Can Charcoal Go Bad?

Can Charcoal Go Bad?

Charcoal has been the carburant of choice for craftsmen around the world for many years. Many civilizations have used charcoal to heat up their residences, as well as prepare magnificent foods in open air.

Made from wooden parts that have been heated and deoxygenated, charcoal remains one of the most common energy providers for underdeveloped and developed nations alike. The two types of charcoal, briquet and lump, both serve generally the same cause.

Usually, lump charcoal contains no chemicals and additives that promote the reinforcement of fire. That is why many people use it to cook without a second thought.

The question is, is there is a chance your charcoal goes bad over time? Many people have addressed this issue but let’s get to the latest insights:

Is there a chance charcoal could go bad?

There is zero chance that your charcoal will go bad when you have it stored in a warehouse. It can only go bad when it’s already been burnt, for any reason. Additives may affect the surface of the charcoal, causing it to deteriorate over time. Say, for example, you’ve used lighter fluid on some pieces of charcoal you’re hoping to reuse–doing this again and again would result in unusable charcoal.

There is always the issue of moisture when you stack charcoal for long periods of time. Its surface can absorb lots of moisture, making it close to impossible to ignite. This is a universal problem with charcoal, but still you can activate them with a few passes of a blow dryer to dry them out.

Ideas on how to securely store the charcoal

Many people want to know the best way to store or preserve their charcoal. These ideas generally known but often forgotten, so let’s go down the list:

Make sure your charcoal is in a sealed container

Charcoal can easily absorb atmospheric moisture. So, the best solution would be to store it in a sealed box to make sure that moisture cannot penetrate inside.

Keep it away from water sources

If you live beside a river, lake or pond, you should always avoid storing your charcoal close to water reservoirs. When doing so, you significantly reduce the chances of water passing through the charcoal and being absorbed. It can deactivated your charcoal for a long time, until it finally dries and is ready for use.

Charcoal is stored best when other types of wood are above it

A smart solution would be to place the charcoal underneath the woods you are about to use for your fireplace. The wood will absorb the bulk of the outside air’s moisture while simultaneously protecting the charcoal from direct rainfall.

We all know that charcoal doesn’t go bad easily, but it does go bad eventually. This discussion is about introducing smart ways to have your charcoal deposits ready when you are. Water and moisture are the enemy and should be kept away from charcoal by any means.

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