Dragon Breath Lump Charcoal
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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: June, 2008
Purchased From: Sent to us by Highland Enterprise
Date Purchased: June, 2008
Price: $9.95
Weight: 20 pounds
Burn Time:
Ash Production:
Type of Wood: Hickory and Oak
Strange Material?: None
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None
Smell: American hardwood smoke
Country of Origin: USA (Missouri)

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Update (09/18/16): It has come to our attention that in 2015, at some point, Dragon Breath lost their supplier of "North American hardwood" charcoal and made a switch to Mexican Oak and Mesquite. Needless to say, this review no longer reflects the product currently being sold. We have plans to review the new Dragon Breath as soon as they ship us a sample.
This charcoal comes to us from the distributor in upstate New York. You should be able to find this charcoal in grilling shops and food service providers in the eastern US. The charcoal is actually made in Missouri and is made from oak and hickory.

Dumping the charcoal out for sorting reveals a nice mixture of sizes. We found no scrap, no funny stuff, and no uncarbonized pieces. We found one small rock in the bag. As you can see from the following table and the photo below, you get a nice distribution of sizes. Plenty of large pieces, plenty of medium sized pieces and an average amount of chips and dust. The total weight of the contents was well over the 20 pounds listed on the bag:

Large 3.2 pounds 15.0%
Medium 6.3 pounds 29.8%
Small 8.8 pounds 41.7%
Chips/Dust 2.8 pounds 13.4%

Total 21.1 pounds

The charcoal is quite easy light, taking 3 sheets in our chimney starter test. This is low compared to other charcoals. There was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal burned in the chimney starter. The smoke had the classic smell of American hardwood charcoal.

In our maximum temperature test, the charcoal burned at 980 degrees which ranks very high compared to other charcoals. The fire spreads quickly and there was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal was burning full tilt. When using a MAPP torch to start the charcoal, we did observer moderate sparking AND popping, so you should exercise care in using a torch to start this charcoal.

Finally, in our burn time test, Dragon Breath burned a very long time ranking Very High compared to other charcoals. In fact, it is one of the longest burning charcoals we've encountered. The ash production was Low compared to other charcoals.

In conclusion, we were very impressed with this charcoal. It is easy to light, has that great American hardwood smell, burns hot, burns long, and produces a low amount of ash. It is reasonably priced and is great value when you look at the price per hour of burning. The only thing that could be significantly improved would be to screen it better and lower the amount of chips and dust in the bag. We have no problem giving this charcoal our Highly Recommended rating.

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Unusual or Unique Statements


Statements From The Bag

"Dragon Breath Charcoal Products", "All Natural Lump Charcoal"

Lighting Instructions


Photos Of Contents

This is the contents of the bag. Those are 1 inch squares on the measuring bar.

Here is a closer view.

Here are the larger pieces we found in the bag.

Here is the one rock we found in the bag.

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

Other Photos

This is how the bags arrived.

Photo of UPC Code

Here is a photo of the UPC code on the bag:

Contact Information

Highland Enterprise
999 Picture Pkwy
Webster, NY 14580


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