O.K., I’m kidding. Kind of. Lump charcoal does have its place, and I use it on occasion—typically when I’m using my charcoal grill to smoke something. However, 90 percent of the time, I reach for the briquettes, and here’s why: They’re consistent. Every batch of lump charcoal burns differently and every bag is different in terms of the shape and size of the lumps inside. Each Kingsford briquette is a cookie-cutter of the one next to it, and while burns times vary due to external influences, for the most part I have a pretty good idea of how hot they will get and how long they will last.