Coconut charcoal is a product involving burning coco shells in a limited oxygen supply to carbonize it first. Then, there are a few next steps for the whole process. Whether you work in a coconut charcoal factory or want to use coconut charcoals, it is important to understand the coconut charcoal process. In fact, it can affect the quality of the charcoal.

Coconut Charcoal Process Making Methods

There are three methods in making coconut charcoals. The first is the drum method where it is the most common method. The second is the pit method and it is the oldest coconut charcoal production method. There is one more method where you use a carbonization machine. Just feel free to choose one of those methods because each method requires different steps and equipment. Now, you can take the advantages of coconut shells.

Step by Step in the Coconut Charcoal Process

Now, let’s see how to produce coconut charcoals in step by step!

1. Prequalifying Coco Shells

For the best-quality charcoals, use fully mature and fresh coconut shells. The factory inspects and clean the coconut shells first before the carbonization process. The factory also stores the coconut shells in dry conditions away from rain and high temperatures.

2. Manufacturing Coconut Shells

The coconut shells’ quality is the most essential factor that determines the quality of the charcoal briquettes. Here, carbonization process will result in a high fixed carbon content, low volatile matter, and 2.5% ash content. During this coconut charcoal process, you don’t need to pour water.

3. Crushing, Sieving & Mixing Coconut Charcoal

Then, the factory crush and sieve the coconut shells thoroughly to remove excess ash. After getting a fine consistency, mix the charcoal powder subsequently in an industrial mixer. Good-quality charcoal briquettes come from 100% natural coco shells and don’t contain lime, borax, sawdust, nitrates or other substances. However, this is common enough for some manufacturers to mix those additives to reduce cost of production and achieve certain characteristics which can boost the performance of the briquettes in an unnatural way.

4. Pressing & Shaping Coco Charcoal Briquettes

After the factory coats the coconut shell powder with the binder & water uniformly, they feed the mixture into a coconut briquette pressing machine and slice it with high precision manually to produce individual briquettes in the preferred shape. Usually, it depends on the client’s requests. For your information, the most commo shapes for hookah or shisha briquettes are 20x35mm cylinders, 20x35mm hexagonal, and 25 or 26mm cubes. Make sure that the briquettes have neat shape and smooth sides & edges.

5. Drying & Packaging

Using ovens, the factory heats the individual briquettes at 80°C until they are completely dry & achieve a level of moisture below 5%. In fact, a low moisture content will help the briquettes ignite quicker & fully combusted when you use them. Lastly, cool down the briquettes naturally to room temperature.

That’s all the coconut charcoal process before the factory packs the briquettes based on the client’s preference. Some people only want inner plastic packaging of 1 kg whereas some others want colored inner carton boxes.

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