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Philadelphia region need lump source

erickpangererickpanger Posts: 48
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum
OK I spent last Saturday hitting the common places near my home in Cherry Hill NJ outside of Philly. I was in search of something other than Cowboy which Lowe's and Home Depot carry

I went to Walmart nothing but Cowboy and Kingsford Briquette. Went to Ace Hardware Cowboy and  Kingsford Briquette. I can't find anything else. I know I can go to the BGE dealer and get BGE but honestly the bag they gave me when I bought the egg was not much different then the Cowboy stuff. Bunch of small pieces and lots of dust with a few chunks here and there.

So anyone got any other sources in this part of the world.


  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,852
    After checking some other BBQ dealers, i would check out local ace\true value hardware stores. 
    Or if you have a whole foods they have their own brand that worked pretty good for me.  

    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • MeatEaterMeatEater Posts: 22
    Check out Humphrey Charcoal, made in Brookville, PA.  Works great, nice size pieces.  Last I checked the Humphrey website, you could get a pallet of 20lb. bags for somewhere around $11.90 per bag, plus delivery charges.  If you have any wholesale food /poultry wholesalers around you, I would look there.  Sometimes these wholesalers carry lump, catering to fire companies, church groups, etc... that do chicken bbq's.  I get Humphrey at a local food wholesaler.  I just stopped one day checking around for lump in west central pa, and to my suprise they knew what I was talking about, and had it.  The problem is in my area, most places don't know what you are talking about when you ask if they have lump charcoal.
  • MattyMcMattyMc Posts: 81

    Try a drive to the Reading, PA area and go to Fred's. He has a variety of high end lump. You can check them out (including videos) on his website. We are lucky to have one of the best BGE dealers / BBQ stores around in the Philadelphia area. You will see from posts on here that people travel from all over to go to this store. I picked up several bangs of BGE, Restaurant, and Nature's Own last month to stock up for summer. I will definitely be back as there are not many places to buy anything besides Cowboy brand. Also, Wegman's brand (same maker as BGE brand but cheaper) is good for short cooks but the pieces are smaller and don't seem to stay hot as long as the better brands.

    Chester County, PA
  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 981
    I second the suggestion to go to Fred's even though the round trip probably would take you three hours.  His "Restaurant" brand is hands down the longest burning charcoal I have ever seen, but it does spark ferociously when lit with a torch. He also carries "Mojobricks," blocks of compressed wood chips that last for hours and hours. He often has demonstrations on the weekend. If you go, make sure you set a budget before you get there. It can get mighty expensive.   
    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
  • erickpangererickpanger Posts: 48
    Sounds like a trip up that way this weekend is on the agenda.
  • Hungry JoeHungry Joe Posts: 1,536

    Try here, I know they carry RO and they are a BGE dealer.

    Also the Walmart in Turnersville carries RO.

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