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Favorite Lump Charcoal?

I am in SC and have tried a few different kinds of lump but my favorite so far is Tru Que Lump. I always just tend to pick up a few bags whenever I go to Lowes or Home Depot.  Have tried Cowboy but there tends to be a lot of fine charcoal in there and I prefer decent sized chunks as they tend to get better airflow and resulting heat stability.  I haven't tried the BGE brand but open to suggestions.  What is your favorite?

LRG BGE

Columbia, SC

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  • By the way I am a newbie.  Don't judge me for my unsophisticated lump choices! 

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,001
    You will find as many opinions as brands of lump.  My favorites are Rockwood, Ozark Oak, and Dragon Breath.  You can read all the reviews on the Naked Whiz site.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • Interesting I will check it out.  I'll have to do some research to see in anywhere in little old Columbia sells any of these top rated lumps...  thanks for your input.

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • +1 for the Rockwood and Ozark Oak camp

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    Large BGE. Small BGE Henderson, Ky.
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  • I use Royal Oak I found that to me it's just as good as BGE lump that cost me like $27.99 for a large bag the Royal Oak I buy on sale for $9.99 for a 17.6 lb bag and it works as good as BGE lump 
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,001
    There may be enough eggers in your area to do a pallet buy.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • Thanks guys good advice.  I like it.  I've got enough charcoal for one or two more cooks so need to get on the ball this weekend.

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • If you're in Columbia, SC, there are three pallets of Rockwood arriving today for a group buy.  Send me your email address and I'll forward it to the organizer.

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  • WeberWho?WeberWho? Posts: 1,763
    edited September 2013

    I use Royal Oak I found that to me it's just as good as BGE lump that cost me like $27.99 for a large bag the Royal Oak I buy on sale for $9.99 for a 17.6 lb bag and it works as good as BGE lump 

    You're right with being similar. Royal Oak bags Big Green lump. The extra $$$ is for the bag to say Big Green Egg
    lump charcoal instead of Royal Oak
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  • Sweet will do!

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,269
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    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Mickey that is a lot of charcoal!! Lord...

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • WeberWho?WeberWho? Posts: 1,763
    Have to agree with Mickey

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  • Im starting to get worried I only have 2 1/2 bags left and around here charcole is a summer thing I live on Long Island and most people only BBQ in the summer unlike me I Egg almost every day 
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,230
    @Tailwind-welcome aboard.  Here's a link to the above mentioned site that has lump reviews and is a great ceramic cooker reference.  http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramic.htm Give it a good look as most of your initial questions can probably be answered there. 
    Louisville
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  • In the middle of my first 20 lbs. of Ozark Oak right now and it has been excellent.  While really any lump will suffice, there is a noticeable difference I've noticed with OO primarily with the lack of white smoke or burn off at the outset.  Easy to light and get to temp and holds temp really well through the cook.  When I got the Egg, I just assumed all lump was pretty much the same.  OO has changed my mind.

    Also got in on the local group buy of Rockwood thanks to the efforts of @Proser. ; Haven't opened a bag yet, but looking forward to trying that as well. 

    LBGE

    Cedar table w/granite top

    Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack

    Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer

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  • Anyone know where to get OO in the Houston area (preferably North Houston); and what it costs compared to BGE?

    Tomball, Texas

     

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  • Tailwind, what part of sc? we just ordered 3 pallets like STL said above. I have some extra, not sure where you are?
    Beaufort, SC
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  • Like many here I try to always cook with an Oak lump charcoal.   There are several and I really don't see much difference in them all.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,226
    @Mickey... Damn, where'd you get that great lump?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • I am in Columbia SC.  I messaged STL and he's gonna set a couple bags of Rockwood aside for me.  You guys are very welcoming and kind to a new guy like myself.  Much appreciated!

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • @KennyLee let me know what you think of the rockwood compared to the OO after you've had a chance to try it out. 

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • @plumbfir01 If you got some extra, I'm happy to take it off your hands.

    LRG BGE

    Columbia, SC

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  • ozark oak, rockwood, wicked good before the had supply issues.

    Currently using fogo from amazon which I am happy with also.
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  • I am admitted relative Noobie, only having my Lg since July...Having said that, I have used Cowboy, hated it, like many others for too many small bits and pieces.  Also used the BGE brand....great quality, large pieces, but costly.  Currently using Royal Oak, which I can get at Walmart...8.8lbs for about $7.00...reasonably sized, great burn time, not much ash.

    To those more experienced than me, I hear about these larger bags (17 lbs) of Royal Oak - where are we getting those???? Wally-world only carries the 8.8 LB!!! 

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  • Rockwood !
    Key Largo,Florida  
    2-LBGE, High Que grates, Kick Ash Baskets, SmokeWear Caps, Adjustable Rig, Woo, Stoker II, Amaz-n-smoker, Thermapen, Rockwood charcoal
    Mini Max, No accessories yet !

    Gambrills,Maryland
    2-LBGE, same accessories as in Florida
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  • SPRIGSSPRIGS Posts: 214
    Rockwood is my brand of choice. I really like Ozark Oak as we'll but find the Rockwood to be more neutral in flavor.
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  • tailwind, Joe should email you. tell him i said you can buy 2 bags of mine
    Beaufort, SC
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  • Another vote for rockwood. OO would be #2 for me.
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  • lwrehmlwrehm Posts: 196
    Since its local I use Grove.  The bonus is it is available during the entire Wisconsin Egging (and non-Egg Grilling, in a pinch, season) from January 1 thru December 31!
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