For those who did not know this like I did not, might find it interesting.
Somebody the other day said Henry gave customers a free bag of coal to new car owners. I do not know if this is true, but could have been.
In the early 1920s, Ford had a large plant in Kingsford, a town named after Henry Ford's cousin. Henry Ford was always looking for new ways to combine resources. One day as the Model T cars were coming off the assembly line, Ford noticed many wood scraps being discarded. He proposed that all wood scraps were to be sent to his chemical building to be made into charcoal.
Kingsford is a brand of charcoal used for grilling, along with related products. The brand is owned by The Clorox Company.
The Kingsford Company was formed by Henry Ford and E.G. Kingsford during the early 1920s. Charcoal was developed from Ford Motor Company's factory waste wood scrap. The Kingsford Company was formed when E.G. Kingsford, a relative of Ford's, brokered the site selection for Ford's new charcoal manufacturing plant. The company, originally called Ford Charcoal, was renamed in E.G.ís honor.
Kingsford Charcoal is made from charred softwoods, pine, spruce etc. then mixed with ground coal and other ingredients to make a charcoal briquette. As of August 2000, Kingsford Charcoal contains the following ingredients:
Today, the Kingsford Products Company remains the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the US, enjoying 80 percent market share. More than 1 million tons of wood scraps are converted into charcoal briquets annually.
picture from Kingsford web site
https://www.kingsford.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/kfd-kingsfordcountry-09_081 2_004.jpgrd website
Actually pretty common knowledge for collectors of Ford books and memorabilia. Always something new to learn about the Ford legacy and history. Some things fact and others fiction!
Now, where did I store my Kingsford Charcoal Cooker??????
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My first attempts at outdoor cooking in Spain ended up with a lot of raw food. I subsequently found that there is a big difference between the charcoal briquettes I had always used in the States (like Kingsford makes) and the wood charcoal available here. The briquettes take some time to start up and then they burn for quite a long time. The wood coal burns very quickly and after leaving it burning to "warm up" there was no heat left to cook with! I learned to buy three or four bags at a time to get through a BBQ. :D
Interesting story about Kingsford, I didn't know about it. Thanks for posting Robert.