Going Green is Natural for the Big Green Egg
Protecting the environment is on everyone’s mind these days – even when it comes to barbecuing. Big Green Egg has long been committed to eco-friendly, organic and natural products – what else would you expect from a company whose middle name is “Green”?
What Could Be More Natural?
The Big Green Egg can save precious natural resources. The high-quality ceramic materials that are used in manufacturing the EGG are so durable that the cooker practically becomes a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. On the contrary, most metal grills need replacing every three to four years. So, purchasing a ceramic Big Green Egg can actually result in fewer grills going into the waste stream and clogging up landfills. And it reduces the amount of non-renewable raw materials used to make comparatively short-lived metal grills.
The heavy walls of the Big Green Egg make it extremely fuel-efficient. The cooker uses far less charcoal than other types of charcoal grills. And any charcoal that remains in the base of the grill after cooking can be reused at the next cookout.
Unlike other fuel sources, natural lump charcoal is a renewable fuel. All the wood used to produce our oak and hickory blend of hardwood lump charcoal is sourced from surplus, scrap or unusable wood from lumber mills … we do not cut forests to produce this all-natural product, nor do we use any wood from sources other than a mill.
Unlike some imported lump charcoal and briquettes on the market today, Big Green Egg charcoal is wood that has been burned slowly in an airless environment until all its moisture has been driven off. What is left is pure carbonized wood, with no fillers, chemicals, treated wood or petroleum by-products of any kind.
The natural charcoal lights easily with an electric or butane charcoal EGGniter or natural lighter cubes made from refined wax and sawdust. This eliminates the need for petroleum-based lighter fluids and the release of damaging volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Hardwood lump charcoal produces minimal ash compared with regular charcoal briquettes in traditional charcoal grills. What little of the all-natural ash that does remain can be cooled and added to your home compost pile to create a rich soil amendment for the garden.