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BGE lump is definitely not the only way to go. Good lump, but not worth the price difference IMO. I used my bag I got complimentary with the Egg and moved on to other far less expensive brands without a hitch.
Cedar table w/granite top
Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack
Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer
Any lump will do, I always look for made in USA or Canada. Not that there are extraordinary standards for charcoal production in either country, but some of the Mexican and South American stuff looked pretty strange.