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Good hardwood lump charcoal around Arlington?

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Does anyone know where I can get decent hardwood lump charcoal in the Arlington area? Harris Teeter sells some pretty good lump, but they only sell it in teeny little bags. Home Depot sells big bags of lump, but it's crappy, scrap-wood charcoal. I think Wal-Mart and Lowes sells some, but the closest ones are outside of the beltway and I was hoping to find a retailer a little closer to home along the Wilson Blvd / Lee Highway / Rt. 50 corridor.

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  1. i am not sure exactly what constitutes 'good' hardwood charcoal, but most hardware stores, like Ayer's in Westover or Brown's in Falls Church City carry large bags. I imagine similar places like Cherrydale Hardware do too. Maybe worth giving them a call.

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    1. re: Steve

      Sorry, I guess "good" is probably redundant. Just looking for hardwood as opposed to the scrap-wood stuff Home Depot sells. I'll check out your suggestions. Thanks!

      1. re: terpdx

        I buy the old shop floor sweepings charcoal, Royal Oak brand as I recall, from Restaurant Depot. That's what all of the Peruvian chicken and kabob places use. It burns fine and doesn't smell of chemical solvents or glue. It's not as cheap as it used to be (I guess fuel costs have cut into that) but it's enough of a saving over the Cowboy brand at Home Depot (which is probably the next best deal) that it's worth a trip a couple of times a season.

        There's a Kingsford premium line that's probably hand cut on Mt. Olympus by anointed virgins, but geez, it's just wood once it starts burning. If you're not satisfied with the results you can get with readily available charcoal, you're more of a BBQ maven than most.

        1. re: MikeR

          The Royal Oak stuff is perfect. I don't believe I qualify for a Restaurant Depot membership, but I think one of my friends has one, so maybe I can ask him to pick up a few bags for me. Thanks for the heads-up!

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