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Winter/Lump Options

I got my LBGE in August. I am just now out of the bag of lump that came with it. I stopped by Walmart to get some Royal Oak, as the Naked Whiz reviews are good and it seems to be a favorite on here. However, it is now "out of season." What are some of my options? The Cowboy lump at Lowes seems to have bad reviews. Next year I will know to stock up earlier, but I need something now.

Comments

  • If you have an ACE Hardware nearby order some Weekend Warrior Wicked Good and have it delivered to the store (free shipping).
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
  • GreenhawKGreenhawK Posts: 398
    I have never had any trouble out of Cowboy.  It does burn faster, but the food tastes good with it.  Do you have an Academy Sports?  They have B&B which is what I usually use. Most other hardware stores probably have something too.
    Large BGE

    Decatur, AL
  • TFolsTFols Posts: 180
    I ordered from firecraft.com last week. Free shipping over $99. They have both Humphrey's and Ozark Oak. Tried the Ozark on an overnight Friday..seems pretty good.
    Bloomfield, NJ
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,239
    Cowboy has changed over the last year, at least what is sold near me. It used to be hardwood scraps from furniture and flooring. Burnt hot, and quickly, but quite nice otherwise. They had a big fire at a warehouse. The newer stuff has lots of large tree chunks. That's usually good, but I've had a lot of sparking and flying ash from high temp cooks in the last 2 bags. Its useable for low temp cooks, up to 300, but I'm dubious about searing or baking w. it.

    There are certainly lots of online options for ordering lump, if you don't mind the extra shipping expense.

    Check any restaurant supply shops in your area. They may have lump. Also, I've found 2 butcher shops in my area that carry an unbranded lump that is pretty good.

    In a pinch, you can use briquettes. Those produce so much ash that they will snuff themselves w. ash during a long lo-n-slo. Some "natural" briquettes will produce flying ash if the cornstarch binder is too old.
  • My choice is Ozark Oak. If you live in the surrounding states of Arkansas you can usually get a 10lb bag for about 5 or 6 bucks.
  • odie91odie91 Posts: 176
    I got my LBGE in August. I am just now out of the bag of lump that came with it. I stopped by Walmart to get some Royal Oak, as the Naked Whiz reviews are good and it seems to be a favorite on here. However, it is now "out of season." What are some of my options? The Cowboy lump at Lowes seems to have bad reviews. Next year I will know to stock up earlier, but I need something now.
    The new Cowboy lump -- the bag will be labeled "Now Burns Longer" (or something like that) -- reportedly is a lot different and has been getting good reviews...

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,116
    Any time you can buy anywhere but Walmart that's a most eggcelent thing.  Just an opinion and we all know what those are worth...
    Louisville
  • Just bought the last seven bags of RO Red at our Wally World.  They have had a hard time getting the product this summer.  I am good for a while.
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
  • gdenby said:
    There are certainly lots of online options for ordering lump, if you don't mind the extra shipping expense.

    Check any restaurant supply shops in your area. They may have lump. Also, I've found 2 butcher shops in my area that carry an unbranded lump that is pretty good.

    In a pinch, you can use briquettes. Those produce so much ash that they will snuff themselves w. ash during a long lo-n-slo. Some "natural" briquettes will produce flying ash if the cornstarch binder is too old.
    +1.  We have a local restaurant that cooks with lump and the restaurant supply in town is where they get it year round.  Now, so do I. 

    ........................................................................................

    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

  • gpsegggpsegg Posts: 277
    Just got the last 3 bags of RO red from Walmart in North Ga.
    George
    Palm Beach Gardens, Fl and Blue Ridge, Ga.
  • Thanks, guys. I will give the Cowboy a try and may also pick up a bag of the B&B at Academy. I may also see about going the Ace route. It was just frustrating that when I needed a bag, I knew I was going to the the RO at Walmart to try, but no luck. I used the end of my other bag, which turned out to be a disaster as all the little pieces plugged by air holes; it took me almost an hour to figure that out and get it up to temp to cook my steaks. Thanks for the quick responses. That gives me several options to try.
  • bodskibodski Posts: 249
    I can get 20 lb bags of cowboy, the new stuff, at meijer here for 8.89. Hard to beat, and I've had no probs.

    Cincinnati

    LBGE, Weber Gasser, Weber Kettle

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