Henry Ford, Cars…and Charcoal

Henry Ford was known for his innovations in the automotive industry, but did you know that he also had a hand in the development and marketing of charcoal briquettes? In the early 1920s, Ford was looking for a way to use the wood waste from his sawmill operations in Michigan. Ford’s charcoal briquettes were made from wood scraps, cornstarch, and water. They were easy to light and burned for a long time, making them ideal for use in backyard barbecues. Ford marketed his briquettes through his network of automobile dealerships, and they quickly became popular. Today, charcoal briquettes are a staple of backyard barbecues around the world. And it all started with Henry Ford’s vision to find a way to use wood waste and make it into a useful product.

In this video, we’ll take a look at the history of charcoal briquettes and Henry Ford’s role in their development. So next time you are grilling up a burger or hot dog, take a moment to thank Henry Ford for his contribution to the world of charcoal briquettes. Enjoy the video, then please take a moment to subscribe, comment, and share.