How to Store Charcoal Briquettes

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Things You'll Need

  • Charcoal briquettes

  • Airtight plastic soap bucket

  • Caulk

Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust and wood scraps that have had the moisture sucked out of them and burned in an extremely hot oven until they become charred. The many uses of charcoal are truly remarkable, but it is mostly known for its use in outdoor grilling. Charcoal is considered a combustible material and can therefore be dangerous if not stored properly. It is important to learn how to store charcoal briquettes safely.


Step 1

Place charcoal briquettes in an airtight plastic soap bucket. A 30-pound laundry bucket will hold around 15 pounds of charcoal briquettes.

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Step 2

Squeeze a line of caulking all the way around the edge of the lid and press firmly with even pressure to make sure the lid gets sealed tightly.

Step 3

Store the container in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight and away from any heat source.


If briquettes become damp or wet, dry them out in a single layer, making sure to keep them uncovered and away from other fuel sources or combustibles.


Never place used briquettes back into the plastic storage container, even if only partially used. Store them in a metal fireproof container instead.


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