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Has anyone had experience using KINGSFORD PROFESSIONAL BRIQUETS with a Vision Kamodo?


I have a love/hate relationship with the lump charcoal we use for grilling and smoking in our Kamado grills (mine is a Vision Pro S). Most of my lump charcoal bags contain about 10% chips/dust and another 30%+ small pieces. These mostly fall through the grate/kick ash basket, don’t light and have to be cleaned up with the ash. So most of the lump works as it should, but there is a lot of waste and extra cleanup.


If Kingsford Pro Briquets really work well in a ceramic grill/smoker I would certainly be interested in using them vs. the lump. It seems that one would get more useable charcoal and possibly less useless cleanup.


Kingsford’s claim is that their pro briquets are “Made in the USA with 100% natural ingredients and premium wood char to ensure professional-quality results. They provide a hotter burn that’s perfect for searing flavor into any of your favorite meats. They also feature Kingsford’s lowest ash formula, making them great for ceramic grills and smokers.”


Evidence that this charcoal works as advertised is seen on the Kingsford web page. There are 479 reviews, 420 of which are 5 star. Naturally most do not involve Kamado type grills, but there is confirmation that the product works well.


So, does anyone use these briquets; and if so, how would you rate them?

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Welcome GATom.  :welcome:  I've used Kingsford Professional and Kingsford blue bag in all 3 of my kamados and the briquettes work fine.   They do produce considerably more ash than lump, so frequent cleanup is a must. 

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I bought a two pack from Costco to test in my Pit Boss (also an Auplex grill like Vision).  The short answer is it sucked.  It creates way more ash and the smoke flavor from low and slow smoldering was not good. 


Your problem with lump is with the brand and supplier.  Decent lump only has a little bit of dust and minimal chips. The chips burn fine in a Kamado fwiw. 

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Thanks to both of you.


It seems as if most of my cleanup is small pieces of charcoal; with not that much ash. That being one of the reasons for my question. 


I'm usually using Cowboy Lump and have used Royal Oak. Cowboy burns great, keeps on truckin throughout the burn; and not much ash. However there are too many small pieces of charcoal falling through my kick ash basket into the ash drawer below. And, when I get towards the bottom of the bag there seems to be nothing but small pieces and plenty of dust.


I guess that I will try the Kingsford professional and hope that it is better than m-fine's experience.

 I'll report my experience.



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I cooked last weekend using Kingsford Professional Briquets in my Vision Pro S Kamado grill. They are touted as “great for ceramic grills” hot burning and low ash.

The first thing I noticed was how much smoke they made as they were lighting up. I use Light-A-Fire fire starters and  Never had that much smoking with any lump charcoal.

After about 30 minutes the fire was as I wanted.However I never noticed any “hot burning”.  My judgment was that the fire was about equally as hot as when I grill/smoke with lump (Royal Oak -Cowboy). Certainly no hotter.

As to the low ash formula, that too is in Kingsford’d imagination. The ash is not excessive, and I could easily live with the amount produced. However, it produces much more ash than lump.

I’m attaching two photos. One is Royal Oak Lump, and the other Kingsford Pro. Both are after one cook. The RO has very low ash, but has many small pieces of Charcoal that fell into my ash drawer. The Kingsford is nearly free of any charcoal pieces, but the ash pretty well equals the amount of ash and charcoal pieces in the RO. So, I can rid my ash drawer of charcoal pieces but they are replaced by ash.

Outside the smoking, the Kingsford Briquets performed well in keeping a consistent temperature and a very satisfactory overall experience.

BUT.. there is always a but. The Kingsford Pro Briquets are very, very expensive to order on line; and I cannot find any place where that are sold locally. Not Home Depot or Lowes. Kingsford emailed that they are sold at CVS and Target. Not.

So even if I liked them I can’t find them anywhere that is even close to affordable.



I’ll be buying lump; per the ckreef epic post above.

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  • 8 months later...

I keep two (2) different bags of Kingsford briquettes (i.e. Original from WalMart & Professional from Costco) and bags of lump mesquite charcoal (i.e. Best of the West, 100% Mesquite from eBay).

1.  I like to use the Lump Mesquite Charcoal for grilling steak, fish, & vegetables at extremely high temperatures.  I light lump coal with a chimney starter until the smoke decreases and the sparks are minimal then pour into grill.  I use Woven Wire Mesh Sheets, 15cm and 30cm square. Fine Screen - Heavy Duty Coarse that I cut down to fit my BBQ and Chimney to catch the small pieces of lump charcoal to reduce loss/waste.

2.  If I'm BBQ brisket (approximately 12 hours) or pork butt (approximately 8 hours), I take my chimney starter and put a layer of original briquettes, then lump charcoal and top off with Pro briquettes.  Reason being is that the original briquettes light easier/faster and last longer during the initial lighting period and help ignite the lump charcoal while managing the Pro briquettes (which burn/expire faster than original briquettes).  Then I put a layer of Pro briquettes at the bottom of the BBQ and pour chimney hot coals on top.  I then throw seasoned pieces of wood on the coals for clean smoke flavor (i.e. Hickory for pork, mesquite for brisket and apple for chicken).

In terms of smoke, both lump charcoal and professional briquettes smoke a lot compared to original briquettes.

In terms of ash, I would say that original briquettes leave the most, then lump charcoal and then the professional briquettes.

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Doesnt anyone remember when Kingsford was very fat and rounded like a true pillow charcoal?   I remember that the coals would last an hour after grilling, meaning, they took forever to burn out --- you could do 2 or 3 passes of bbqing at a full grill of kingsford when hot.... (ok. If not 3 -- definitely 2, but actually probably 3...)


Big, fat, convex, square pillow shaped charcoal ---  anyone have a picture?

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That's all real groovy guys , but Kamados are designed to use lump .  Just buy  good lump and leave the crap behind. There's no cheaping out . Want cheap ? Then your food will most likely suffer. I personally spend up to 40 bucks a bag  for Louisiana Grills lump or  for a little cheaper but good lump I buy Vermont castings .  I've used a lot  of different brands. Just don't buy it for the name  like BIG Block . If the lump is too big you will have to break it down (you  don't need half a tree in your firebox) LOL   Herman 

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