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I received three 20 pound bags of Rockwood lump from #Stlcharcoal a little while back and have been cooking with it for the last several days. I've done low and slow (smoked turkey), medium (Salmon), high heat (pizza), and a lot of stuff in between (filets, stuffed flank steak, appetizers, burgers, and beer can chicken). The lump pieces in the first bag I've opened weren't huge, mostly medium sized, and hardly any chips or dust. The box the bags came in was pretty beat up by the time it reached me so I'm betting the pieces were a little bigger before they were shipped. It is very easy to light and has very little sparking (I use a map torch). You need to watch it at start up because it heats up very quickly. Last night I lit 4 places, went into the kitchen to start my prep, came out less than 7 minutes later and it was already at 550 dome temp. Very quickly burns off any VOCs and tastes great on any meat I cooked (haven't baked with it yet). It maintained low and slow (225) with no problem at all for the turkey and can wrap the dome thermo with no problem. It seems to burn very efficiently and has less ash than most of the other lump I use (I cooked the low and slow and 4 other meals without adding more charcoal or cleaning out the ash. I'm very impressed with this charcoal.
So far, Rockwood is as good as the best bag of ozark oak or dragon breath that I have ever used. It is far better than any bag of BGE, Wicked Good, RO, GFS, or B&B I've used.
I'm doing two 9 pound boston butts and 19 pound brisket this weekend and will provide more of a review after 20 to 24 hours of low and slow.
Thanks #stlcharcoal for going out of your way to letting me try your product. I can hardly wait to hear the Naked Whiz's review.
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