Our Story

Springbok Braai Brings African Hardwood to North America & Canada. 

Now North America and Canada can fuel their smokers, grills, and ovens with African cooking wood products and be inducted in the "braai" culture of Southern Africa.

 

Our goal at Springbok Braai is to source the best African hardwood and fuel products (Lump, Briquette and Pellet Charcoal) for outdoor fire cooking. To make it available affordably and sustainably to the North American and Canadian markets, Americans and Canadians can also braai! 

If you cooked once with African hardwood, you would know there simply is no comparison to it anywhere else on the planet. It brings flavour, heat, and its density, hours and hours of cooking pleasure. That is why we consider it a critical element of what we call a "braai".

The Braai

The word "braai" is used across many languages and cultures of Southern Africa. The mere mention conjures images of good food, good company, and an all-round good time living.

When you braai, you turn an ordinary meal into a mini-celebration. During a braai, you will find people gathering around an open fire, grids packed with slabs of meat, and heavenly aromas filling the air to cement lifelong friendships - the way it's been done for thousands of years. 

At Springbok Braai, we hope not only to provide the flame to your next braai but also to induct you into the ritual fellowship. It all starts with the fuel for your fire.

Our Wood

All our cooking fuels are sustainably sourced and in consideration of Africa's socio-economic challenges.

Springbok Braai is a unique product made from a blend of the finest hardwoods from Africa:

  • Black Thorn (Acacia mellifera)
  • Red Thorn (Acacia reficiens)
  • Umbrella Thorn (Acacia tortillis) 
  • Mopane (Colosphernum mop)
  • Lowfeld Cluster Leaf (Terminalia prunioides)
  • Wild Teak (Pterocarpus angolensi) (only trees that died naturally and have no economic timber value are used) and others

These are fine-grained hardwoods with a very high density. For example, Oak and Maple typically weigh between 600 to 750 kg/m³, while Acacia weighs in the vicinity of 1,100 kg/m³ and Mopane 1,200 kg/m³. Our charcoal contains a high percentage of Mopane. The result is that you use less fuel, it burns hotter (up to 5 times), and it burns longer (easily twice as long).

The Acacia trees are known to Southern African nations as invader bush because of their invasive nature, requiring removal to benefit the land.  They soak up the moisture from the soil with their very shallow root base and chokes native species.  It also proliferates, allowing it to survive in more arid conditions to the detriment of the preferred species in its vicinity.

Acacia trees have thorns and cattle have trouble in grazing among these trees.  It forms impenetrable clusters as it grows and eliminates grass ideal for cattle and wildlife grazing. There are ongoing initiatives from Governments in Southern Africa to remove invader bush and allow grasslands to recover and animal and plant life to flourish. These bushes are the main ingredients to our cooking fuels. Not only are we helping to maintain the African bush. We are also contributing to the development of work and business opportunities for local African communities.

Acacia- and Mopane trees are great for charcoal production because of its density. It has a high carbon content, with very low moisture content, and therefore delivers premium quality charcoal.

Characteristics of our Fuels 

  • Lights easily.
  • Heats quickly.
  • Has a low smoke and spark heat development.
  • Burns longer.
  • Burns hotter.
  • Produces less ash.
  • Requires less charcoal and smaller chunks.
  • Great aroma and taste.
  • Economically sustainable.
  • Density provides a smaller form factor - needing less fuel to do the same job.
  • Ecologically conscious.

 

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