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gonefishin Mar 30, 2007 07:15 AM

Hi all :)

As the nicer weather is near I find myself thinking more and more of grilling outside with my charcoal grill. Currently I am grilling on my gas grill...but my lump coals are still in winter hibernation.

This got me wondering...What's your favorite Lump charcoal and where do you buy it from?

happy grillin'
dan

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    mattrapp Apr 4, 2007 11:16 AM

    The Walmarts here in Ohio carry Royal Oak lump charcoal,$4.50/10# bag. I really like the flavor.

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      amoncada Apr 4, 2007 12:49 PM

      Hmmm, I wonder if Target carries it? Walmart is far for me.

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      gonefishin Apr 4, 2007 06:46 AM

      well...so much for grillin' weather :( Today is in the 20's and 30's. Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      dan

      1. abf005 Mar 30, 2007 04:17 PM

        I've stopped using charcoal altogether, for some reason I started to dislike the taste of the smoke on my food, and I've noticed it more since I started using "clean wood" chucks (hickory, apple, oak and mesquite).

        This is especially true in my smokers & gas grill. For the Weber gas grill I bought a "steam & chips" attachment, that's gotta be the best $$ I've spent as far as accessories go. It hold 2-4 good size wood chunks (or pound of chips) which can give me enough smoke for around 2-3 grill outings.

        As to where? the Internet by bulk is best here are 2 good ones:
        http://www.barbecuewood.com/-strse-10--dsh--50-pct--DISCOUNTS-cln-Chunks/Categories.bok

        http://goodecompany.com/detail.aspx?I... BTW: speaking as a bbq nut, these guys have some really great "Q"!

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          Chicago Wine Geek Apr 2, 2007 10:13 AM

          I've been stuck with Cowboy and hate it. That's all I can find in the Naperville area. I'll have to check in with the place I got my Big Green Egg and see if they are still stocking their brand of lump.

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            zeegaziga Sep 21, 2007 11:43 AM

            Wannamakers at Oden just east of 355 carries BGE lump

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            amoncada Apr 4, 2007 11:15 AM

            I agree with you on the smoke flavor. I too get tired of it. My mom and brother have requested that I lighten up on the smoke flavor. It's a matter of taste. I use apple, cherry and oak because of their lighter smoke flavoring rather than mesquite.

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            amoncada Mar 30, 2007 09:08 AM

            Menards and Trader Joes sell Cowboy Lump Charcoal. Whole Foods carries the 365 house brand. The Cowboy brand gets mixed reviews. I usually buy the Cowboy brand because Menards and Trader Joes are conveniently located near my house. I live in Andersonville, anyone know of another source for Lump charcoal close to my home?

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              gonefishin Mar 30, 2007 11:49 AM

              Hi amoncada,

              I'd really try and steer clear of the Cowboy Lump (which is bagged under a couple other brands). They actually package tongue and groove flooring as hardwood lump...yuk!

              here's a review (http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpdatabase...). I found the same findings that the reviewers did in the two bags of Cowboy lump that I bought.

              I usually order online...but I think I've seen Royal Oak Lump sold at Home Depot or Lowe's. I'll keep an eye open and let you know where I see it.

              take care,
              dan

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                amoncada Apr 4, 2007 11:12 AM

                Yes, I see your point...stay away from Cowboy Lump Charcoal. Maybe I should fire up my leftover 4" oak flooring...would likely impart better flavor than Cowboy Lump. Unfortunately, the cowboy brand is all I can find in my area. The only Royal Oak charcoal I've seen is the briquet variety. Thanks for tip.

            2. weinstein5 Mar 30, 2007 09:04 AM

              I get mine from the Backyard Barbecue Store in Wilmette - I believe they carry Royal Oak - also have a great selection of woods for smoking and other BBQ supplies -

              1147 Greenleaf Ave
              Wilmette, IL
              (847) 251-2272
              http://backyardbbqstore.com/home.html

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                Original Kman Mar 30, 2007 08:52 AM

                I go to Berger Brothers. They are a distributor - so the name on the bag may vary. Good quality lump with good pricing. Don't forget to toss a tip to the guy that loads it into your vehicle. :)

                Berger Brother's Charcoal
                1176 N Cherry Ave
                Chicago, IL 6062
                312-642-4238

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                  drake Mar 30, 2007 08:16 AM

                  Hey dan, I almost always have good results using Grove hardwood charcoal. I get mine from Sunset foods.

                  Firing up the charcoal grill is the only thing that gets me through winter...

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