The first Charcoal Briquettes was invented and patented by Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania in 1897. The Zwoyer Fuel Company built charcoal briquette manufacturing plants after World War I in the New York and Massachusetts. In the year 1920, the briquettes were put to practical use by Henry Ford by taking some help from Thomas Edison. Charcoal briquettes are smokeless and hot-burning and a consistent heat for long periods is provided by them.