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Question: Sourcing lump charcoal in Aberdeen?

Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
edited 6:47AM in EggHead Forum
Hi all, Happy New Year!

Been gone awhile, been busy relocating from hot Houston Texas to cold Aberdeen, Scotland!

Still without my Egg for another 3.5 weeks... but looking to get a head start on sourcing stuff. Found a good butcher and fishmonger (that sells live North Sea lobster!) on accident, just by walking around... but I haven't had any luck finding anywhere that sells lump charcoal. I guess being the middle of winter it's not a hot seller. hah.

Anyone have any suggestions on places to look for lump charcoal and/or wood smoking chips in Aberdeen?




  • NC-CDNNC-CDN Posts: 703
    I hope you find it. I have plenty of family in Aberdeen. Don't think any of them are grillers that I know of.

    Enjoy it. Love the stone houses in Aberdeen. Granite I think it was. Nice golf there too. I played a course right on the water in the city over Christmas years ago. They play on "winter greens". Good luck and enjoy!
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Drink a few Tennents Lagers and the lump{s} will come to you! ;)
  • PattyOPattyO Posts: 883
    Is there a Restaurant Depot near you? I found their price on Royal Oak (USA) much cheaper than Walmart, and they carry it all year.
  • There is an American Food Store in Aberdeen you may want to try (at least it was there in 1987). We lived in Nairn and would make it to Aberdeen about once a year and would stop in at the store to get real important stuff like grits, cereals, saltine crackers, ritz crackers, and hot dogs. :S

    It was known to all as "The American Food Store". :)

    The first time you cook a chicken or pork chop you may be a little surprised - I told my traveling companion it was bas- throw it out. It's fine - just smells that way because they are fed fish meal. For chicken that is grain fed we shopped at Marks & Spencer. Of course the trees are a lot taller since we were there and some things may have changed.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    in scotland?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • irishrogirishrog Posts: 375
    There is a company importing Eggs into England, and my distributor gets BGE charcoal through him. This is the best charcoal I have found here in Ireland.
    His web site is and he should be able to advise on your nearest distributor of all things EGG. If it is available here in Ireland it should also be available in Scotland.
    A friend of mine in Wales gets his charcoal from a guy who supplies wholesale to the local Indian restaurants where they use large amounts of charcoal, and Indian food is very popular in this part of the world.
  • James MBJames MB Posts: 356
    I can't vouch for these people but I came across their site yesterday when researching wood pellet supply (another story).
    I used charcoal in the same big (blue) bags 5yrs ago and it was pretty good and big pieces.
    You'll find it hard to get charcoal in the winter - there are a few online sources.
    For future in the spring try a bag of season's lump from Tesco, B&Q etc then you know whether to pounce when they discount it at the end of July! is particularly handy for this as they deliver, though I'm not sure my wife was impressed when I added 15 bags of lump to a grocery order !

    Good luck and welcome to Scotland.
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