Using the correct charcoal for all of your cooking is a vital. Just as you consider the food and meat you will smoke, the smoking wood and how you begin the fire is of up most importance. There are American charcoal briquettes that are instant light but they are packed full of chemicals that will soak into your food. Other commercial charcoal brands will stay hot for a couple hours and fizzle out. You don't want you fire to go out right in the middle of a smoking session. Make sure you begin with long burning lump charcoal. Do it right the first time and eliminate your mistakes. We stock the longest lasting charcoal for smoking wood available.