Menu Icon Menu Print Icon Print Email Icon Email Reading List Icon Reading List Product Icon Product Fire Icon Fire Grill guide Icon Grill guide Beef Icon Beef Poultry Icon Poultry Chicken Icon Chicken Pork Icon Pork All Icon All Country Icon Country Seafood Icon Seafood Fruit and Veggies Icon Fruit and Veggies Vegetables Icon Vegetables Hamburger Icon Hamburger Spatula Icon Spatula Thermometer High Icon Thermometer High Thermometer Medium Icon Thermometer Medium Thermometer Low Icon Thermometer Low Tree Icon Tree Nose Icon Nose Picnic Table Icon Picnic Table Smoke Icon Smoke Table Clock Icon Clock Clock 10 Icon Clock 10 Clock 15 Icon Clock 15 Match Icon Match Grill Icon Grill Clean Grill Icon Clean Grill Arm Icon Arm Oven Icon Oven Charcoal Icon Charcoal Charcoalpile Icon Charcoalpile Charcoalpile 2 Icon Charcoalpile 2 Search Icon Search Right Arrow Icon Right Arrow Left Arrow Icon Left Arrow Down Arrow Icon Down Arrow Facebook Icon Facebook Twitter Icon Twitter Instagram Icon Instagram Pinterest Icon Pinterest Google Plus Icon Google Plus Youtube Icon Youtube Cloudy Weather Icon Cloudy Weather Sunny Weather Icon Sunny Weather Snow Weather Icon Snow Weather Rain Weather Icon Rain Weather Partly Cloudy Weather Icon Partly Cloudy Weather Charcoal on fire icon Charcoal on fire
Grilling.com has moved to Kingsford Country. The all-new Kingsford.com features how-tos, recipes, product info and news about the latest in BBQ. Slow down and BBQ with Kingsford. OK, got it
Skip to content

How to: charcoal storage

Keeping your Kingsford®—tips for storing your charcoal.
  1. kfd-[Storage]-[KINGSFORD_05_21_15_HOW_TO_CAM_A-1330]

    Avoid contact with water.

    Kingsford® Charcoal briquets and water are not friends. Leaving Kingsford® Charcoal out in the rain or even leaving it outside and exposed to fog, high humidity or dew means the briquets will not light efficiently. To avoid this, always store your briquets in a cool, dry place. Just grab the bag and bring it back into the garage with you, or roll the top of the bag shut and place it in an empty trash can or storage bin—with the lid on to protect it from the elements.

  2. Shelf life.

    The shelf life of Kingsford® Original Charcoal is indefinite so long as the product is stored in a cool, dry place. Kingsford® Mesquite has a shelf life of 1–2 years if stored properly, meaning the bag is unopened, free of tears or sealed tightly.

People use clamps or chip clips to seal the top of their open bag of Kingsford® Match Light® Charcoal to help keep the lighter fluid solvent from evaporating.
Top