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Hardwood charcoal supply in San Diego?

Lanfear777 Apr 18, 2008 05:24 PM

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. foodiechick RE: Lanfear777 Apr 18, 2008 11:36 PM

    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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      Lanfear777 RE: foodiechick Apr 19, 2008 11:13 AM

      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. Alice Q RE: Lanfear777 Apr 20, 2008 05:30 PM

      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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        Enorah RE: Alice Q Apr 20, 2008 07:41 PM

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

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        LisaSD RE: Lanfear777 Apr 21, 2008 12:35 AM

        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. Leucadian RE: Lanfear777 Apr 29, 2008 04:25 PM

          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. Fake Name RE: Lanfear777 Apr 29, 2008 05:01 PM

            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:


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              Leucadian RE: Fake Name Apr 30, 2008 10:51 PM

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

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                Fake Name RE: Leucadian May 2, 2008 09:07 AM

                I did.

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              surfer1966 RE: Lanfear777 Apr 30, 2008 02:29 PM

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

              1. notjustastomach RE: Lanfear777 May 1, 2008 06:04 AM

                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

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