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Chigger Creek lump and wood

My local BGE dealer is selling 20lb bags of Chigger Creek Sweet'n Smoky lump for $19.99.  I've been pretty unhappy with the Publix Greenwise lump lately, so I decided to give Chigger a try.  I did a cook today (rack of pork) that required holding around 350F for a couple hours.  The fire box was still at least half loaded with left over Greenwise from a recent steak cook...so I gave it a vigorous stirring, hollowed out most of the center, and filled it in by hand with Chigger Creek lump.  I lit it with a single waste corn oil soaked paper towel.

First positive indication...this method of lighting used to work fine...but it seems like the last half dozen bags of Greenwise just haven't liked to light, and I usually end up fighting with it, doing multiple lighting attempts, having to setup my lower vent fan, or resorting to fire starters.  The Chigger Creek lump lit right up, no fighting, no help required.  Flavor seems pretty neutral...definitely not mesquite based.

The dealer says all their wood comes from Missouri (from Chigger Creek...I'm just guessing) and I decided to try a few chunks of their apple and cherry for the rack of pork.  I can't say I noticed any flavor from them :(

Based on the way this stuff burned, if there are no major surprises in the rest of the bag, this may be my new usual lump.  For wood, I'll probably go back to cheaper sources...hickory from the grocery store, or fallen oak from the back yard.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,564
    Where are you located
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • I live about 15 miles from the Chigger Creek Warehouse, I have been using their charcoal for a while now. I have not had any issues with it what so ever. the charcoal is made in Missouri, but not at the warehouse, it actually comes from Salem Mo, just like Royal Oak and Kingsford . I have also used their chunks for smoke, worked fine. I posted a while back about this and all I got was remarks about their choice of name, look past the name the product is good !
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
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  • njlnjl Posts: 818
    Central FL.
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  • njlnjl Posts: 818
    I finally finished my first 20lb bag of Chigger Creek, and I'm happy to say there was so little shake and dust, I was able to pretty much just dump the last bits out of the bag into the egg, and the oiled paper towel method of lighting still worked without any trouble.

    I cooked 4 nearly 1lb each ribeyes tonight.
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