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Heat Beads® Coconut Shell Charcoal Briquettes - The Results Are In (Read 3118 times)
 
Feb 1st, 2017 at 9:35am

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The results are in

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My latest cook up using the new Heat Beads was yesterday Cooking for the Challenge.  On this occasion I used my trusty old Bedourie Camp Oven with a trivet under it. One of the first things you will notice with them is they burn brown and not grey.  I used the normal number I would use of the regular Heat Beads.

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The following two photos were taken this morning after being allowed to sit and burn out and cool.  These Heat Beads burn just about completely.  I have pushed down the piles of ash.  Some were nothing but complete ash while several had a hard piece about half the size of a pea.

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Underneath the oven was the same with a similar proportion of the tiny hard spot in the middle

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From several results the burn time is around 25% more than standard Heat Beads and I am detecting in the number being used no significant differences in heat produced.  As a result I have determined that the Heat Bead charts on the website should remain as they are.

Overall I would say that these are a far superior product that the regular Heat Beads for the purpose that we use them with camp ovens.
 

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Reply #1 - Feb 2nd, 2017 at 8:27am

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I bought a bag of those heat beads the day at Bunnings Parafield Airport north of Adelaide at $17.95 per 10kg bag, have to try them out for my next weekend camp oven session, I will let you know how it went.
 
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Reply #2 - Mar 6th, 2017 at 8:46am

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Was wandering around in Bunnings last week and saw a bag of these beads. They looked a bit pricey but I bought a bag anyway.
Road tested them last night.
Derek wrote on Feb 1st, 2017 at 9:35am:
These Heat Beads burn just about completely.  I have pushed down the piles of
ash.  Some were nothing but complete ash while several had a hard piece about half the size of a pea.

Exactly what I found Derek, I usually have trouble keeping the normal beads alight on the top of the oven late in the cook. This usually means that I have to replace the top beads with new ones. Not the case with these they just keep on burning. They get a big thumbs up from me in that regard.

I also used some in my drum smoker to smoke and slow cook some beef ribs they worked very well for that to.

 
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Reply #3 - Mar 6th, 2017 at 11:40am

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Thanks Derek and Rory for the reports.
My next bag will be the new style of heatbeads.

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Reply #4 - Mar 7th, 2017 at 5:05pm

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I am not surprised by the findings.
The coconut tree is the perfect provider, food, habitat/shelter, warmth & cooking, utensils, mulch. bedding. It can be fully utilised with Zero waste
Contrary to popular belief coconut juice/milk is not fattening unless you drink it by the gallon, plus it is health beneficial in many ways.
Importantly it is what makes an ordinary curry into an exceptional one.

I have possibly missed something else good about the coconut palm so jump in.

Now back to the briquettes...................................
 
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Reply #5 - Mar 27th, 2017 at 7:49pm

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I used the new heatbeads on the weekend.
It was outside in a very humid environment.

THE LASTED A TREAT.   Smiley Smiley Smiley

I'll stick with these from here on.

Aart

 

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Reply #6 - Mar 27th, 2017 at 9:16pm

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Same here Aart.  Used two chimneys of them for dinner. They are fantastic.
 

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Reply #7 - Oct 31st, 2017 at 2:33pm

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Am trying these beads for the first time today. Am doing some slow cooked ribs in my Weber and if I can be bothered after lunch, am going to try them with my camp oven and knock up some sausage rolls for the challenge
 
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Tadpole   be bothered   Smiley let's see those rolls
 
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Just firing the heat beads up now Wink
 
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