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The Kingsford logo
Product type Charcoal
Owner The Clorox Company
Country U.S.
Introduced 1920s
Website kingsford.com

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.’s 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:[1]

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.[2]


In the early 1920s, Ford had a large plant in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; to be exact, 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.


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Yahoo Sports (blog)

Yahoo Sports (blog)
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:41:56 -0800

"Kingsford Charcoal has become one of the many companies to use the likeness of a famous amateur basketball player for marketing purposes during that mad, mad month of March," a press release revealing the limited edition bags read. Kingsford is just ...

PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:00:00 -0700

In addition to Kingsford charcoal, Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Pine-Sol® cleaners; Liquid Plumr® clog removers; Poett® home care products; Fresh ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:15:00 -0700

They renamed it Kingsford Charcoal and persuaded the major supermarket chains to carry it. By 1963, barbecues, like cars, were icons of American leisure. As an article in Reader's Digest observed, “Cooking with charcoal . . . is now as deeply ingrained ...
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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:15:00 -0700

... Clorox Healthcare, HealthLink, Aplicare and Dispatch products, Green Works naturally derived home care products, Pine-Sol cleaners, Poett home care products, Fresh Step cat litter, Glad bags, wraps and containers, Kingsford charcoal, Hidden Valley ...
PR Newswire (press release)
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:11:21 -0700

OAKLAND, Calif., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The maker of Kingsford Charcoal has become one of the many companies to use the likeness of a famous amateur basketball player for marketing purposes during that mad, mad month of March.
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:18:45 -0700

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Lebanon Democrat
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 08:45:00 -0700

“He and (former NFL coach) Steve Mariucci went to one of the local lakes,” said Ward, who grew up in Kingsford (home of Kingsford Charcoal) while Izzo and Mariucci are from next-door Iron Mountain. “My girlfriends and I were some of those who liked to ...


Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:22:30 -0800

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