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Rockwood charcoal - experience with it

boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

All,

Got some in Friday afternoon.   3 cooks with it over the weekend.   Very pleased.

**** no where the sophistication of the nude wizzard, just my experience ***  but - it was his rating that led me to Rockwood.

Lit easy.   didnt notice any sparking.

On one of the cooks was wanting to cook low.  Got a softball size burning, closed down the damper to where I thought it should be.  Dome temp went to 240 or so -- and held.   Never had to get hotter to get a fire sustained.   My expereince has been not every charcoal will do this.

Smoke from just the charcoal seemed relatively neutral - once again what I like - I can add the flavors I want, didnt have to compete with the charcoal.

Had some Beef Ribs ( separate post) I cooked Sat afternoon.    Total cook time probably 5 hours.  Did not close the dampers after taking the ribs off, just let it go - around 300 on the dome.   Checked around 9 the next morning Egg was just about cooled off - opened it off. 100% of the charcoal was consumed.  No coring, fire moved through out without any problems.   DIdn't have the firebox all the way loaded high like I do with a brisket, so, don't yet know if it will make 20 hours.   But at least it all burned.   Very little Ash remaining.

Did not do anything high temp, so no idea about that.

Piece size was medium to small in this first bag.   Jonathan warned me about his concern of the pieces getting broken up in a small shipment like that.   This bag was on the outside of the stack, so that may have been a factor.   But - I would cook on this stuff all day - even though I would like to see fewer small pieces.   Thinking that shipment and handling might be the issue.

This may be a winner - at least what I have seen so far.

 

Cookin in Texas
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Comments

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,587
    Good to hear. Thanks for your review. Where in TX are you?

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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    DFW area
    Cookin in Texas
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  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    I live in DFW as well, where did you pick it up at.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273

    Jonathan shipped me three bags.  

    My first choice would be to convince a local dealer to pick it up - without that, thinking about proposing a group buy.

    I am in Coppell, what part are you in?

     

    Cookin in Texas
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  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    Lakewood area.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,932
    @boatbum-eggcellent review-thanks for the effort.  Hopefully I can get my hands on some soon as one of the main attributes for me is the "smoke neutral" quality you mentioned, coupled with the burn performance.
    Louisville
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,477
    I have 5 bags that I was able to snag from a pallet buy. I am going through my other lump before I crack it open. Perhaps for Independence Day. 

    Thanks for the review!
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    I'll be firing my first bag up tomorrow...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • SPRIGSSPRIGS Posts: 214

    Just got mine in.  Will give it a try tomorrw night most likely on some pizza!

     

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  • @boatbum Thanks for the review. I live in Frisco. If you put a group buy together I would be interested in participating. Anybody know how many 20lb bags come on a pallet?
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  • 30 bags on a pallet per Jonathan.

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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,087
    @boatbum Thanks for the review. I live in Frisco. If you put a group buy together I would be interested in participating. Anybody know how many 20lb bags come on a pallet?

    30 bags on a pallet per Jonathan.

    Yep!  30 on a pallet.

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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    We need a local dealer. Ace Hardware will only stock whats on the distribution center list. I am thinking Robertson Pools. They have locations in coppell, frisco, allen, and southlake I think. They are Egg dealers. ' Best thing would be if we could have a local dealer who we support. If that doesnt work, then we should do a pallet buy.
    Cookin in Texas
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