The Yakiniku kamado is a charcoal kamado where quality is of paramount importance. And that ofcourse, includes good quality products and accessories. Charcoal is also included. The charcoal we sell is qualitatively the best charcoal for the kamado; Marabú charcoal. This is a very pure, black charcoal that is economical in use. The origin of the Marabú charcoal is in Africa, Marabú is named as Cuban hardwood. Or what you call Cuban. In any case, there is an interesting story behind it. We will make sure that you know what you are eating when you start Marabú. Marabú is taken from - you can allready guess it - the Marabú plant. This is a plant that grows wild and very aggressive up to shrubs or trees up to ten meters high. Officially, the plant does not come from Cuba, or from the Caribbean itself: it was imported from Africa in the nineteenth century. Now a brief history course: Cuba used to be financially supported by the Soviet Union because it was also a communist state at the time. When the Soviet Union fell, however, that financial support also stopped and Cuba was on its own. When Cuba ended up in a severe economic crisis in the 1990s, many areas were vacant and the plant had free rein to grow, resulting in mass growth. Now he can no longer be ignored from the Cuban landscape. A beautiful gem, with the beautiful flowers that grow on it. And then that oh-so-heavenly charcoal ... There is certainly nothing short of raw materials. And for the people who want to think about the environment, this is a great product. Marabú has an almost pure percentage of charcoal. The difference you notice in this compared to cheaper “standard” charcoal is that when charcoal still contains some volatile substances, these gases are released when lighting and burning the charcoal. You can see this in the smoke that will develop, and you can smell the petroleum-like odor that is released. Marabú charcoal is smoke and odorless. And you can taste that difference in your diet. This charcoal lasts on average 3x longer than charcoal that you buy in the supermarket or hardware store, because a higher carbon percentage means more fuel. Marabú has a high burning value and a long burning time. Liquids are often incorporated in the cheaper coals to make them burn more easily. These liquids evaporate during combustion and are then included in the food you eat. So our kamado charcoal is also healthier! Kamado charcoal is restaurant charcoal. Lighting the Marabú charcoal is not as easy as the home garden and kitchen charcoal. That's because it has a more compact structure and no liquids have been incorporated. Marabu charcoal needs some time to get going. Once it burns it burns for hours and hours. You will not soon run out of charcoal. A real favorite for those delicious long BBQ sessions on both open and closed BBQs. Also ideal for baking pizzas on a kamado. To keep it 100% natural, we have special firelighters that do not contain any toxic substances. You light them just like a match and put it burning among the coals. These firelighters are from the BBQ Flavor brand, and have a burning time of 8 to 10 minutes. If you still want to add a refined smoky flavor to your dish, you can add wood chips. This can be dry or wet. The advice is that the wood still retains some moisture, so that there is more smoke and flavor development, and that it lasts a little longer between the coals if you want the smoky flavor to penetrate deeper into your food. The kamado is a kitchen, and the charcoal is the fuel. Without good coals you just can't get the most out of your cooking skills. And that would be an eternal waste of your dish. So there is really no reason why you should not buy the Marabú charcoal. When do you know if you have bought the right coal for your kamado? First of all, it is important to only use natural products in your kamado. The kamado is sealed airtight and is oxygen-poor on the inside. This is exactly why you can use your charcoal for so long in your kamado. However, the effect of this is that you can taste everything in your dish that you use inside your kamado. It is therefore very important to only use natural products. So absolutely do not use things such as white chemical firelighters, lamp oil, turpentine etc. to light your kamado. Also do not use briquettes as fuel, always use 100% natural charcoal in your kamado. Briquettes contain binders (how else do you get a nicely pressed block), charcoal grit (waste) is used and / or waste wood is used from uncontrolled origin. And this wood can contain paint or impregnating agent. Don't take the risk, just use nice charcoal in your kamado. How do you recognize good charcoal? You can recognize the burning power by the density of the tree from which the charcoal is made and the size of the blocks. The higher the density, the heavier a block of the same size becomes and the longer you can cook with it and the higher the temperature you can achieve. So compare a 10x10cm block of a lighter tree and a heavy tree next to each other, you will see and notice the difference. You can often see it from the bag: 10 kg heavy quality takes up less space than 10 kg light quality and is therefore in a smaller bag. Also look for large blocks, these will last longer in your kamado and help to control the temperature more easily. In general, the charcoal at a supermarket or hardware store is not kamado quality because it is made of a lighter type of tree and therefore you prefer to leave it alone.