Signature Charcoal Lumps

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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: June, 2023
Purchased From: Provided by the Manufacturer
Date Purchased: May, 2023
Price: $20.99 US
Advertised Weight: 15.43 pounds (7kg)
Type of Wood: Primarily Canadian Maple, see review
Strange Material: None
Scrap Lumber: None
Smell: North American hardwood smoke, mild and pleasant
Country of Origin: Canada

Key Performance Indicators
Chips and Dust:
Medium and Large:
Max Temperature:
Burn Time:
Ash Production:

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We were contacted by the manufacturers of Xylo-Carbone Signature Charcoal Lumps who asked us to do a review. They hinted that they supply the charcoal for another brand of charcoal that did very well that we had recently tested. They weren't free to say which brand, but we have a very good idea. We will leave it as an exercise for our readers to see if they can figure it out. In any event, with such a promising teaser, how could we say no?

So, first things first. Where does this name Xylo-Carbone come from? Most bbq charcoals like to brand themselves with names associated with barbecue, meat, the Old West, family names, etc., trying to stir up images of meat and smokey goodness in your mind. So where does Xylo-Carbone come from? Well, the "carbone" part is easy. This company is located in Quebec, Canada and "carbone" is the French word for "carbon". So far so good, but what about "xylo"? Well, "xylo" comes to us from Greek "xýlon" and "xulon" meaning wood. Think "xylophone". So roughly speaking, "Xylo-Carbone" translates to "wood carbon".

Next question, who is/are Xylo-Carbone? They are a Canadian company founded in 2017 and located on 15 hectares (37 acres) of land in Saint-Tite, Quebec, Canada. Among other things, they process maple, beech and birch wood into charcoal. As usual, we provide you a map at right to help you locate it. They currently produce charcoal that is sold across Canada in outlets such as Costco, Lowes, Rona, and Canadian Tire, but they have plans to expand into the US, starting with the East Coast. They also appear to be the world’s only net zero charcoal plant. The charcoal is made in sealed containers that allow the recovery of gas, and pyrolytic oil produced by the process, which in turn can be used to generate the energy the plant consumes during the production process.

So, it's time to start testing and see if Xylo-Carbone Signature Charcoal Lumps are indeed as good as another brand of charcoal we have already tested. It is made from 95% Canadian Maple, with the remaining bits being beech and birch. In our experience, charcoal made from Canadian Maple has always been very pleasing, both in performance as well as the smoke it produces.

The first thing we do is dump the charcoal on the ground for sorting and inspection. We found nothing but charcoal. No plastic, metal, scrap wood or uncarbonized wood. Upon sorting, we found the following rather astonishing distribution of sizes:

Large 4.7 pounds 30.4%
Medium 9.9 pounds 63.8%
Small 0.5 pounds 3.2%
Chips/Dust 0.4 pounds 2.6%

Total 15.5 pounds

The 2.6% chips and dust is Very Low () compared to all other brands of charcoal. The 94.2% of the desirable medium and large pieces is Very High () compared to all other brands. In fact, it is the highest percentage of medium and large pieces that we have ever seen in a lump charcoal. Apparently, companies can produce bags without tons of small pieces and chips and dust if they so choose. And happily, we also found no huge logs that need to be busted up to be useful. Just lots and lots of usable charcoal. Oh happy day.

So now we are off to a superb start in our test. How did Xylo-Carbone Signature Lumps do in our lighting test? It took only 1.5 sheets of newspaper to get this charcoal burning in a standard Weber chimney starter. This was Very Low () compared to all other brands of charcoal. There was no sparking or popping and the smell was that of North American maple charcoal, mild and pleasant.

Next we move on to our maximum temperature test in which this charcoal burned at 1196°F. This is Very High () compared to all other brands of charcoal. In fact, of the 128 brands of charcoal that we have done a maximum temperature test on to date, this is number 6. And we should probably point out that some Facebook charcoal experts will tell you that this charcoal burns too hot and too fast. Remember though, that if you are cooking in a closed cooker like a kamado-style cooker, YOU control the temperature by controlling the airflow. This charcoal will cruise along at 225°F as well as any other brand. But back to our maximum temperature test. There was, again, no sparking or popping either while this charcoal was coming up to temperature or while it was burning away. And finally, once lit the fire spread quite rapidly.

In our burn time test, Xylo-Carbone Signature Lumps charcoal burned quite a long time. In fact, the burn time was High () compared to all other brands of charcoal, just barely missing the Very High grade. When lighting this charcoal with a MAP-Pro torch, there was very little sparking and no popping. Of course, always take appropriate precautions when using a torch of any kind to light lump charcoal. And finally, the amount of ash produced by this charcoal was Low () compared to all other brands of charcoal.

So as always, it is time to give this charcoal it's final rating. That shouldn't be to hard with it scoring 28 out of 30 stars. Still, let's run through the results. The size distribution was insane with 94.2% of the bag being usable, good sized pieces. It was terribly easy to light and burned almost as hot as anything we have ever tested. The only place where this charcoal stumbled a bit (if you can call it that) was burn time and ash production, but nonetheless, it burned a good long time and didn't produce much ash, just missing 5 stars. All in all, this was a very enjoyable charcoal to test and we sincerely hope Xylo-Carbone gets this into the US market.

And finally, can you guess which brand of charcoal is being supplied by Xylo-Carbone? Whether you can or cannot, we give it our Highly Recommended rating.

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Other Information


Statements From The Bag

"Canadian Maple", "High Performance", "Product of Canada", "Fast Lighting", "Intense Heat", "Fast Cooking Time", "100% Natural"

Lighting Instructions


Safety Instructions

"Store Charcoal in a Cool Dry Place"

Unusual or Unique Statements


The Ruler Used In The Following Photographs

We use the following ruler in the photographs which follow. The black and white segments are
1 inch long. The upper scale is in inches, while the lower scale is in centimeters. The distance
between the centers of the two targets is precisely 9 inches.

Photos Of Contents

This photo is an overall view of the contents of the bag.

Here is a closer view.

Here are the larger pieces we found in the bag.

Here are the contents of the bag sorted into large, medium, small, and too small/chips/dust.

Other Photos

This is how the bags arrived. (Two bags in one box, one bag in a second box.)

Photo of UPC Code

Contact Information

Xylo-Carbone Inc.
70 rue Parc industriel
Saint-Tite Québec, Canada G0X 3H0

Phone: 418-507-1995

Email: info@xylocarbone.com
Web: www.xylocarbone.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063605586712

About This Review

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