Humphrey’s Natural Lump Charcoal

30. March 2017 Charcoal Reviews 0

Humphrey's lump charcoalI came across Humphrey’s Natural, 100% Hardwood Lump Charcoal on another review site.  It had gotten good user reviews so I decided, hey, why not give it a shot…

So I forked over $18 (plus an insane amount for shipping) to get my hands on a 20lb bag.  I’ve worked my way through two thirds of the bag so far and, well, let’s just say I feel a bit let down…

The charcoal burns well – it’s not the hottest I’ve used or the coldest; I’d put it at about average for heat and burn consistency.

And it produces an average amount of ash – more than high quality charcoals like Ozarks Oak, less than cheap charcoals like Cowboy Lump.

What irks me is that I hadn’t even gotten a third of the way down the bag before hitting a ton of smaller, walnut-sized pieces.  And anyone who has used lump charcoal before knows that the smaller the pieces, the tighter they nest together in your grill, chocking off air flow – making you work far harder and longer to get a decent burn going…

Every bag of lump charcoal will naturally have some small pieces near it’s bottom – but two-thirds of the bag, come on, that just sucks! Especially when I can drive 10 minutes down the road and get two 10lb bags of Wegman’s lump charcoal – which burns just as hot if not slightly hotter – for $12.

pieces of Humphrey's lump charcoal

And that’s why Humphrey’s Natural, 100% Lump Charcoal only gets a rating of 3 out of 5.

Who knows, maybe I was just unlucky enough to get a freakishly unsual bag – one filled with pieces from the bottom of Humphrey’s burn pit or something.  It’s totally possible this bag was the exception and not the norm…

So, I won’t totally write off Humphrey’s just yet.  But I sure as hell won’t be throwing money away on shipping for more.  Unless I come across another bag in person somewhere, this is one lump charcoal that won’t be gracing the bottom of my grill again…

To sum it up:

  • Price: $18 for a 20lb bag +  $12 shipping, $22 for a 40lb bag + $13 shipping
  • Quality:  sub-par – small lumps in two-thirds of my 20lb bag, no rocks
  • Performance:  average – burns hot but takes longer to get a good burn going (too many small pieces restrict air flow), leaves behind average amount of ash