No more dirty charcoal hands! No more mess!
Don't struggle with that bag. Innovative new packaging makes it easier to lift and pour charcoals.
1) Handling charcoals is a dirty job; It gets users hands dirty.
2) Handling charcoal bag can be difficult due to weight and irregularly shaped contents: i.e. charcoal briquettes
3) Heavy cumbersome bag is difficult for many users
Innovative "easy pour" packaging design means clean hands and easy pour for the user.
How to use
I think it would be great to have a plastic storage bin for year around use of charcoal. It would need to come loaded in charcoal and then refill with bags of Kingsford. It should come with a scoop and a portable bucket so you can take enough along for a one time use ... at say the park, river or camping. It should prominently display the Kingsford Name, logo, colors, so your neighbors can see it.
"Breathing" holes bored through each charcoal briquette would greatly increase the oxygenated air flowing through the charcoal as well as the exposed surface area for burning. Fire would catch and spread more quickly and each briquette would burn and "whiten" more evenly. Each bag would weigh less because of the charcoal missing from the holes, also resulting in less material use and production cost.
A briquette could either have one hole in the center [o]
or four or five small holes [::],
whichever proves more efficient.
My idea is maybe flavored charcoal in smaller bags? I know they have hickory already..but maybe others like teriyaki, apple, citrus etc..and have labels on them, ie. "great for chicken" ,"fantastic for pork". It would smell wonderful and would be one less step if people only want a hint of flavor.
Not sure if you’ve ever experienced the frustration of opening a regular charcoal bag. Not only they are hard to open, once you open them keeping them closed can be a challenge. I think that replacing the paper bags with plastic bags or a stronger material would make is easier to open, store, and dispense. Moreover, they should have a press on zipper on top similar to Ziploc bags to make opening and closing easier. They could also have a scoop attached to it to make dispensing cleaner and faster.
I notice when I go to the grocery store, many steaks have a label such as "PURE ANGUS BEEF" "NOLEN RYAN BEEF" - which Nolen Ryan is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Okay, so it is a selling point for people shopping in the store to purchase a steak or meat that has a special label on it letting them know it is a product that is backed by a company they trust.
Well, if Kingsford struck some deal were you guys put your label on steaks sold at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Albertsons or Tom Thumb (Safeway) for example you would be really making a smart move. Why? Because everytime someone picked up on of your steaks and saw the Kingsford Label they would automatically think about barbacuing and purchasing other Kingsford products like charcoal to have a BBQ with. Otherwise they might cook the steak on a skillet and not have the charcoaling idea in mind.
I think this is an excellent idea and it is worth a $1,000 prize, which if I won this prize, I would celeberate with my family by purchasing Kingsford charcoal and having a steak party as well as catch up on a few important bills I have. Thank you for letting me share my idea, hope to see your steaks in the stores.
30 briquette pyramid ready to set on an electric starter for easy start. Falls apart once lit and burning.
I would create a worm made out of metal with presoaked strings of lighter fluid on the side. You would take a piece of string, place it inside the worm, and put the worm underneath the charcoal keeping the top of the string above the charcoal. Then, you light the string and as it burns all the way down it turns on the charcoal with minimal effort.
Kingsfords charcoal already provides great flavor, but how about a flavored charcoal additive like hickory , peach wood, apple wood, or even vanilla. The amount of things to test are limitless.
Try with R@D and see what you guys come up with. When I barbeque I usually use apple wood chips from an old apple tree, It provides extra great flavor. I can just see the campaign slogan right now. "FOR EXTRA FLAVOR TO YOUR BARBEQUE TRY NEW FLAVORED CHARCOAL" .
1 load of charcoal in a coffee can sized container with handle, that would double as a chimney starter. Pull the seals off the top and the holes on the side, add some paper underneath and light. Once coals are hot dump onto grill at the beach or park. Wham done, no need to haul big bag of coals and your own chimney starter and get the car all messy. When you are done eating, the chimney/container should be cool enough to dispose of properly. The handle could be made of low cost wood, like most starters use. The method of "sealing" the charcoal in could also be used to start the chimney as the fuel underneath as well maybe.
edit: link to pic now fixed.