Review: Riverina Redgum BBQ Charcoal

I received a bag of charcoal from Riverina charcoal and after a few weeks I finally found some to to review. (I had to make time for the photographing and ensuring my KK was nice and low on charcoal so I could easily swap to Riverina only.

It comes in a paper bag (a difference from the usual plastic ones) which I guess is a bit more environmentally friendly…
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This is what it looks like from the back:
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It came in a 4kg bag and looks kinda small next to my Komodo Kamado (having said that it lasted a few cooks; more on this later).
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I loaded a layer of charcoal into my Komodo Kamado.
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And added about as much again with a Heatbeads starter.
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This is what it looked like after a 90 minute chook cook (my average cook time). Now some of you may notice some unburned wood chips around the edge, the reason they are scattered along the sides is because I chucked them in after a few minutes (when I went oops no smoking chips!). Yeah yeah I was too busy thinking about the photo’ and review……
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I was really pleasantly surprised by the amount of ash (actually not that much ash at all) as seen from the front of the Komodo Kamado. I have seen finer ash with coconut extruded but this was pretty good.
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This is what it looks like from the top (in my opinion no too much ash from a single cook). This shows that some of the charcoal falls through the charcoal holder and I think I can modify the holder so it stops these smaller bits from falling through (thereby limiting wastage even more). This is a Komodo Kamado modification NOT due to the type of charcoal used.
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All in all I was happy with the charcoal (yeah yeah if you’re a cynic you can say it was free lol) although there was a strange crackling/sparks when I heated up the charcoal over my gas stove…

I would recommend this charcoal for those of you that can source it (I won’t comment anymore about the lack of suppliers here on the Sunshine Coast)

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