GOOD FOOD STARTS WITH GOOD FUEL
No chemicals, no fillers — just nature’s hottest burning natural ingredients from the tropical forests of Africa.
These shells provide a consistent heat release to keep your grill going longer and produce less carbon.
PALM KERNEL shells
These tiny kernels create an intense burn and their low ash content keeps your hands cleaner.
Starchy and sticky, this beauty will hold anything together — even a Tropicoal briquette!
Nothing but Pure Energy
Tropicoal’s three ingredients each have their job to do, leaving you with pure energy and zero ingredients that only add weight (fillers).
MAKING AN IMPACT
Tropicoal does far more than just transform your grill — it creates livelihoods. We work with a network of 24,000 smallholder farmers across West and East Africa. Our primarily women-led cooperatives gather and sell the ingredients that would normally go to waste. Then our team, most of whom are refugees, use those ingredients to make Tropicoal briquettes. We care about making every impact we can.
JUST HOW DO WE MAKE TROPICOAL?
Tropicoal is made in different places across the world and each country has its own story of how food waste becomes fuel — here’s how we do it in Liberia.
2.4 million pounds of coconut shells and 7.6 million pounds of palm kernel shells go to waste every single year in Liberia alone.
Shells are transported in canoes (locally pronounced as “kee-no”) through waterways along the Atlantic Ocean.
Shells are burned in mud kilns for up to 12 hours in a low-oxygen environment. This is called “carbonization” and turns the shells into fuel.
Cassava byproduct sourced from local restaurant waste is boiled down to create an all-natural starch that binds the briquettes together.
Carbonized shells are crushed and mixed with cassava starch, then pressed and dried into Tropicoal briquette shapes.