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Hardwood charcoal supply in San Diego?

San Diego is having perfect grilling weather. But, my usual supply store, Albertson's on Washington St., has broken my heart (alas, only mesquite). Where might a faithful 'hound find hardwood chunk charcoal?

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  1. I am sure there are better choices somewhere, but I do know that BBQs Galore used to carry a fairly good variety.

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    1. re: foodiechick

      Great idea (and a "duh" moment for me)! I called BBQs Galore in Kearny Mesa and they had a fresh supply in yesterday. Thanks again!

    2. Just saw a big pallet of bags of hardwood charcoal outside Trader Joes in La Mesa - they probably have it at their other stores too!

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      1. re: Alice Q

        Yup, that's where we always get ours. Trader Joes

      2. While I was walking out of Valley Farms Market in Spring Valley today, I saw these stacks of bags of "Sonora Charcoal" outside the front door. Has anyone ever tried that style?

        1. I've seen lump/chunk charcoal in most of the Mexican markets, although I've never bought any. I'll bet it's cheaper than TJ's or BBQ Galore.

          1. All lump is not alike. Or, not all lump is alike. I can never get it right. But you can look at this cool database, there are significant differences:

            http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpindexpag...

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            1. re: Fake Name

              Holy carbonized tree, Batman. Who knew there was such a site?!

            2. I saw some in front of Henry's Encinitas location.

              1. I prefer the hardwood charcoal from Whole Foods.
                Also, you can buy it through Kamado, which is located somewhere in the county. Info at http://kamado.com