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Take Your Lumps...

The_Grill_SergeantThe_Grill_Sergeant Posts: 87
edited October 2011 in EggHead Forum
Hey Gang,

I've noticed that folks are all over the map when it comes to what lump they choose to use.  Are there any advantages to BGE lump?  Should I even bother carrying BGE lump, or should I just tell my customers to go across the street to Wally World where they can get Royal Oak at a much better price?

Thanks for all your help!

Sarge
Egg Head in Klamath Falls, Oregon
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  • LitLit Posts: 3,634

    I prefer Ozark oak. I used to use Royal Oak but then bought 12 bags of Ozark Oak online with free shipping and there are much fewer small pieces to deal with. I might keep a couple bags of Royal Oak around to use in the mini. If you can get a Pallot of Ozark oak for a decent price I would do that. I paid under $9 a bag for a 10 pound bag and that was with free shipping.

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,924
    if the royal oak across the street is made in america, it IS bge lump. royal oak makes both brands. if you can stock the ozark mentioned, go for it, its one of the best lumps out there
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  • There has always been a rumor that the BGE lump made by Royal Oak is the "best stuff", but I've never seen that authoritatively substantiated, nor did I notice a difference myself in testing it.
    The Naked Whiz
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  • Where can you buy Ozark Oak over the internet for less than $9.00 with free shipping?
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  • LitLit Posts: 3,634

    http://www.grillstuff.com/ozark-oak-natural-lump-charcoal-10lb.html?productid=4441

     

    You have to spend $99 to get free shipping so I "had" to buy 12 bags.

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  • I have used BGE, Primo and Cowboy lump and found something other than wood in all 3. So I started making my own. 
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  • Wicked Good Lump
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  • Lit, by the way, I just ordered 12 bags also and they seem to have arrived in good shape.  I need to open a bag and check inside.  They come 3 bags to a box, so you get 4 boxes delivered by Fedex Ground.
    The Naked Whiz
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  • egginatoregginator Posts: 567
    Or go to elliott's hardware in Plano texas...
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  • Naked Whiz, I just read your post and did what you did...just ordered 12 bags.  All of your advice on these posts have been excellent so I'm with you.  I've only been an egger for 2 months so here is where I go to get info.  Been using BGE lump...it is ok but I'm ready to see what might be better.
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  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 1,081
    Just ordered 12 bags as well, thanks for the tip!
    Large, Small, and a LOT of Eggcessories!  Southlake, TX
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  • My BGE lump has a lot of very small pieces and a lot of dust. My 12 bags of Ozark will arrive this week. I'll post a comparison. Hope Naked Whiz does same.
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  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,101

    I won't be buying BGE lump due to cost ... here it is $30 a bag ... that's right $30 a bag ... get real!!!!

     

    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
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  • BGE Lump comes in 20lb bags.  I know what the wholesale cost is, so with a little profit on top, that's not a bad price compared to what I'm seeing on 10lb bags.
    Egg Head in Klamath Falls, Oregon
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  • LitLit Posts: 3,634
    Royal Oak is under $7 a bag for the 10 pound bag. I can get Ozark Oak delivered to my front door for $9 a bag for 10 pound bags and it is much better lump. $30 a bag is crazy for 20 pounds.
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  • Anyone know what, if any, difference there is between BGE lump and Weekend Warrior lump?
    Egg Head in Klamath Falls, Oregon
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  • JasperJasper Posts: 378
    Price. BGE lump is waaaay over priced.
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  • geegee Posts: 71

    Yeah BGE lump at the eggfest was 24.95FOR 20LBS That was what I can buy it at the dealer. I can buy royal oak at walmart for$6.87 for a 10 pound bag .

    Who cares I'll post where I want
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  • The only reason I ask is because my initial shipment came with 3 bags of each.
    Egg Head in Klamath Falls, Oregon
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  • SMITTYtheSMOKERSMITTYtheSMOKER Posts: 2,311
    edited October 2011

    Sarge,

    You can "read up" on any and all charcaol lump reviews on the naked whiz site.  Lots of info, most cutomers look it over from time to time.  We carry the Wicked Good product as it is hard to get in most areas of the country unless you order a pallet.  Your Egg distributor carries it in the western US.  You're better off with a variety to offer your clients.  We currently carry 18 different fuels, but we've been selling Eggs for 6 years now...you have to start somewhere.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • Got my 12 bags of Ozark Oak.  Here is my (untrained) comparison to BGE lump.  I am a new BGE guy and for 3 months I have used only BGE lump.  The Ozark bag has only large and medium chunks...almost no small and almost no dust.  It is harder than BGE...actually makes a "klinking" sound when I poured it into my 5 gal bucket transport bucket...BGE didn't.  Seemed like it was slightly more difficult to light using wax cubes and took about 5 minutes longer to get to cook temp.  Fire got HOT and burned clean.  I think I'll like it a lot.  Hope Naked Whiz also provides an analysis, he said he ordered some and I trust his evaluations.

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  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,101
    Let us know when the Whiz's anaysis is done eh?
    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
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  • Personally I just tried the compressed coconut shells. I thought it was great. I made beef jerky for the first time. I put in only enough charcoal that I could hold in my one hand. It did a great job. 14 hours at 165. Still some left at the end. It came in a 10kg(22lbs) for $24. Name of brand was Carcos. The bricks were about the size of a "Two-bite Brownie". Lit well and stayed lit.
    I won't buy the BGE charcoal due to it's price either. It's just charcoal.
    One note for my southern neighbours...Carcos is a product of Indonesia. Don't know if Buy American will apply to Coconut charcoal.
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  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,101

    How did you get a handful of charcoal to last 14 hrs ?

    Where did you get the coconut charcoal?

    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
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  • Is there a coupon to bring the cost of the Ozark Oak lump down to $9/bag?  Price on the Grillstuff website is now $10.95/bag...
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  • Commenting on Squeezy's question.
    I guess I shouldn't have said "a handfull" I used about 15 pieces of lump. I will include two pictures. One is of the charcoal itself and the other is of the remains of the 15 pieces after a 14 hour cook. Count them. I think there is still 15 pieces left. Just remember it was only set for 165 degrees. I used the DigiQII.
    Not sure why pictures as sideways.
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  • LitLit Posts: 3,634
    Is there a coupon to bring the cost of the Ozark Oak lump down to $9/bag?  Price on the Grillstuff website is now $10.95/bag...
    That sucks they raised the price. My parents have a place in Northern Arkansas and they went by Harps and got me a couple bags and they said they are bigger than the 10 pound bags I gave them and they were just over $4 a bag for the Ozark Oak.
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  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,273
    I would love to try some Ozark Oak but don't want to buy 10-15 bags until I give it a try. We are going to be traveling this Winter through Southern Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and perhaps Arkansas.  Can anyone tell me where I could buy a few bags?

    Barry
    Barry Lancaster, PA
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  • LitLit Posts: 3,634
    Harps foods has alot of locations in Arkansas just google harps foods and their site shows all the locations in Arkansas.
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  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,273
    I checked out Harps foods and they don't seem  to go South of Little Rock.  We probably won't get that far north. 

    Is Ozark Oak sold outside of Arkansas (Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama)?  I'm going to call the company (Ozark Oak Charcoal) and ask sometime next week. I couldn't find a web page for them.

    Barry
    Barry Lancaster, PA
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