Alternatives to Charcoal

Photography Steve Harries, charcoal supplied by BIG K
  • Words Adriana Gallo

Charcoal is a historic fuel source deeply entangled with the story of humanity. It’s used both by choice (such as recreational grilling or camping) and by ne-cessity. Countries with limited energy infrastructures and untenably high costs turn to charcoal rather than more centrally distributed fuel types such as oil and natural gas. The use of charcoal in such contexts, however, is associated with negative health effects and extensive environmental impacts. These are impacts that attract cynical interest as well as well-meaning if often ineffectual concern. Charcoal is the solid residue that is left after wood is carbonised at high temperatures under controlled conditions with minimal oxygen.

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