Pellets impart true wood flavour to your food. This is not a heavy, acrid, smoky taste, but one which derives from guaiacol (gweye-a-kol), the flavour molecules which get released when you burn the lignin present in all wood. Manufacturers produce charcoal briquettes by burning wood into “char” (thus its name), which burns up all the flavour molecules. So briquettes have no natural flavour. Like propane or natural gas, they just provide a heat source. And briquettes contain Borax and limestone and usually get lit with a volatile organic compound. Pellet are all natural, ours contain no additives whatsoever.