Has anyone purchased a good, long lasting charcoal block lately,
one that doesn't check and disintegrate immediately.
I bought a compressed charcoal block at Allcraft in NYC.
Haven't used it very long but it came recommended as one that
lasts much longer. Just wrap with binding wire.
As to the brand name, it's German and the black wrapper says
"naturholzkohlen praparierte PaNa."
Hope this helps.