An American Story
The history of Kingsford Charcoal is a classic American story. It all starts in 1919 when Edward G. Kingsford helped Henry Ford procure a stretch of timberland to supply wood for his auto plants.
Mr. Ford wondered if all the wood waste generated by his sawmill and plants could be put to better use, and found his answer in a new process for pressing blocks of reconstituted char. While the innovative charcoal briquet was initially marketed under Ford’s own brand, it was eventually renamed Kingsford® Charcoal in Edward’s honor. The rest, as they say, is history.
Leading the Way
Today, Kingsford converts more than one million tons of wood waste into briquets every year, making Kingsford Products Company the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the United States. Our charcoal—from the Kingsford Original briquets you grew up with to premium varieties used by competitive cooks—has become synonymous with authentic grilling, good food and most importantly, good times.
Made in America with 100% North American Ingredients
We’re proud to say that Kingsford Charcoal has been made in the USA, with 100% North American Ingredients, for nearly a century. It’s why passionate outdoor cooks across the country trust nothing but Kingsford to fuel their fire. Real charcoal flames. Real wood smoke. Real fire-grilled flavor.