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Jul 8, 2008 06:18 PM

Hardwood lump charcoal in Chester Co?

Hi, first time poster. Quick background, I started cooking in college as a work study job and stuck with it for several years in various types of places (cooking from #10 cans in a community outreach daycare to $30/plate restaurant). Now it's just a hobby.

I realize that most of the posts on this board are about restaurants, but I'm wondering if anybody has any tips on places to get hardwood lump in and around Chester County. I recently moved to West Chester so I'm not very familiar with the area and I'd like to try some other brands besides Cowboy which is all I've found in the hardware stores and groceries in WC.


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  1. Most Wal-Marts sell Royal Oak lump charcoal (10 pounds in a red bag). Fireplace stores are another place to look if Wal-Mart is out of stock. Royal Oak is much better than Cowboy (see for lump charcoal ratings).