Marienburg Charcoal

Our main product is Restaurant Quality Alder Lumpwood charcoal which is available in a number of formats – 30 Litre, 50 Litre and a large 10 KG bag. Alder is a tree of the broader birch species and grows throughout much of the northern hemisphere. It grows quickly and is abundant in natural woodlands particularly in peaty and moist environments.

Marienburg charcoal is produced in North eastern Latvia – an area of great natural beauty with a pure unpolluted environment. Small suppliers harvest the Alder and it is dried naturally for many months prior to the kilning process. This results in a clean, natural and pollutant free charcoal – ideal for those seeking to cook wholesome food with natural flavour and taste.

In 2017 Marienburg has launched Oak charcoal in 50 litre format (approximately 8.5kgs). Oak charcoal is ideal for professional kitchens and grillers seeking to cook for sustained periods.

How Much do I Need?

In general for a family of 4 or 5  you will use 1-1.5kg of alder charcoal to cook a meal. A small bag will usually do 3 meals for a family and we have purchasing quantities that enable all users to buy the correct amount for their needs – from occasional home cooks to the hardy souls that barbecue all year around. Whatever your preference you can be assured of great results when you use Marienburg  natural lumpwood charcoal.

Charcoal Grilling

In essence grilling is another source of heat for cooking your food so almost all foods can be cooked on a charcoal grill. In addition to the satisfaction of eating something with a different taste profile there is anticipation while watching, listening and taking in the aroma of the cooking process.

Foods can be cooked directly on the heat or in a combination of direct heat and convective heat by wrapping in tinfoil or in a steel container. This method allows for larger joints of meat to avail of the barbecue taste with a period of direct heat and then cooking through whilst covered to minimise charring.

There are many different styles of grill – from simple temporary structures to sophisticated covered ceramic grills with temperature control. Whatever your method barbecues/grilling produce tasty foods and a great social occasion for families and larger groups alike.

When barbecuing it is important to be responsible – place grills on hard, flat surfaces and at a height where they are safe from children and pets – and keep them supervised at all times.

Finally – char-broiled foods are those that have been cooked over charcoal – they have a distinctive “barbecue” taste from the fats, sugars and oils of the food as they interact with the searingly hot coals underneath the grill. Gas grills do not generally impart the same flavour as the interaction time with the heat source is much shorter than with barbecue coals.


Smoking is becoming ever more popular as it imparts excellent flavour and texture to cuts of meat that are often overlooked. Pork Belly Strips, Beef Brisket, Pork Shoulder, Chicken and Fish can all be cooked in a smoker and the results can be fantastic.

The main difference between a charcoal BBQ/Grill and a smoker is that a smoker keeps the direct heat away from the food. A smoker contains the fire and keeps the temperature low enough to cook meats at temperatures around 120 to 130 degrees C whereas a Barbecue grill is designed to cook hot and fast. Some charcoal grills can do both.

There are excellent resources online for building your own smoker – some of them can be very simple. It is also possible to purchase sophisticated smokers with controlled airflow and multiple temperature monitoring.


Marienburg high quality natural charcoal generates:

  • Instant ignition with sustainable heat in 15 minutes
  • Temperatures up to 300oc
  • Pleasant natural flavour with great tasting
  • Smokeless and odourless
  • Flammable liquids are not necessary
  • Available in 30l and 50l packages

For the technically minded the results of CHNO /HRF tests are as follows:

  • Hydrogen total ad – 3.04%
  • Carbon ad – 85.57%
  • Nitrogen ad – 0.47%
  • Oxygen ad – 8.84%
  • Sum CHNO ad – 98.38%
  • Sum HRF ad – 1.25%
  • Sum CHNO & HRF elements ad – 99.63%
  • Total moisture – 2.17%
  • Inherent moisture – 1.67%


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