So, you want to know a little more about charcoal before you decide to grill up some burgers that you made for your family with a burger patty press? Read on to find out more.
Charcoal is a darkish-grey residue that is actually made up of impure carbon. It is obtained by taking volatile constituents from substances, and is usually produced by a process called pyrolysis.
In this process, wood, sugar, bone char, and sometimes other substances are heated without oxygen present. This results in a lightweight, yet brittle and soft material that is black, porous, and soft. It actually resembles coal, consists of half to 95% carbon, and is used for many things.
Charcoal can be burned as a fuel, which makes it useful for all kinds of applications requiring heat. One popular use for charcoal is for grilling out in a charcoal grill. In fact, in un-industrialized countries, charcoal is sometimes the primary fuel used for cooking.
In Brazil, new laws passed in 2010 have increased charcoal production because it is now going to be used for several metalworking and smelting functions.
It burns at a temperature of 1,100 degrees Celsius, which puts it at the perfect temperature for this kind of operation. Some charcoal is used to make drawing crayons, but most of it is used to make fuel.
Charcoal is usually made up into one of three different forms. The first form is called lump charcoal, and it is usually made from hardwood. This type usually produces less in the way of ashes than the second kind of charcoal, which is called briquette charcoal.
This type is made by compressing charcoal into the right shape, which is called a briquette. There is also extruded charcoal, which is made by extruding raw or carbonized wood into a log without actually using a binder.
Charcoal is also used for other industrial purposes, and in artwork. Charcoal pencils are actually very popular for use in certain kinds of art.