In this article, we’ll answer your question if you’re asking how is coconut coal made. The production of coconut charcoal may seem relatively easy compared to other fuels. In practice, maintaining constant mold quality per shipment is rather complicated. 

Strict quality control measures are carried out at every stage of manufacturing to ensure that high quality coconut charcoal briquettes are manufactured and shipped to customers.

Steps To Make Coconut Coal

So, how is coconut coal made? Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process to produce the world’s best coconut coal.

1. Coconut Shell Pre-certified

Only fresh, fully mature coconuts from some of the best plantations are used to ensure the desired yield and quality in charcoal production. Coconut shells are manually inspected and cleaned prior to carbonation. Store in dry conditions away from high temperatures and rain.

2. Manufacture of Coir Charcoal 

Shell charcoal is produced from selected coconut shells using a unique carbonization process.  It has a high fixed carbon content of about 80%, a low volatile content of less than 15%, and an ash content of 2.5%. No water is poured during the cooling process.

3. Crushing, Sorting, And Mixing Of Coal

After carbonization, the charcoal in the coconut shell is pulverized and shaken finely to remove excess ash, and the ash content of the charcoal briquettes is kept below 2.5%. After achieving a fine consistency, the charcoal powder is blended with a small amount of tapioca starch in an industrial blender. Tapioca starch acts as a natural, environmentally friendly binder that holds the mixture together during the remaining stages of briquette production.

Coconut coal is made from 100% natural coconut shell charcoal.  Charcoal, nitrate, sawdust, borax, lime, and other substances are not added to the mixture. It is relatively common for some briquette manufacturers to incorporate these additives as fillers to reduce production costs or realize certain characteristics that unnaturally improve briquette performance. Some additives can accelerate coal ignition and, under certain conditions, reduce burning time and increase fire and health damage.

4. Coconut Briquette Pressing and Forming

Once the coconut shell powder is uniformly coated with glue and water, the mixture is fed into a briquette press and cut manually with high precision to manufacture individual briquettes in the required shape according to the customer’s requirements. 

5. Drying/Packaging

The individual molds are heated in an industrial oven at approximately 80 °C until completely dry and the moisture level is less than 5%. Because of their low moisture content, briquettes ignite faster and burn completely when used.  The drying process is strictly controlled to prevent cracks from entering the inside of the mold. Finally, the mold is cooled naturally to room temperature before packaging.

Coconut charcoal briquettes are packaged according to customer’s preference. For example, customers require a colored inner carton with an inner plastic liner to hold the required weight of briquettes before being put into a master carton and packed together in a shipping container. Now you know how is coconut coal is made, don’t you?

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