Applewood is a rare timber, suitable timber for charcoal only comes available when orchard owners remove trees to 'replant / refresh' orchards.
It's as hard as nails, blunting both chainsaws and our tractor PTO circular saw. It takes a long, long time to season and then when seasoned, it takes the longest to prepare and cook into charcoal, as the wood weighs a 'ton'.
For all this hardship, the flavour is worth the effort - the charcoal is dense and long burning, highly carbonised with rich-smokey fruit & distinctive aromatic notes that will give a great flavour.
As a result of its rarity, prices for timber make this the most expensive charcoal available from Stag charcoal.