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!
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.
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.