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Giving royal oak another shot



  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,253
    I'm completely happy with RO.  I do use Lazzari's Mesquite lump occasionally on a beef cook.
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • SmyrnaGASmyrnaGA Posts: 155
    Opened to sort my first bag of Royal Oak (17.4# USA) from Wally World last night...  Not too much sorting, they were mostly (80%) small pebbles between 1 and 1.5".  A few 3" pieces I could use to build a base, only 4 small uncharred pieces of wood, not too much dust/fines.  It smells really good compared to Cowboy & Frontier, but, a lot smaller in sizes.  I doubt it was mishandled since I got these bags off a clean pallet in the garden center.  Depending on how it burns tonight, my preference right now are:

    1) Frontier (USA).
    2) Royal Oak (USA).
    3) Cowboy.

    Large BGE, Small BGE, KJ Jr, and a Cracked Vision Kub.

    in Smyrna GA.

  • beteezbeteez Posts: 281
    It is my understanding that Publix is rebranded Royal Oak
  • ReldtiCDNReldtiCDN Posts: 141
    Found a nice size piece of raw maple in a bag. Complained and Basques says it happens!
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    Brampton, Ontario

  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,416
    Hey, cut that sucker down and you got some nice smoking wood!
    Dunedin, FL
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,778
    edited August 2013
    Yep, it happens, but only because their process allows it.  If the Dirty Jobs episode about Fire King lump was accurate, somebody watches the lump as it goes into each bag, so something like this would happen only rarely, like if the guy was drunk or pissed at his employer.  Hopefully, it doesn't happen often.

    But it doesn't look as big as the monster I found in the Kamado Joe lump.
    The Naked Whiz
  • LitLit Posts: 2,651
    I pulled out a piece of lump from an older wicked good bag the other day that still had brown bark on it. My go to lump now is fogo. If you don't like mostly big pieces its not for you but I put 3 huge pieces in on a cook a couple weeks ago and like 3 cooks later I was adding some lump and could still point out the pieces of fogo cause they were bigger still than the fresh lump I was pouring in.
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