I did a cook on the Primo tonight and the only charcoal I had on hand was some Char griller lump, which I got from Bunnings, probably over 5 years ago. The box I have says that it is made from hardwood, specifically Eucalyptus. However the box also indicates that it is the product of Vietnam.
While I was getting this up to a higher temp of about 250°C, it was giving off a 'swampy' smell which is very similar to some cheap mangrove charcoal that I had used previously.
I was checking the Char griller site today and it indicates that the lump is made from tropical fruit trees, specifically Longan.
While I would be happy to use my current charcoal stash for higher heat cooking, I would probably not want to use it for low temp cooking due to the smell.
Can anyone tell me if the 'new' Char griller lump from Bunnings (Longan wood) has a mangrove/swampy smell to it?
Has anybody used both the new type and the old type and noticed any difference in the smell?
Thanks for looking,