AWESOME!! This is great man I will surely check this out and perhaps purchase. I will give feedback as well for improvement! I am definitely sick of buying willow sticks on Etsy for sure and in South Texas there are zero common softwoods other that juniper which the smoke when burnt is very toxic. This helps immensely!
Amigo, there are several widespread woods in Texas that make outstanding charcoal for BP!!! For free, likely. But although making charcoal is messy business, it is rewarding sometimes. But often I'd rather just pay the price for somebody else to do the dirty work for me!
Nonetheless, I think it would be a very useful experience for you to make at least one or two batches of your very own pyro charcoal, from start to finish. You might impress yourself! Plus, it's basic pyro knowledge...
Other Texans have used peach and pecan. I'd avoid juniper and mesquite. If any willow family members grow nearby (they do) investigate that perhaps. In general, fast-growing trees, typically by water, are highlighted as best possibilities. This is a lot of tree types! I have a pile of weeping willow (there are apparently many, many willow species that I can't identify yet), that burns faster than anything I've known, and far faster than commercial BP. Hardwood/softwood is not a clear-cut dichotomy. There are many fast growing "hardwoods" that are not "hard" to the axe.
Experiment. Read a bit. Oh my. Willow sticks on Etsy? So so so overpriced for uncertain woods. Yipes. You will easily appreciate the difference between BP made from hot charcoal and BP made from Skylighter airfloat (basically, the leftovers from the crappy Kingsford Briquette manufacturing process, along with all of the additives...). Think: "Mixed hardwood airfloat charcoal". That's the trash leftover after making crappy grill briquettes. Where else would it come from? Certainly not "custom" manufactured, hah ha! That said, you can get utility out of milled lump charcoal like Cowboy brand, although their actual wood types,sources, and countries of origin vary frequently without explanation. For generic airfloat for primes and ground fireworks (gerbs). Pick the lightweight/less dense pieces and grind 'em up.
Edited by SharkWhisperer, 03 March 2021 - 12:12 AM.