Jealous Devil Lump Charcoal
Date Of Review: September, 2016
Purchased From: Donated by Manufacturer
Date Purchased: September, 2016
Weight: 35 pounds
Type of Wood: Quebracho Blanco
Strange Material?: None
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None
Smell: Moderately strong smoke
Country of Origin: Paraguay
Jealous Devil Lump Charcoal
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Jealous Devil Lump Charcoal
We were made aware of this charcoal from two sources within 24 hours. A reader asked if we were going to review it, and the manufacturer
asked if they could send a sample for review. We figured that somebody was trying to tell us something, so we of course eagerly asked for a sample bag. We should note that Jealous Devil at this time, only comes in 35-pound bags intended for restaurant service, but there are plans for smaller sizes for retail sale.
Jealous Devil is made in Paraguay from a South American wood called Quebracho Blanco, a wood we have run into a few times before. If you are wondering about the word "quebracho," it is derived from quiebrahacha, or quebrar hacha, meaning "axe-breaker". As for a description of the wood, we get this from Wikipedia:
"Quebracho blanco wood is uniformly yellow-ochre, without differences between hardwood and sapwood. It is quite heavy (relative density = 0.885 g/cmі) and hard, and responds well to bending and shock. Upon drying it tends to collapse, producing deformations and cracks, so the drying process is slow; the wood must be treated with fungicides. It is easy to work and has many uses in carpentry (carts, wheels, floors, shoes, tool handles, furniture); it is also good for chess pieces, skis, etc. Preserved with creosote it can be used outdoors. In some places it is widely used as coal, since it does not produce sparks or large amounts of ash, and it burns strong and slowly."
When we opened the bag and emptied it onto the ground for sorting, we found no scrap, no funny stuff, and no uncarbonized wood. What immediately strikes you is the size of the pieces. As you can see in the following table, there was a modest amount of large pieces, but nothing huge that needed to be busted up with a hammer. The vast majority of the pieces were medium sized, and the amount of chips and dust was pleasingly small.
Large 3.9 pounds 10.9%
Medium 23.1 pounds 64.7%
Small 7.6 pounds 21.3%
Chips/Dust 1.1 pounds 3.1%
Total 35.7 pounds
As you can see, the 35-pound bag contained 35.7 pounds of charcoal, so you certainly get what you pay for.
The charcoal is quite easy to light, taking 3.5 sheets of newspaper to start a chimneyful. This is low compared to all the other brands we have tested. The smoke during lighting is moderately strong and like all charcoals from South America, quite different from the oak and hickory smoke that many in the US are accustomed to. You may find you like it or you may find that it takes a little getting used to. There was absolutely no sparking or popping during the lighting or as the fire got going in the chimney.
In our maximum temperature test, Jealous Devil burned at 1172°F, which is very high compared to other brands. In fact, it is the third highest temperature we have ever recorded for a lump charcoal, beaten only by the two Real Montana charcoals that we have previously tested. Again, while the fire was building up to this high heat, there was absolutely no sparking or popping, and the fire spread fairly rapidly.
Jealous Devil's burn time was high compared to all other brands we have tested. When we lit the charcoal with a MAP-Pro torch, there was still no sparking or popping. Finally, the amount of ash produced by our test burn was low compared to other brands of charcoal.
Jealous Devil is a great charcoal. All of our key performance indicators get either 4 or 5 stars: very low chips and dust, easy to light, super hot burning, long burning and low ash. In addition, there is no sparking or popping to worry about. And on top of all that, the size distribution of the charcoal is about as good as we've ever seen. As long as you are not put off by the relatively strong smoke, it all adds up to a Highly Recommended rating.
Note: At this time, Jealous Devil charcoal appears to be sold on their website. The price we show in our Quick Stats is the price of a single bag, $47.99. If you sign up to buy a bag a month, the price is $37.99 per bag.
Statements From The Bag
"Pure as heaven - Hotter Than Hell", "100% Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal", "Restaurant Quality", "High Heat", "Low Ash"
"Our premium hardwood lump charcoal is 100% natural. Competitor's products are made from scrap wood from the lumber industry that can ruin the flavor of your food."
"At Jealous Devil, our Charcoal is still made the traditional way—with love, sweat and tears. Our wood is hand-picked, hand cut and hand-fired in our signature brick kilns."
"We deeply care about the environment and have never once felled a tree to produce our charcoal. 100% of our wood is from sustainable forestry plantations or timber from developing farms."
"The harder the wood, the better the charcoal. That is why we only use Quebracho Blanco to make Jealous Devil. 'Quebracho' means 'axe-breaker ' and is known as one of the hardest woods on the planet."
"Our charcoal burns extremely hot. With over 7000 cal/g of cooking power it packs twice the power of your standard briquette."
"Despite its intense heat, our lump provides you with hours of a clean, smoke-free and very little ash to clean up."
"Quebracho Blanco", "'Axe breaker' Hardwood", "Made with love in Paraguay","Distributed by Jealous Devil LLC", "Hermosa Beach, CA"
Unusual or Unique Statements
The Ruler Used In The Following Photographs
We use the following ruler in the photographs which follow. The black and white segments are
1 inch long. The upper scale is in inches, while the lower scale is in centimeters. The distance
between the centers of the two targets is precisely 9 inches.
Photos Of Contents
This is the contents of the bag. Those are 1 inch segments on the measuring bar.
Here is a closer view.
Here are the larger pieces we found in the bag.
Here are the contents of the bag sorted into medium, small, and too small/chips/dust.
This is how the bag arrived.
Photo of UPC Code