MeatEater's head of culinary, Chef Kevin Gillespie sure knows a thing or two about the benefits of cooking over premium heat sources. This charcoal from Meat Head is the real deal. It burns hot, burns clean, contains no chemicals, and produces almost no ash, significantly reducing the need to replace your charcoal as frequently. This is not the stuff from your local hardware store with all the dust in the bottom of the bag. This lump charcoal is sourced from the original Axe-Breaker tree, an extremely dense hardwood from South America. If you're serious about good grilled food, give those pillow-shaped briquettes to your neighbor and heat up your grilling game with Meat Head.