Char­coal or bri­quettes? For some, that’s like hav­ing to pick your favourite child. We made 20 fires over a week­end – to help make your next braai de­ci­sion a lit­tle eas­ier.

Go! Camp & Drive - - CONTENTS - Text and pho­tos Kyle Kock

Do you ever re­ally think about which bag of bri­quettes or coal you grab when you’re in a hurry to get on the road be­fore the Fri­day traf­fic? No? Nei­ther did we, and that’s ex­actly why we grabbed 16 of the most pop­u­lar brands out there and put them to the test. We also went full hip­ster, and threw four boxes of in­fused bri­quettes into the mix.

The con­di­tions were the same for each fire, with an am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture of 20 °C and the same cut of meat on the grill for all the brands (a ma­tured sir­loin about 1,5 cm thick).

We used a braai pit that we split into quad­rants, with the meat rest­ing on a grid 18 cm from the bot­tom of the pit.

All the fires con­sisted of a 1kg pile of char­coal or bri­quettes which were lit us­ing two stan­dard blocks of Blitz fire­lighter.

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