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We have all seen the charcoal ratings - respect and value them. But at the end of the day what is most important to you when deciding what brand to buy?
Thinking about this topic, I came up with the following ranking for me (myself, and I). Your list may vary and I would be interested in learning from what you have learned was important.
BoatBum buying criteria:
1. Ability to maintain a burn in long low temp cooks. Non coring, fire spreads well with limited airflow.
2. Low Ash production ( helps with # 1).
3. Good mixture of chunk size
4. Clean wood - no trash pieces, partial boards, etc.
Points that are not as important to BoatBum
1. Ease of lighting, if it takes a bit more work, but works well on 1-4 above I am ok.
Note, most of my cooks are low temp. Have found that when I am cooking at higher temp not as fussy about which charcoal I am using, after you get past 300 degrees it all burns pretty well. Just don't like the 3AM surprises. Low ash is good at any temp.
In another "unnamed" thread someone had posed the question - "Does the charcoal really make that much difference?". For me it does. What about you?
Not looking for BRAND recommendations - just trying to learn how to form my own preferences better.