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Charcoal consumption is a function of the energy generating ability of the lump (or any other source) and how you use it-hot&fast or low& slow or anything in the mix. Many have side features, low sparks, ease of lighting etc that is of value to the consumer. I won't buy from WW (personal crusade) but at the end of the day you are burning carbon so experiment and get comfortable with wherever you land. FWIW-
This is a toss up like the "Ford - Chevy" arguement, or "what came first, the chicken or the egg"! As you read "over and over" here about the "ya's and nay's" of lump charcoal brands, a few things enter into the picture. There are limited supplies of certain brands in different areas of our country. And Green Egg brand is probably the highest priced, but most consistant. I have tried at least eight different brands, and a few of them were MUCH different than what i consider "standard". And some brands i found inconsitant in their product. Another problem with lump charcoal is year round availability causing consumers to "stockpile" it!! For me it boils down to BGE and RO. I'll have trained my local Walmart to maintain their stock of RO thru the Christmas holidays. And RO will have some sparking, and some bags that are full of small pieces or large pieces -- but i'll take it over the $25.00 a bag of BGE lump. Basically, it cost me about two bucks "a cook" using RO, and three bucks using BGE. I'll take the RO..
tech284 said:It's less than $4.00 to ship to me I'm in GA.
It's less than $4.00 to ship to me I'm in GA.
Ozark Oak is popular... with those who can get it.
The majority of coals are same lump different bag. Royal Oak is a huge maker of charcoal and there are quiet a few different lumps with different names on them but made by RO. I buy the 8 lbs bags of RO at wally world, its easy, its cheap, its reliable and so far consistent. RO makes the BGE lump
I've been using Wicked good. I have my local Ace bring it in for me. Had ordered enough over the past year they decided to start having it on the shelf to see how it sells to the Cowboy they had. Got my neighbor who uses a Weber now using it. About $20.
It' the Ace in Essexville,MI
Smitty's Kid's BBQ