooking. There are so many ways to include desiccated coconut to your dishes.

To mix it, you can shave or grated it. Asian specialties such as curries, gulai, and stews usually use desiccated coconut that is shaved and processed into coconut cream to add a savory taste and thicken the dish.

You can also put in desiccated coconut into your cake, muffin, and bread dough to increase the sweetness and also it can help moisten the dough naturally.

  • Another benefits of copra is it can help your diet program

Dried coconut is an ideal source of healthy fat that does not contain cholesterol. And the MCTs in it can help you lose excess body fat.

MCT can reduce body weight by releasing two hormones that can increase satiety and help reduce appetite, namely peptide YY and leptin. Studies have found that people who consume two tablespoons of MCT oil as part of breakfast eat less at lunch.

Besides the MCT from coconut oil, another coconut product that can help your diet program is coconut flour. In the process of making cakes, coconut flour can replace wheat flour because this flour is gluten and nut free.

Because it is free from grains, coconut flour is also good for those who are on a paleo diet that does not allow you to consume products that contain grains such as wheat flour.

  • Prevent heart disease

Studies have found that people who frequently eat coconut meat have lower rates of heart disease than those who follow a Western diet. Moreover, another study conducted on 1,837 Filipino women found that coconut oil had a neutral effect on cholesterol levels.

Coconut meat contains polyphenols that can prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, so LDL is less likely to form plaque in the arteries that can increase heart disease.

Consuming virgin coconut oil can also reduce belly fat. This is very beneficial because excess belly fat can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

  • Controlling blood sugar levels

The advantages of coconut with low carbohydrate levels, high fiber and fat can help stabilize blood sugar in the body.

A study conducted on rats found that coconut has anti-diabetic effects, this is due to the arginine content. Arginine is an amino acid that is very important for improving the function of pancreatic cells. This content releases the hormone insulin which can regulate blood sugar levels.

The high fiber content in coconut meat also participates in slowing the digestive process and increasing insulin resistance which can also help control blood sugar levels.

 

How to Store Copra at Home

Because copra is coconut that has been dried and has less water content, so its shelf life is longer compared to fresh coconut. You can stored dry coconut in a plastic bag and refrigerated, it will last well for 6 months.

 

Dried Coconut Cake Recipe For Snacks at Home

This dry coconut cake is perfect to accompany your days while at home. Let’s see how to make it!

Ingredients:

  • 500 gr medium protein flour or coconut flour
  • 200 gr grated coconut, roasted
  • 250 g butter, melted
  • 250 gr powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 tbsp milk powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

How to make:

  1. Combine eggs, vanilla powder, powdered sugar and butter. Stir the four ingredients until it is soft and evenly mixed.
  2. Add flour or coconut flour, roasted grated coconut, milk and salt. Mix well.
  3. Preheat the oven. Prepare a baking sheet and lightly grease with margarine.
  4. Round and flatten the dough. You can use a fork if you want to give it texture.
  5. Place the dough that has been formed on the baking sheet and give a distance between one cake and another. Do this until the dough runs out.
  6. Bake the shaped dough for about 20 minutes, or see if it’s done. Turn off the oven and let it cool down. Then take it out of the oven
  7. If the cake is solid and cold, then the dry coconut cake is ready to be served. Store the desiccated coconut cake in a closed container or jar.
How to Use Cloves for Cooking? Recipes and Tips for You

How to Use Cloves for Cooking? Recipes and Tips for You

Do you usually use cloves for cooking? Cloves or in Latin Eugenia Caryophyllata is one of the oldest and most popular spices ever. It has a long history, regarding its contribution to culinary and pharmaceutical fields, cloves are widely used in international cuisine as well as medicine.

 

What are cloves?

Cloves are dried flowers that come from the tree family of Myrtaceae. It was named after the French word “clou” meaning “nail”. This spice, which is famous as a mixture of Indonesian kretek cigarettes, has a powerful aroma and resembles a tiny tack.

The oldest cloves were first discovered on the island of Maluku, Indonesia. And today it is still a prominent product of Indonesia. Not only in Indonesia, now you can easily find this spice in various parts of the world such as Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Zanzibar (Tanzania), and other hot tropical areas.

 

What do cloves taste like?

So, this spice with an intense aroma has a subtly sweet flavor and adds a lot of warmth to the dish. However, the sweetness is balanced by a slight note of bitterness and astringency.

Cloves are best paired with spices that have a sweet taste such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice.

 

What are cloves?

What food do you put cloves in and how to use it? (Indonesian Culinary Version)

Because of its strong aroma and being able to neutralize fishy odors, it is often used in dishes that contain seafood, offal, or goat.

Indonesian dishes that use cloves as spice are gulai, kebuli rice, stews, or curries. Some even add it to nasi uduk to enrich the taste.

How to add cloves to cooking can be done by using them whole or you crushed them first. Crushed cloves will emit a stronger aroma than if we use them as a whole.

Although cloves are tiny, the aroma is very strong so use it sparingly. Because if there is too much aroma in the dish, it will be very pungent. To cook 1 chicken, just use 2-5 cloves or 2-3 for 500 grams of meat.

 

The do’s and don’ts when using cloves for cooking.

 

  • Do use cloves thriftily.

As already mentioned above, cloves have an intense aroma, stronger than allspice. This means you have to be very careful with how much you use. Because if you use it too much, cloves can cover up other spices and make your cooking bitter.

If you use it in the right amount, then the taste of cloves can complement other spices that have a sweet and savory taste, and also it can make your dish more delicious.

  • Do remove the whole cloves.

It would be a bad idea to leave whole cloves in your cooking for some reason. The first relates to the spicy taste of cloves. Whole cloves have a sharp taste, so when you eat a whole clove your palate will be filled with the taste of cloves, leaving the tongue numb.

The next reason relates to the texture of cloves. Cloves have a nail-like texture that can cause you to choke as if you swallow a whole fishbone.

  • Do stud whole cloves with onions and add them to soup or braised dish.

By mixing cloves and onions, you don’t have to bother grinding and removing individual cloves one by one.

  • Don’t cook cloves for too long.

The result of cooking cloves for too long is the same as giving too many cloves to your dish. In other words, your food will be bitter and have a strong clove taste. This is because cloves will continue to secrete essential oils during the cooking process.

  • Don’t grind cloves by yourself.

Like other spices, the flavor of cloves will be more powerful and stay fresh if you buy them and grind them by yourself. However, it would be better that you buy them ground.

The reason has to do with the clove oil effect it has on plastic. Most spice grinders are made of plastic and clove oil can cause holes in the plastic, which can potentially damage it.

These holes can cause the clove flavor to stick to the plastic grinder, and as a result, the clove flavor can be passed on to other spices that you are going to grind.

 

Chicken Stew

3 Dishes ideas featuring cloves. (Indonesia Culinary Edition)

 

  • Goat Curry (Gulai Kambing)

This goat curry recipe is the Central Javanese version. This dish has a watery and abundant sauce but is still tasty because it is rich in spices. Not only meat, but the parts of the goat that are also cooked are offal and ribs. Goat curry is best eaten with a spicy taste.

The cloves will be combined with cinnamon, star anise, lemongrass, bay leaves, lime leaves, and galangal to remove the fishy smell from the goat and give the curry a sweet and spicy taste.

  • Chicken Stew

This nostalgic home cooking is usually an alternative dish when you are confused about how to process the chicken. In addition, a chicken stew is also often served at the time of Eid al-Fitr for Muslims in Indonesia. Cloves can be combined with other spices such as bay leaves, galangal, ginger, and ground nutmeg.

  • Kebuli Rice

Kebuli rice is usually cooked in mutton broth, goat’s milk, and butter. This food is very popular among the Arab community in Indonesia or the Betawi people in Jakarta. Cloves are cooked together with lemongrass, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and raisins.

 

What are the health benefits of cloves?

Although cloves have a tiny size, this spice contains a lot of nutrients that are good for the body. One teaspoon of cloves or 2 g contains 21 calories of energy, 1 gr of fiber, and 1 gr of carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, and a small amount of Vitamin E

One teaspoon of cloves can also meet 30% of manganese, 4% of Vitamin K, and 3% of Vitamin C of daily needs. Here are the health benefits of cloves:

  • Treat for stomach ulcers

Stomach ulcers are most often caused by thinning of gastric mucus caused by several factors such as stress and infection.

An animal study showed that clove essential oil can increase the production of gastric mucus which functions as a barrier to the effects of stomach acid, while preventing erosion of the stomach wall due to stomach acid.

  • Reduce tooth pain

Cloves contain anti-inflammatory components that can reduce swelling in the area of ​​​​the infected tooth. Besides killing bacteria in the mouth, cloves can also help relieve tooth pain. You need to know that this also can get rid of bad breath!

  • Handling phlegm cough

Another health benefit of cloves is that it can treat coughs with phlegm. The eugenol component in cloves is an expectorant, which can help expel phlegm in people with phlegm cough.

What is Copra? Get to Know Copra in Indonesia

What is Copra? Get to Know Copra in Indonesia

What is copra? Have you ever heard about copra? Copra is a dried section of coconut meat. Indonesia has an almost entirely tropical climate, related to that Indonesia becoming one of the biggest coconut producers in the world.

Most of the farmers who have owned the coconut farms process their coconut into copra.

Copra now has become one of Indonesia’s mainstay export commodities and valued for the coconut oil extracted by it. 

copra sun drying methods

What is Copra and How to Make It?

We need 300 days with 3 to 4 kilograms of coconut to make the ideal copra. How to obtain it is by removing the husk of the coconut, then breaking it into pieces, and letting the meat dry.

It goes through a drying process over the course of a few days for the coconut meat to become copra. There are 4 ways to make copra;

  1. The smoke drying method is a traditional way of coconut drying process using the smoke of combustion. The copra has a brown color that tends to pitch black and has a distinctive smoke aroma.
  2. The sun-drying method is coconut drying using the heat of the sun. We can split the coconut into two cups then spread the cups on any open surface. The white copra has produced by this method along with an indirect hot drying method.
  3. Indirect hot drying is a common drying method. Fresh coconut meat can be initially sun-dried and oven-dried later. An indirect heating system ensures only clean hot air makes contact with the coconut.
  4. The kiln drying method involves the drying of coconut in a chamber where air circulation, relative humidity, and temperature can be controlled. So, the moisture content can be reduced to a target point without any drying defects.

 

Coconut kernels and coconut oil

What are the Uses of Copra?

Copra is made use of as the raw material of coconut oil. Not only limited to that, it turns out that it is also utilized for various purposes. You can even find more products made by copra in your daily activities. Here are the uses of copra you need to know;

  • Virgin Coconut Oil

Girls must be familiar with moisturizer products. Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO is a key material for body lotion and other skin moisturizer products. You can also fabricate lipstick from it, the VCO can hold the lipstick color so it won’t melt.

In addition, VCO is very useful as a treatment for fungal infection or ringworm in your pet.

  • Crude Coconut Oil

Crude Coconut Oil (CCO) has become Indonesia’s mainstay commodity and known as one of the best in the world. CCO is widely availing of in many circumstances today. It is mostly processing into various derivative products such as cooking oil, margarine, and detergent. 

  • Body Care Products

We can find coconut oil is using in the manufacturing of many body care products since it has excellent moisturizing properties. Some of these products include shampoos, soaps, body scrubs, etc.

  • Biodiesel

The oil that is extracted in the process can also be used for biodiesel. Biodiesel is eco-friendly and renewable energy to replace fossil fuels. It has many benefits for the vehicle, such as increased energy security, improved air quality & the environment, and safety benefits.

  • Livestock Feed

Copra cake or meal is the leftover residue after extracting the oil. This coconut waste is a useful by-product that is mostly utilized as animal feeds.

The copra cake is derived as a valuable protein source for livestock from suitable sources and has been proven scientifically.

 

Indonesian Copra and Top Destination Exports

Copra comes from coconut palm which grows only in tropical regions of the world. Coconut palms are common in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Oceania.

Indonesia has the largest coconut palm growing areas and has become one of the world’s top producers of coconuts followed by the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil.

In 2018, the total coconut cultivation area in Indonesia is over 3,5 million hectares throughout 34 provinces. The coconut is mostly grown on Sulawesi Island and Maluku.

Copra is the most sought-after coconut product in the global market. The export was increasing and ranking third among the six primary export commodities which are rubber, palm oil, copra, tobacco, tea, and sugar.

The major producers in Indonesia are North Sulawesi includes Minahasa, Sangihe, Talaud, and Gorontalo.

You can also find its production in some areas in Indonesia including Banten, Priangan, Banyumas, Kulon Progo, Kediri and Mt. Meratus region of South Kalimantan.

Indonesia had exported raw copra with a value of 354 million USD (or 4,9 billion Rupiah) in 2018. In the meantime, its products had successfully been exported with a value of 368 million USD (or 5,1 billion Rupiah). 

According to The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC), the top destination countries of copra exports from Indonesia are Bangladesh ($14.7M), India ($9.69M), Philippines ($2.32M), Pakistan ($2.21M), and Chinese Taipei ($133k).

Between 2018 and 2019, the fastest-growing markets were South Korea ($46.2k), United Arab Emirates ($29.3k), and Malaysia ($12.6k).

 

Copra - dried coconut

Our Products

Nusagro is a first-hand supplier in Indonesia and the best place to buy copra. We produce Dried Coconut (semi-husk and full-husk of coconut), Edible and White Copra, and also other coconut products.

White copra is regular copra from hybrid coconut with water contents of about 5%. It has a maximum diameter of around 9cm, the color is white, and there are holes on the surface of the coconut.

It is usually apply as a key material of coconut oil and its derivative products.

Edible copra is the dried meat of coconut from hybrid coconut with water contents of about 5%.

It has a maximum diameter as the white one which is around 9 cm and the skin is smooth without holes on the surface. You can consume it as dry fruit.

Our products are fresh and fully matured, harvested directly by our farmers after 2.5 to 3 months. We are committed to producing high-quality and 100% fresh & natural copra.

If you have some questions, please don’t be hesitate to contact us. We are proud to serve you wholeheartedly.

 

What is Copra?

5 Easy Ways, How to Light Charcoal Grill at Home for Beginners

5 Easy Ways, How to Light Charcoal Grill at Home for Beginners

5 Easy Ways, How To Light Charcoal Grill At Home For Beginners – Grilling is one of the best ways to prepare your food. Having your own cooking roasted vegetable or even the seared flavor of steak is the most interesting part in preparing your own-cooked meals.

However, as beginners, you might get confused on how to light charcoal at home. At this point, all you need to have is a simply fire and the charcoal itself. Then find the appropriate method based on your preference to ignite the fire, light the coals and start your grilling.

Before starting to light the charcoal, here are some tips for you to do to make your grilling experience perfect.

how to light charcoal

 

1. Clean and maintain your grill

Keeping your grill clean and your grates well-oiled delivers the best tasting food and prevents it from sticking. It will also make your grill last longer and prevent grease fires. So, before you get started, clean your grill thoroughly. Remove any ash or grease left behind from the last time you grilled and wipe down the grate(s) with fresh cooking oil.

2. Set up in an open space

Before you start grilling, set up your barbecue in an open space away from fences or trees. Have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby, and keep kids and pets well away.

3. Buy good-quality charcoal

Try and buy good-quality sustainably produced charcoal – look for coconut charcoal or lump charcoal . This lights easily, burns better and won’t taint the flavor of the food, unlike charcoals containing accelerants.

So, here you can follow our five easy ways how to light charcoal grill at home for beginners based on methods you prefer.

How to Light a Charcoal Grill with Lighter Fluid

Lighter fluid

Lighting charcoal grill with lighter fluid is a faster and easier way than others. If you are intended to start your barbeque party but getting confused of how to light the charcoal, this method is very preferable to try for beginners.

Step 1: Arrange the coals

Arrange your charcoal into a pyramid shape. Make sure you have a large base, then stack the coals into smaller and smaller layers.

Step 2: Carefully pour lighter fluid evenly over coals

Pour a generous amount of lighter fluid onto the coal.

Step 3: Wait 30 seconds

Let it soak in for 3-5 minutes so that when you light the grill, the lighter fluid doesn’t burn off the coal immediately.

Step 4: Light the coals

Using a grill lighter or match with a long nose, evenly light the coals in several places. Do not add more lighter fluid once your coals are lit. You also can use a piece of paper to make it easier to burn.

Step 5: Top with grate when coals turn white

The coals will catch fire, then turn white once they are ready to be used. Spread them evenly, then top with your grate and start grilling.

How to Light a Charcoal Grill with a Chimney

Chimney

Lighting charcoal with a chimney is a simple solution to getting a stubborn charcoal fire going. You don’t have to use any lighter fluid. Just fill the chimney with coals, add your newspaper, and it does the rest.

Step 1: Add charcoal to the chimney

Fill your chimney with the amount of charcoal specified by your product. You want your charcoal to reach the top, but not overflow.

Step 2: Place starters under the chimney

You can use any items that catch the fire easily. Many people use newspaper or old paper. This will help you to lit the flame.

Step 3: Light the chimney

Light the starters on fire under the chimney. Keep an eye on the coals for the next 10 or so minutes.

Step 4: Pour coals onto the grill when you see flames

Pour the coals over the chimney thoroughly

Step 5: Top with grate when coals turn white

After a few more minutes, once the coals have turned white, spread them and cover with a grate and get to grilling.

How to Light a Charcoal Grill with a Match Light Charcoal

Lighter fluid coals

Another famous method to light charcoal is by using a match light charcoal. This charcoal contains just the right amount of lighter fluid and features which have more edges for faster lighting, so you can quickly light the grill with just a match.

Step 1: Choose the best match light charcoal

The best match light charcoal will give you the best result in grilling. There are some recommendation we offer you as beginners.

Step 2: Arrange the coals into a neat mound

Arrange the coals into a mound or pyramid shape. This will help increase coal-to-coal contact and help the fire spread — so you are ready to cook faster.

Step 3: Place starters under the coals

This will help you easily light the coals. You can use any easy-burned thing such as paper and stereo foam.

Step 4: Light the coals

Light it in 1-3 places the of coal and allow it to spread to another coal.

Step 5: Top with grate when coals turn white

You’re ready to start cooking once the coal is a white-gray color and glowing red at the center.

How to Start a Charcoal Grill with an Electric Starter

Charcoal Grill with an Electric Starter

Step 1: Arrange your coals

Spread your coals on the grill and arrange into a pyramid shape.

Step 2: Place the nose of the starter in the middle of your coals

Plug your electric fire-starter in, then place the nose directly in your coals. It will begin heating immediately.

Step 3: When you see sparks, pull the lighter slightly away

Once the sparks begin, pull the lighter a few inches away from the pyramid.

Step 4: Keep lighting until the fire starts

Keeping the fire-starter a few inches away from the stack, move it around and heat the coals until the fire starts. Remove the starter.

Step 5: Top with grate when coals turn white

Once the coals are entirely white, spread the coals and add the grate.

Whether you prefer a lighter fluid, chimney, match light charcoal or an electric starter, once you master a method, you’ll get your perfect grilling skill.

Coco Nara Coals

Coco Nara Coals

Coco Nara coals – Coco Nara hookah charcoals are made from compressed coconut shells and burn extremely cleanly. Each Coco Nara coal is the ideal size for tongs and maintains the ideal temperature for hookah tobacco smoking. Coco Nara coals ash more gracefully than most other coals and can last up to three times as long as quick-light hookah coals.

Coco Nara

Coco Nara’s are without a doubt one of the best natural hookah coals available, one of those coals that lasts longer and does not produce excessive ash. These coals have a reputation among hookah smokers for a reason, and we’ll explain why today.

Coco Nara Reviews 2021

To have a satisfying hookah experience and long-lasting sessions, use quality and natural coals. As a result, Coco Nara coals provide you with super clean hookah burning coals made from 100% natural compressed coconut shells.

These coals are known for their long life and can burn up to three times as much as other natural coals. They are designed to last 50 to 60 minutes and have no odor or foul odor, according to tests conducted by smokers.

They are eco-friendly, have a clean taste, and are the ideal temperature for smoking shisha. There are no additives, sulfur, or chemicals in this coal. Each Coco Nara cube is the perfect size for tongs and closely resembles the Roman natural lemonwood hookah coals.

Size and Shape

  • Each coal has a standard shape of 1″x1″x1/2″ and comes in two sizes: flat and cube.
  • The coal is dark in color, has smooth sides, rough top and bottom surfaces, and is quite rigid (not easy to break).
  • Odor: Before heating, coal does not emit any odor, and it does not emit any odor while heating.
  • When it is ready to use, you will notice a faint woody odor, but this will not affect the flavor of your tobacco.

Smoke

You will notice thick clouds and effectively melt the molasses and tobacco flavors while using the hookah, providing you with an elegant taste.

Many people reported receiving smoke at the first pull, as well as a dense cloud. Along with their high durability, these Coco Nara coals are known as “miracle bricks.”

Residue

When you finish using the hookah, you will notice that there is very little ash output left on the bowl, even less than 5%. During the smoking session, the majority of them burn out. They are also simple to clean.

Heating Process

Coconut Shell Charcoal

You must not burn the coal in any open flames while heating it. Prefer a single coiled charcoal electric heater that is specifically designed to heat natural coal. It provides consistent heat to fully cook the coals and prepare them for the hookah experience.

To begin, select 3 to 4 Coco Nara coals and place them on the heated coils of the heater. You are advised not to use any petroleum product for immediate heating, as this may result in an accident or ruin the flavor of your hookah.

Depending on your preferences and the size of the bowl, you can select the number of coals to be heated. The coals should be evenly distributed on the coil so that it has enough room to heat all sides.

Coco Nara Price Lists 2021

Here are some price lists of Coco Nara Coals in 2021:

  • Coco Nara Natural Hookah Coals (72 CUBE Pieces)

72 pieces of CUBE shaped Coco Nara hookah coals

Price: $12.99

  • Coco Nara Natural Hookah Coals (20 FLAT Pieces)

20 blocks of great natural coconut hookah coal!

Price: $3.25

  • Coco Nara Natural Hookah Coals (60 FLAT Pieces)

60 blocks of great natural coconut coal!

Price: $7.99

  • Coco Nara Natural Hookah Coals (120 FLAT Pieces)

120 blocks of great natural coconut hookah coal!

Price: $12.99

  • Coco Nara Quick Light Coal Roll (10 Pieces)

A 10 counts roll of Coco Nara quick light hookah charcoals

Price: $1.75

  • Coco Nara Quick Light Coal Box (100 Pieces)

A 100 count of Coco Nara quick light hookah charcoals

Price: $12.99

  • Super Pack (3 x 60-piece boxes of FLAT Coco Nara Hookah Coals)

3 X Coco Nara Hookah Coals (60 pieces boxes)

List Price: $20.97

Price: $18.87

How to Choose a Good Coco Nara Coals

Here is the quick guide to what to look for when purchasing these coals:

  • The box of genuine Coco Nara coal is made of high-quality material with a glossy finish, and the prints are of high quality, so if the box you have lacks these features, it is most likely a forgery.
  • Original Coco Naras should have a stamp on both the inside and outside of the box. Be cautious because the outside stamp is easy to forge.
  • Genuine Coco Naras will always bear a stamp indicating the country of origin and serial number.
  • Each box of these coals includes instructions on how to use them.

Best Way to Light Coco Nara

Lighting these coals is best done with a single coil burner or an electric stove with an exposed heating coil.

  • Directly place the coals on the burner, either close together or touching.
  • Increase the heat to its highest setting.
  • Allow them to heat for about 4-5 minutes on one side (Heating times may vary)
  • Turn the coals over.
  • Allow them to heat for another 1-2 minutes on the other side (Heating times may vary)
  • When they’re red-hot and glowing, they’re ready to go on the hookah.

So, those are coco Nara coals review and price lists in 2021. You can use this kind of coals for the best experience of hookah. Besides, by using this coals, you can also get the new taste of coals.

10 Best Hookah Coals in 2021

10 Best Hookah Coals in 2021

Best hookah coals – Hookah charcoal’s primary function is to provide the heat required to cook your shisha tobacco and produce smoke. Once the charcoals are lit, they are placed on top of the foil on your hookah bowl or in your heat management device, and the heat they produce cooks the shisha tobacco, producing those sweet, sweet clouds.

There are numerous brands, shapes, and styles of hookah charcoals available on the market these days, and with so many options, it can be difficult to decide which one will work best for you.

10 Best Hookah Coals in 2021

There are at least 10 best hookah coals in 2021 that is recommended for you. It depends on the price, quality, and the taste. You can choose which is the best for you before determining to purchase it. Here are the list and review of hookah coals:

Nusagro

The first recommendation is Nusagro. Nusagro is the supplier of hookah coals from Indonesia. It sells the natural hookah coals to the customers. By having the best quality control and the custom-made charcoal, most people use the hookah coals from Nusagro. The hookah can be bought by online.

Premium Coconut Charcoal Coal 320° (26mm Cube) 1 kg – 64 Pcs

The next brand is from 320° Premium Coconut Charcoal. It has some specifications below:

  • The best coconut coal on the market, with an ash content of less than 2.5 percent.
  • Indonesian-made premium shisha hookah coconut natural charcoal.
  • A 1kg pack contains 64 cubes. 26 x 26 x 26 mm cube size
  • Burn time of up to 100 minutes

EVELYN LIVING Pack of 100 Quick Light Charcoal Shisha Coal Disc Roll for Hookah Sheesha Pipe Long Burning Instant Burner

This product has some specifications below:

  • Our charcoal disks have a consistent and smooth flame. They light up quickly and easily. A single quick light charcoal briquette can burn for an extended period of time.
  • Quick lighting charcoal: Using a match or lighter, quick lighting charcoal can be lit quickly and easily. light the tablet’s edge, which will cast light across its surface
  • The 100-pack of charcoals is made up of ten packs of ten capsules each. They are ideal for shisha and incense burning, allowing you to unwind and enjoy the experience fully.
  • These charcoal disks are great for shisha and incense burning. The resin incense coal lighters can also be used for aromatherapy, spa, and Turkish treatments. They are long-lasting.

Q4U Panorama 100% Coconut Charcoal Cubes 60 Cubes Hookah Charcoal – Coconut Coal

The next brand of hookah charcoal is Q4U Panorama. There are several things that need to be considered when using this product:

  • It burns longer than any other type of charcoal.
  • It is dangerous to light charcoal with any petrol derivative, and it can alter the smell of the charcoal.
  • Dimensions of the charcoal: Dimensions: 25mm x 25mm x 25mm
  • When the charcoal is lit, do not hold it in your hand! Do not handle the charcoal after it has been lit, as this will result in a burn. Do not put the ash remains in a waste paper bin, as this could start a fire. To avoid injury, please hold the charcoal with tongs; do not hold the disc in your hand when lighting or burning.

320° Premium Coconut Charcoal Coal (25mm Cubes) for Shisha Hookah & BBQ 1 kg – 72 Pieces

When you want to buy this product, you have to highlight several things, such as:

  • Premium shisha hookah coconut natural charcoal produced in Indonesia.
  • The best coconut coal on the market – less than 2.5 percent ash content
  • A 1kg pack contains 72 cubes. 25 x 25 x 25 mm cube size
  • Burn time of up to 100 minutes

Q4U Coconut Charcoal Coal Premium Coconut Charcoal Coal (25mm Cubes) for Shisha Hookah & BBQ 2 kg – 144 Pieces

There are several things that need to be highlighted from this product below:

  • Enjoy a longer-lasting barbecue or an amazing taste from your shisha pipe, and you will undoubtedly appreciate the superior quality of this product. There is no unpleasant odor caused by charcoal.
  • It is dangerous to light charcoal with any petrol derivative, and it can alter the smell of the charcoal.
  • Natural coconut shell coal cubes come in packs of 2kg with approximately 144 cubes that burn longer than other shisha coals.
  • Premium shisha hookah and natural coconut charcoal for BBQ.

Haze Premium Natural Coconut Charcoal for Shisha Hookah & BBQ Coal (26mm Cubes) Genuine Long-Lasting Cubes 64 Pcs/ 1KG

If you want to buy this product, you have to consider of the following things:

  • Natural and chemical-free: the coal does not emit an unpleasant odor in enclosed spaces.
  • Park-free: 100% natural, spark-free, and odorless coconut charcoal cubes. Because natural charcoal contains no quick ignition substances, it cannot be lit with a standard cigarette lighter. For the quickest results under 5 minutes, we recommend using a coil burner.
  • Coconut premium charcoal for shisha hookah charcoal flavor is made of pure and coconut it is a vapor-activated material, so it does not contain chemical agents that can contaminate or react with the medium where it is used. Coconut shells are an excellent source of activated charcoal.
  • Best smokeless coconut shisha coal: the best smokeless coconut shisha coal on the market, with less than 2% ash content. The coconut charcoal in this hookah shisha set allows you to enjoy the shisha flavor.

coconut charcoal for shisa

So, there are the lists of best hookah coals in 2021. You can use those list and reviews before buying the hookah coal products.

Which Charcoal is Best for Hookah?

Which Charcoal is Best for Hookah?

Which charcoal is best for hookah – If you want to have a great hookah experience, two things are crucial: the tobacco and the coal. Choosing the right coal, on the other hand, is not as simple as it appears.

coconut charcoal for shisa

Hookah Coals are an important aspect of hookah smoking that is frequently overlooked. They only serve to heat up the shisha. Most people usually use lemonwood trees to make many natural hookah charcoals. (Coconut coals are becoming increasingly popular; however, more on that later!)

Because wood hookah coal takes several minutes to heat, it is ideal for smoking hookah for extended periods of time. Wood hookah charcoal allows you to smoke your herbal shisha or tobacco in a more natural way.

What is Hookah Charcoal Used for?

Hookah charcoal’s primary function is to provide the heat required to cook your shisha tobacco and produce smoke. Once the charcoals are lit, they are placed on top of the foil on your hookah bowl or in your heat management device, and the heat they produce cooks the shisha tobacco, producing those sweet, sweet clouds.

Types of Hookah Charcoals

Hookah smokers will typically use either natural coal, silver hookah charcoal, or a quick-lighting coal. Not sure what the distinction is? We’ll walk you through the process. Each category has advantages and disadvantages, strengths and weaknesses, but only one type can be “the best.”

  1. Natural Hookah Charcoal

 

So, what exactly do we mean when we say “natural hookah coals?” Natural coconut hookah charcoal has become increasingly popular in the last decade. It doesn’t taste like coconut at all! The product is made from coconut shells that have been left over from coconut farms.

The shells are converted into charcoal before being compressed into briquettes. Because they last longer and emit a clean heat that does not interfere with the shisha flavors, these coals have become the standard for many hookah enthusiasts.

These coals are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, including flat squares, cubes, large cubes, and recently new circular shapes and wedges to accommodate HMD’s. Here are the pros and cons:

  • Pros: include the best flavor, the longest shelf life, and a lower overall cost.
  • Cons: Requires a separate heating source and takes longer to prepare.

A consistent source of heat is required to properly light natural charcoal. When it comes to burners, you have a few options. The standard Single Coil Burner, the Fumari Coal Heater, and a few other options are available.

If you own a lounge, we recommend keeping a few on hand because they do wear out over time. If you own a smoke shop that sells natural charcoal, it is also a good idea to sell these burners to customers who may not already have this type of heating element at home.

  1. Quick Light Hookah Charcoal

Quick lighting charcoals, also known as fast lighting charcoals or instant lighting charcoals, are hookah charcoals that come in a foil-wrapped roll of ten discs. These discs contain a chemical accelerant that allows hookah smokers to light the charcoal tablets with a standard lighter.

They will sparkle and begin to burn quickly, and they will be ready to smoke in less than a minute. Quick light coals are typically sold in 33mm (small) and 40mm (large) sizes, which allow users to customize the heat level and longevity, but quick lite coals are available in a few other sizes.

As the name implies, these coals are quick and convenient, but they have some limitations in terms of burn time and varying degrees of flavor interference that vary from brand to brand. However, this type of charcoal also has some pros and cons. Those are:

  • Pros: It is simple and quick to light, and it can be used almost anywhere.
  • Cons: Shorter burn period (requires more coal changes), residual coal flavor intervention.

Quick-light charcoals are generally made of compressed coal dust and contain a quick-lighting chemical (typically sulfur) to facilitate easy lighting. These are easily ignited with a plastic lighter. While less popular among the general public, there are die-hard hookah smokers who swear by these coals.

  1. Silver Hookah Charcoal

Silver style coals are a subcategory of quick lighting charcoals that are a cross between quick light and natural style coals. These coals typically have a square tab shape and are coated in a silver-colored film that acts as a chemical accelerant, allowing them to be lit with a standard cigarette lighter.

Because these coals fall somewhere between quick lighting and natural style coals, they produce a medium heat level and have a much lower odor and taste when compared to standard quick light coals.

When lit, these coals will not produce the same sparking effect as standard quick light coals, but the silver coating will shrivel up and burn off as the charcoal heats up. Before adding these to your hookah bowl, make sure all of the silver coating has burned off!

The Best Charcoal Brand for Hookah

After comparing three types of charcoal, you can choose the type which fits to you. The best brand of hookah charcoal is Nusagro. Nusagro has three kinds of coconut shell charcoal briquette for shisha.

The reason why Nusagro is the best brand of hookah charcoal is because it has 100% natural charcoal, best quality control, and also best custom-made charcoal. The coconut charcoal briquettes are made from 100 percent natural, organically grown coconut shells, with no wood or artificial chemicals added.

Nusagro buys raw coconut shells in bulk (up to 520 tons per month) from the Indonesian islands of Sulawesi, Halmahera, and Java. On the other side, accountable and committed to providing the highest quality hookah briquettes.

During each production batch, 5 independent lab tests are performed. From coconut shell selection, cleaning, carbonization, to final briquette, drying, and packaging, we strictly control every stage.

So, when you are questioning about which charcoal is best for hookah? The answer is charcoal from Nusgaro. You can buy hookah charcoal from Nusagro by online because it serves customers from other countries also. With the best quality of charcoal, you will get the best experience of hookah.

How to Make Charcoal

How to Make Charcoal

How to make charcoal – Homemade charcoal briquettes are inexpensive, simple to make, and good for the environment. This is due to the fact that it is a gray-black light porous substance made primarily of carbon, along with some volatile chemicals and ash.

Making charcoal 1

Aside from its primary use as a cooking fuel, it was also used to make gunpowder and to power steam engine trains. Although there are many indoor and outdoor gas-powered grilling stoves available, the majority of people will concede that charcoal briquettes aid in the preparation of better-tasting meats.

According to those facts, this article will describe how to make charcoal step by step guide at home. It aims to explain the way of making it in easy ways.

What are Charcoal Briquettes

Before recognizing the way to make charcoal, we should know what is charcoal briquette first. They are uniform charcoal chunks used in barbecue grills. Char (traditional charcoal) and coal, such as sub-bituminous lignite or anthracite, are the primary components of these briquettes.

Traditional charcoal is best made from various types of wood scraps such as beech, birch, hard maple, hickory, and oak. A binding agent, such as corn, milo, or wheat starch, an accelerant (such as nitrate), and an ash-whitening agent (such as lime), are also required. Briquettes are extremely flammable, easily catching and maintaining fire. That is why they are preferred at barbecues.

What You’ll Need to Make Charcoal

Before we begin, you must gather all of the necessary tools and items for the process.

  • A large quantity of hardwood cut into pieces (softwood burns for less time which makes it more difficult to make it, especially when done on a small scale, amateur basis).
  • A lidded metal barrels.
  • Kindling – small twigs or paper to start your fire.
  • Heat and fire protection – bring gloves, a metal poker, and a bucket of water (just in case).

Steps to Make Charcoal at Home

Making your own charcoal is a simple process that can be time-consuming and dirty. If you want to try your hand at making your own lump charcoal for grilling, here’s how:

Getting started

  1. Begin your fire in the bottom of your barrel with kindling and small pieces of wood. Before you begin adding your hardwood, get your fire up and running. Make sure you have a strong flame and plenty of heat.
  2. Once your fire is going, add a few layers of hardwood at a time. This will hasten the process because the fire will spread more quickly from one layer to the next.
  3. Finish adding the hardwood to the top of your barrel and let the flames burn through all of the layers. Before proceeding, wait until you notice the wood beginning to blacken.

Making charcoal

  1. When you notice that all of your hardwood is starting to burn and blacken, it’s time to close the barrel with a metal lid to limit the oxygen supply.
  2. Allow the wood to smolder in the barrel for 24 hours, or longer if necessary.
  3. Remove the lid and make sure your wood is no longer smoldering. If it isn’t quite done, re-cover and leave it for a few hours longer.
  4. Before removing the wood from the barrel, double-check that it has finished burning and is completely out. If you don’t need to use your barrel for another load, you can store it in there with the lid on to keep moisture out.

Your homemade, additive-free charcoal is now ready to use on the grill!

How Long does Charcoal Last?

It all depends on the grill, the airflow, and the overall fire management. In general, these kinds of briquettes have a burn time of eight to ten hours, while smaller lump charcoal has a burn time of four to six hours.

If you’re wondering if it has an expiration date, the answer is no. It can be stored indefinitely. However, be aware that any additives or chemicals added to your charcoal may wear off over time, making it more difficult to light.

Why is there so much dust left over after a charcoal fire?

It decomposes as it burns. Because of its brittle nature and the complete removal of water from the wood during its creation, you will be left with a lot of black dust after burning your charcoal. If you have a lot of charcoal dust in your grill, make sure it isn’t obstructing the airflow between your lumps.

Leftover charcoal dust can be useful. We could make homemade charcoal briquettes out of it. In the case of all-natural charcoal, we could also sprinkle the dust on the soil in our garden to aid in the growth of our plants.

Can We Use Charcoal that has goes Wet?

If we bought low-quality charcoal, it will most likely crumble and reduce to a powder after drying. Higher grade charcoal, on the other hand, can usually be used after being wet and thoroughly dried out. Keep in mind that once our charcoal has gotten wet, it may not burn as well as it used to.

As a result, we may want to combine it with a new bag or save it for long, slow, and low grilling. So, while we can use wet charcoal, it’s best to have a fresh bag on hand for high-temperature, high-flame grilling.

Is Charcoal Bad for Environment?

When it comes to carbon emissions, charcoal grilling has a carbon footprint that is roughly three times that of LPG grilling. While this is not at all environmentally friendly, most forms of cooking are in some way harmful to the environment.

The advantage of charcoal is that it is made from a renewable energy source, trees, as opposed to a non-renewable source, such as gas. In theory, if we purchase responsibly sourced charcoal that contributes to a replanting program, the new trees will absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

In sum, the question of how to make charcoal at home can be answered. We can make it at home by following some steps in this article. There are things to remember before getting started to make charcoal, one of them is to prepare the tools. By doing so, we can have homemade charcoal for any purpose.

How to Make Charcoal Briquettes

How to Make Charcoal Briquettes

How to make charcoal briquettes – Charcoal briquettes are a type of fuel that is made from charcoal powder. In comparison to traditional fuels, charcoal briquettes not only produce continuous heat but also produce no smoke or odor during combustion.

As a result, it has become the most popular fuel in many countries, including Kenya, the Middle East, and Uganda, India, etc. and has been widely used in domestic and industrial applications in recent years.

The charcoal briquettes process has become one of the hottest processing industries due to the increase in its economic benefits. So, what are the ingredients of charcoal briquettes, and how to make charcoal briquettes?

Composition of Charcoal Briquettes

There are two parts in making charcoal briquette: the charcoal that provides heat and the minor ingredients. Charcoal is the result of incomplete combustion of wood or wood raw materials, or pyrolysis in the absence of oxygen.

Because carbon is its primary component, we can use it as a fuel. Accelerants, white ash, and briquette binder are among the minor ingredients.

  1. Component 1: Charcoal

Charcoal accounts for more than 70% of all charcoal briquettes. People can make charcoal from a variety of woods, including beech, birch, hard maple, pecan, and oak, as the combustion material that provides heat.

The kiln is primarily responsible for the charcoal’s processing. The charcoal produced and extinguished in the kiln is commonly referred to as black wood charcoal. It has the advantage of being easy to ignite, but because it burns quickly and produces a lot of smoke, it is prone to exploding.

After being carbonized, removed from the kiln, and quenched with wet sand, white wood charcoal can be oxidized and generate white ash. It has a harder texture than black wood charcoal.

  1. Component 2: Accelerants

Because the charcoal briquette cannot make complete contact with oxygen during the combustion process, it will require the accelerator to speed up the combustion. The best accelerator is nitrate, which not only provides oxygen to accelerate combustion but also generates heat during combustion.

However, it is prohibitively expensive. To effectively increase the burning speed, we can add 10%-20% sawdust as an excellent low-cost accelerator.

  1. Component 3: White ash

White ash, as one of the minor ingredients, accounts for only 2% to 3% of the charcoal briquette. It does, however, play an important role in the burning of charcoal briquettes.

We can determine the burning degree of the charcoal briquette by observing the degree of turning white. Furthermore, because white ash is non-combustible, it can effectively lengthen the burning time.

  1. Component 4: Briquette binder

Because of the lack of plasticity, a binder must be added during the charcoal briquette manufacturing process. The proportion of binder in charcoal briquettes is between 5% and 7%.

Numerous facts show that starch performs best as a binding material. After gelatinization, a thick paste can be formed, allowing the charcoal powder to stick together for later briquette formation.

Arabic gum or acacia gum is another popular briquette binder. However, when it comes to cost, waste paper pulp is the best option. The final material produced will differ depending on the composition ratios used. The following are a few recipes for making charcoal briquettes:

Plan A

  • 10 kg charcoal dust/fine powder
  • 0,3 kg tapioca starch

Plan B

  • 10 kg charcoal dust/fine powder
  • 5 kg sawdust
  • 1 kg tapioca starch
  • 0,5 kg limestone

Plan C

  • 10 kg charcoal dust/fine powder
  • 5 kg sawdust
  • 0,5 kg tapioca starch
  • 0,5 kg limestone

Plan D

  • 10 kg charcoal dust/fine powder
  • 5 kg sawdust
  • 1 kg mashed pulp

Advantages of Charcoal Briquettes

  • High combustibility (more than 80 percent of biomass mass)
  • Longer burn time, as well as a more uniform and stable combustion process
  • Smokeless and flavorless
  • lighter (only one-fifth to one-third of the original weight)
  • less expensive than lumpy charcoal
  • It is simple to handle, pack, transport, and use.

Process of Making Charcoal Briquettes

People are generally interested in how to make charcoal briquettes. The production of charcoal briquettes is divided into five steps:

Step 1: Carbonization

To begin, heat the raw materials in a rotary kiln. During the one-week combustion process, the temperature must be kept between 840- and 950-degrees Fahrenheit (450 and 510 degrees Celsius).

Close the air inlet after the combustion is finished, and the exhaust hole after one to two hours of exhaust. After a two-week cooling period, remove the carbonized wood from the kiln and crush it.

Step 2: Crushing

Crush the carbonized wood with a hammer crusher or a roller crusher. Although different types of wood, such as bark, dry wood chips, wet wood, and so on, should be crushed to different sizes, they can generally be crushed into charcoal pieces of 5mm or less to make high-quality charcoal briquettes.

Step 3: Drying

After that, it requires a drying process. If the water content exceeds the empirical upper limit, the temperature will rise and the volume will suddenly expand, potentially resulting in an explosion.

Molding will be difficult if the moisture content is too low. Using a dryer, reduce the moisture content to the required level for briquette formation by about half (to about 15 percent).

Step 4: Briquetting

Briquetting is an important step in the charcoal manufacturing process. After entering the ball press, the raw materials will be subjected to three types of forces: the main driving force of the briquette machine, the friction force, and the centripetal force of the wall.

The charcoal briquettes can maintain their shape when they fall from the bottom of the machine due to moisture, adhesives, temperature (approximately 105 °F or 40 °C), and pressure of the briquetting machine’s rollers.

Step 5: Drying

Feed the charcoal briquettes into the dryer for three to four hours to heat them to 275°F (135°C) and reduce the moisture content to about 5%.

After manufacturing, immediately bag the charcoal briquettes or store them in silos. Following the preceding steps, charcoal briquettes will be produced at a rate of 2200-20,000 pounds (1-9 metric tons) per hour.

Benefits of Using Charcoal Briquettes during the Manufacturing Process

Compared with other fuel, the biggest advantage of charcoal briquette is that it has no environmental pollution during the whole processing.

  • No waste material: Because no chemicals are used in the entire charcoal briquette production process, the required minor ingredients can be replaced with sawdust, waste paper pulp, and so on. Not only is there no waste slag, but some waste can also be recycled and reused to generate benefits.
  • No waste liquid: Because no water or liquid is added or drained during the process, there is no pollution to the water source.
  • No waste gas: The gas produced during the charcoal briquette processing is only water vapor and some combustible gas, causing no air pollution. It is worth noting that this portion of the combustible gas can be recycled and used as fuel, potentially lowering costs.

According to the information provided above, processing charcoal briquettes is not difficult. However, we must pay close attention to many details, such as component ratio and moisture, as these will all have a direct impact on the final quality.

Users must comprehend and confirm each step and detail of the charcoal briquettes processing process before proceeding. Then, select a reputable supplier for the purchase of the processing equipment, such as a crusher, dryer, briquette machine, and so on. One of the briquette supplier is Nusagro.

 

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