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Kingsford Charcoal Caddy

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In my continuing effort to get my grilling area organized, I picked up a new grilling gizmo that seems to perfectly fit a need of mine. It is the Kingsford Charcoal Caddy and I’m going to describe it here and give my preliminary impressions. Based on some posts on various message boards, it seems to be the real deal and is built to last several years in all kinds of weather. Truth be told I wasn’t even looking for this storage unit. I was on The Container Store website looking for something completely different when I spotted the Charcoal Caddy.

The Kingsford Charcoal Caddy is a plastic container with a translucent main body and a “Kingsford Blue” lidded top. It is intended to hold a 20 or 22 pound (9.125 - 10 Kg) bag of Kingsford brand charcoal and actually hold it in the bag. The container measures 10” x 14” x 19” (25.33 x 35.5 x 48.25 cm) and has a handle along the back edge and a lid/pour spout at the front edge. The length and width are approximate as measured from the top. The clear base that holds the charcoal is actually tapered and gets narrower towards the bottom. It can hold any type of charcoal except Match Light type charcoal which has lighter fluid mixed in as part of the coals. I am not sure of the reason for this, but I only plan to put lump in this container. The plastic is BPA free which is important for a container holding what you are going to use to cook your food. The Charcoal Caddy is widely available. I got mine at The Container Store where it sells for $14.99. Actually I had enough faith in them that I bought two.

This container solved some of the charcoal storage problems I had. For one I didn’t like storing bags of charcoal in my basement. Particularly in the winter when my bulkhead might be snow covered and frozen. I would keep the bags in my Ranger pickup’s extended cab behind the seat. This was fine for 15 pound (6.8 Kg) bags of briquets, but the bigger 22 pound (10 Kg) bags of Wicked Good lump for my BGE were awkward to get in and out. I often park my truck out in front of the house when I have company and walking up and down a slippery hilly driveway with a bag of charcoal was an adventure. The other thing that changed for me is the grill gazebo that will now give me year round cover over my grill. I am not sure I would want to leave this container completely exposed to the elements, but under cover but outside sure. Now this isn’t actual experience, just a feeling. Another nice feature is the translucent base which allows you to see the level of the charcoal you have left. Also this should be a lot neater to use. You aren’t handling dirty dusty bags of charcoal and getting “squirted” with charcoal dust when resealing the bags. If you’ve ever handled charcoal bags you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. Now in my case the bags of Wicked Good Lump that I used were wider than the 10” (25.33 cm) width of the Charcoal Caddy. This meant I couldn’t keep the charcoal in the bag inside of the Caddy, but the contents of the 22 pound (10 Kg) bag of lump fit inside of the Charcoal Caddy with no problem.

The construction of the Charcoal Caddy appears to be quite good. The top securely snaps onto the base and I am not at all worried about it popping off as I pour out the charcoal. The lid that you pour through also snaps on securely when you close it, so I feel it will keep the charcoal dry. It was easy enough to pour out the lump, but I did have to shake it a bit to free up some of the extra large pieces of lump that this bag contained. Some of these pieces were the size of two fists side by side. These were the biggest pieces of lump I’ve personally seen and the fact the Charcoal Caddy handled these with relative ease was encouraging.

So there you have it so far. I will write an update to this piece, once I get some more hands on time with this unit and some time has passed. But so far it seems like the perfect solution to my charcoal storage needs.


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