Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 26
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrG Good product for the money
I grill 3-5 times a week and have been using Kingsford or Royal Oak (or a combination of both) for years. Picked up a bag of this to give it a try last week. I use a chimney starter and yes it is pretty smoky when you first light it but once it gets going the smoke disappears. I found it no more difficult to fire up than the other brands..
I was quite surprised at how hot the fire got and how long it stayed hot, I would rate it better than Kingsford in that regard.
I would suggest trying a bag for yourself as the reviews of this product are pretty mixed.
June 2, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JA Don't Burn Hot Enough for Cooking Meats
Ever since I bought a bag of Embers, I have had problems having a hot enough grill to cook on. I thought I was losing my touch and didn't realize that the problem started when I started using Embers last summer. Even allowing the coals to heat longer and turn fully white didn't increase the cooking heat. Cooking time was at least doubled (perhaps tripled) from my previous experience of 20 years plus. This past week I switched to another brand (Royal Oak) that I formerly used and I had plenty of heat to cook with right away.
June 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Damuppet Great stuff, Comparable to leading brands
I'm seeing bad reviews. 1st I paid less than $10. For 30lbs of Ember (Kingsford is $19. For 36lbs). I'm waiting for the Memorial Day $8.88 for 36lbs sale on Kingsford. That said there's nothing wrong with this stuff at all. I got 3 hours out of 1/4 bag. I used 2 chimney starters, a News paper crumbled up, and a lighter. 1/2 hour later coals were starting to gray. No problems.
May 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tribemama Garbage
Horrible product...doesn't light and just smokes and smokes and smokes....Ruined dinner twice! Threw the rest of the bag out :(
May 15, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by sugar Horrible charcoal briquettes
Bought these a couple of years ago and they are horrible!! They don't stay lit,don't burn well or give off much heat .still have a full bag that will never get used.
February 18, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by EVANALI Ok to use: IF THERE'S NOTHING ELSE AVAILABLE!
Needed charcoal...went to Home Depot...didn't see that killer sale on Kingsford that they run...
So I tried EMBERS...after I read the review.
Here's the skinny:
SMOKES LIKE A CUBAN 57 CHEVY
There was so much smoke lighting this charcoal that it made my neighbors think my house was on fire!
It smokes more than a real smoke bomb does!
PRO's: It DOES get hot and cook your food...no bad aftertaste.
Buy Kingsford. and get cooking!
(I'm returning the bag I bought and buying some of the good stuff!)
January 21, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AnotherHenryBowman Not great
I gave this a try for a use in my smoker. It was a challenge to get even a few briquettes to light in the chimney starter (I don't user lighter fluid).
December 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mixerdude Long Burning, Starts Quickly, Cooks Evenly
On a whim, I picked up a bag the other week to see if this brand compares to the brand I have been using.
The Embers brand started just fine and were ready to cook in about 15 minutes. They actually seemed to burn hotter than the brand I had previously been using. So with that, it appears I can use less coals in the future.
The hamburgers cooked up fine with minimal flare-ups. I was impressed.
It is competitively priced to the regular price of the other brand, so you don't have to wait for a sale to stock up. This saves space and money by allowing you spread the purchases out over time.
July 6, 2015