Heat Beads / Firelighters: What are they made of?

April 11, 2017

Who doesn’t love to BBQ? While most people use it as an excuse to get the family together, others a very serious BBQ chefs that take great care to choose the best charcoal to use that will help them to achieve the best tasting food one can grill. One of the most popular choices of fuel for barbecuing are Heat Beads BBQ Briquettes. These deliver dependable, consistent heat with minimal smoke that does not alter or negatively affect the food you are grilling.

Although seasoned grillers choose to use charcoal Heat Beads over other types of fuel, many are curious as to what “exactly” these are made out of that makes them so great for barbecuing? That’s a good question.

How Heat Beads / Firelighters are Made

There are many types of charcoals, but depending on the quality and type used, it can be a real challenge to adjust and maintain the right temperature you need, as flare-ups and maintaining the right amount of airflow can be tricky at best. The reason for this is how charcoal is made and the ingredients that are used, which varies from brand to brand. As an example, lump coal uses pieces of wood to make charcoal, but these often flare-up while grilling because they can contain dirt and sap, and, the heat these produce is not consistent.

To avoid flare-ups and to deliver consistent heat for barbecuing, Heat Beads BBQ Briquettes are the next step in the charcoal process. These are made by crushing and grinding quality hardwood charcoal into powder, then a special binder and clean burning mineral carbon mix is added. It is then pressed into the perfect briquette shape so that it burns evenly and consistently.

The added high-quality mineral carbon is the reason Heat Beads burn a long time and do not produce a lot of smoke as most charcoal does, and an added oxidising agent makes them much easier to light than other brands of briquettes. BBQ Head Beads briquettes are non-toxic, odourless, safe, and makes food taste better; it is the ideal fuel source for both beginner and expert grilling chefs.

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