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Mar 9, 2006 07:15 AM

Royal Oak Lump Charcoal in Brooklyn

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I'm looking to stock up on charcoal. The best supply/price I've found is at Titan Foods in Astoria which is a mighty schlep from central Brooklyn. Does anyone know of a place in Brooklyn that stocks the 20 lb bags of lump charcoal at a reasonable price?


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  1. Is that the Brazilian charcoal? I feel like they had that at Eagle Provisions in Sunset Park once, but I'm not 100% sure. 5th and like 19th St., just south of Park Slope.

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    1. re: Lambretta76

      Nah. This stuff is from Alabama. Orange bag. Bigger chunks, (usually) burns a bit more slowly. Less ashy, I've found.

      Thanks, though.

      1. re: emkay

        I'd give the Brazilian stuff a try if you can - they are the world's experts on charcoal. (They should know, they're tearing down the jungle to make it.) That said, one of the charcoals I read come from farmed trees, which is better than ripping up virgin rainforest.

        1. re: Lambretta76

          Bite the bullet and drive back out to Queens (or Ferry Street, Newark or Willis Avenue, Mineola) with a U-Haul trailer and load up your waterproof backyard shed for the duration.

          A larger investment now, but the enjoyment return is huge with minimal TIME expended.

          Perhaps there is a distributor who could drop a shipment right at your door, if you buy enough...or a friendly local restauranteur willing to order at wholesale who'd bump it your way.

          1. re: Mike R.

            Good idea! Let us know when your shipment arrives so us Brooklynites can come by your place and buy a bag or two!

            The other option is to ask your local grocery store to stock it, and get some friends to do the same...they do try to stock what people want if they get enough requests. This might work since charcoal isn't perishable and it won't kill them to have it in inventory for a long time.

            1. re: Kenzi

              Well I just went up to Titan and loaded up. Some of the best olives in town as well. Not a bad trip, I suppose. Thanks for all of the suggestions!

        2. re: emkay

          hi, my name is jj. i am living at alabama now. i am looking for the supplier of this " royal oak lump charcoal". would you let me know where you got this in alabama? my e-mail is this is very urgent. thank you for your cooperation.


      2. Not at Lowe's or Home Depot, I guess...... I'd be interested in the answer as well.

        1. I've gotten it in Park Slope in the past. I want to say Key Food on 5th and Sterling--though right now I'm not sure they're stocking much charcoal.

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          1. re: Meg

            It's been getting harder and harder to find. Key Food does not have the Lump Charcoal (even though it was once advertised in its circular, early last year, they never got it in). It has the similar looking bags of Royal Oak briquets which might have confused you. Eagle only has 10 lb bags and they are quite expensive. Some years Pathmark has it, some years they don't. Same for Western Beef. Last year I gave up by mid-season and bought the Cowboy brand lump charcoal at Home Depot (or was it Lowes?). Not quite the same, I know, but a lot easier to find. They come in smaller bags (4 kg) but are comparably priced to Royal Oak 20 pounders.

            So if anyone finds Royal Oak lump in Brooklyn this year, please post. I'll do the same.

            1. re: bobjbkln

              Really--in the summertime, that big Key Food has a huge selection of charcoal, including the natural hardwood stuff. Yes, it's possible I'm thinking of the briquettes, but I've definitely gotten lump at Key Food. Also, the Coop always sells lump charcoal in the summer--not this brand, but still.

              1. re: Meg

                The Coop has actually had natural charcoal in small batches all winter - 3 bags at a time appear underneath the auxillary beer shelves by the tofu/egg cooler. Page for it if you don't see it, maybe not everybody knows to bring it up from the basement.
                We grilled last weekend!

                The Turkish grocery store in Sunset Park also has big bags year round - again, no idea what brand but it is the stuff that looks like wood.
                60th St and 8th Ave, Brooklyn

                1. re: Meg

                  Yes, they did have lump charcoal in the shiney green bag. I forgot the brand name, but it was very expensive (the 4 kg [8.8 lbs] bag is more that the 20 lb bag of Royal Oak elsewhere). Plus the charcoal is nowhere near as good as Royal Oak (odd size pieces, scrap lumber pieces, etc-- doesn't burn as nicely).

                  1. re: bobjbkln

                    the one at the coop is in a brown paper bag . . .

              2. re: Meg

                I saw it at the Pathmark across from the Atlantic Terminal mall last summer. I don't know if you can still find it there.

              3. Brooklyn termial market in Canarsie Brooklyn. They carry it throught the market.

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                1. re: FAL

                  Do you know which weekend vendors sell it there? We'll certainly be going to the BTM to get plants this spring. Love to pick up some charcoal as well if we could find it.

                  1. re: bobjbkln

                    Just look around I always get it there. I just forget what vendor. Trust me you will find it there .

                2. I've seen them in a number of mom and pop shops on Ave U betwn Ocean Ave and Nostrand Ave all winter long. These places cater to the Russian, Turk, Uzbecki communities in the area. My Russian neighbor has been barbequing all winter and I've been getting a delicious lamb chop or two out of the deal. Sboseva!

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                  1. re: The Condor

                    Royal Oak 20 lb bags are available at Pathmark by Lowe's on 13th street and Hamilton Avenue (by the underpass) but interestingly enough, these 20 lbs bags are made in Paraguay. The Naked Whiz ( has reviewed the USA made RO and the Argentinian RO, but not this version, so I"m interested in how it performs.

                    Cowboy Brand charcoal, in all its sub-brands (Martha Stewart, etc.) is HORRIBLE. Avoid at all costs.

                    1. re: Rocknrope

                      I KNEW I should have kept my mouth shut! I went to the Pathmark yesterday, and no 20 lb bags of RO left, only two small bags. Plenty of Kingsford though....

                      Thanks AROT!

                      1. re: Rocknrope

                        Just drove by what appeared to be a big display of Royal Oak lump in the 20lb bag. At the big corner fruit stand on McDonald Ave and Ave I (near ShopRite, Kids-n-Action and Sandoony). No idea of price.

                      2. re: Rocknrope

                        Agree on Cowboy - worst charcoal I have ever used. Garden of Eden on Montague had an acceptable brand - I can't remember the name - almost as good as Royal Oak. Actually saw a bag of it (Royal Oak) in a bodega down the street from the Lemon Ice King of Corona - but I know that is not helpful