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Quality Hardwood Charcoal

CocoaNut Apr 11, 2010 10:34 AM

Where do you buy yours in the D/FW area? Years ago, BBQ-Galore had a store brand that was clean, uniform chunks of charcoal made from unprocessed wood (not milled lumber) that would burn, leaving virtually no ashy residue. They quit making it.

Since then, no matter the price, I've been unable to find anything equal - its all crap. I find every thing from rocks, to blackened baseboard runs, but mostly the problems is that there is no uniformity in "(non)chunk" size which can vary from small shards to foot-plus long limbs.

I'd love to find some that is 2 - 3" inch dia. chunks. Any suggestions?

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    CocoaNut Aug 16, 2010 02:18 PM

    Thanks Scagnetti! for the rec to Whole Foods brand of charcoal which is the best I've found in some time. Have used about 1/2 bag, it gets screaming hot, burns clean (no off smell) with very little ash, quick to light, no visible sparks and though I didn't keep a timer on it, after an hour it was still hot enough for cooking at a medium heat. Keeping my finger crossed that the "chunks" don't go to slivers toward the last 1/3 of the bag. Even if..... I'm still very happy with the overall reliability.

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      Charles Nixon May 20, 2010 10:11 AM

      I've used B&B for years, but now much prefer the Royal Oak sold at Walmart. There are fewer very large or very small pieces and much less dust compared to B&B. This R O is made in USA, whereas the B&B products are actually made in Argentina--check the fine print on the bags. The best deal I've found this spring is 20# B&B oak for $10.49 a bag at the Plano Central Market. Happy grilling!

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        CocoaNut May 18, 2010 03:18 PM

        Having been very pleased with the B&B brand through 3 or 4 uses in recent weeks.... yesterday evening, not so much so. There was one or more pieces of coal that sparked up like a bottle rocket X 10.

        If you're planning to use this in a wooded, leafy or dry area, I would not recommend this brand of coal. Too bad as it has good sized, mostly uniform lumps, burns relatively hot for a good sear and produces little ash.

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          eulogite Apr 25, 2010 06:19 PM

          The nakedwhiz link has more info on natural charcoal than you would care to read. They also give very high marks to Royal Lump which you can find at Walmart. That's what goes in my BGE.

          1. Scagnetti Apr 12, 2010 12:31 PM

            I've had good luck with WF's charcoal.

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              CocoaNut Apr 12, 2010 01:56 PM

              Thanks! I just recently heard that WF had a brand and was where I was headed before deciding to do this post. I purchased the BB earlier today (12.99/20#). If it doesn't work for me, I'll definitely try WF.... but Academy is SO much closer. I have my fingers crossed for the B&B.

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                RobbnTX Apr 12, 2010 02:49 PM

                B&B is good, made from I believe Mexican oak, not sure though if that is white or red oak, and B&B is also available from Albertsons. In addition Albertsons markets a Dallas Cowboy brand charcoal, available in briquettes or lump that is pretty darn good too.


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                  DallasDude Apr 12, 2010 02:51 PM

                  There is usually a large selection of woods available at Alberstons. The ONLY reason to go to Albertsons.

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                    kylewilliam Apr 13, 2010 11:10 AM

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

            2. LewisvilleHounder Apr 12, 2010 07:58 AM

              What about the B&B brand that is from Weimar, Texas. Below is the website. I have used it with good results. Although the pieces might not be uniform chunks it is good quality charcoal. I have even seen it at Wal-Mart but you might want to check out their website/call to get a list of vendors in your immediate area.


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                CocoaNut Apr 12, 2010 08:51 AM

                Will give it a try. I'm headed to Academy Sports to pick up a 20# bag. Thank you very much LH!

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                  kylewilliam Apr 12, 2010 01:02 PM

                  I bought a bag of Kingsford lump at Market Street in Plano. Burned nice and hot, not too many sparks while in the chimney starter. Solidly average.

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                    CocoaNut Apr 25, 2010 01:28 PM

                    So I grilled 2 1-1/2" rib eyes using the B & B and am pretty pleased with it. Good size lumps in the 2 - 3" diameter that I was looking for. There were a number of smaller chips, but none so small to allow them to fall through the grates. It burned very hot and clean with minimal sparks. Due to the large lump size, it burned 2 - 3 time longer than any of my more recent purchases, producing very little ash. Thanks again!

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