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Fogo Lump - Awful

Just wondering what everyone's experience here has been with Fogo.  I bought a bag from Amazon recently and it's been the worst lump I've ever used.  By a landslide actually.  Takes ages to light... I mean forever.  Then when you finally do get it to light it sparks like crazy.  Looks like fireworks are going off.  Plus the chunks are comically big and have to be broken up with a hammer.  The reviews on Amazon are great, and I feel like I've heard people here say it's good stuff, so I don't know if I just got a weird bag, but I dislike it so much I'm not going to finish it.  Anyway, what have your experiences been like?
Southern California

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  • itsmceitsmce Posts: 388
    I will be anxious to see other's responses.  I have been close to ordering a bag of Fogo, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  I'll keep an eye on this thread to help me decide.  (Sorry, I can't offer an opinion to help you out.)
    Large (sometimes wish it were an XL) in KS
  • dconderdconder Posts: 12

    I bought 3 bags from Amazon myself.  I haven't had any sparking issues and it lights right up using half a weber cube for me.  The pieces are huge but for me work well.  I can use just a few big chunks for hot and fast cooks.  I'm down to a little over a bag left and I would certainly order more.


  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 20,278
    searched the Fogo Amazon reviews for "egghead" and found this:

    http://www.amazon.com/review/R1E6NRHZQW0D7D/ref=cm_srch_res_rtr_alt_1
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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,093
    I really like it.  I don't have a problem lighting it, and I would rather have big pieces than small ones. 

    It's a little more soft and sooty (messy when handled), but that doesn't bother me much either.  I find it doesn't produce much ash, is reasonably neutral and will burn for a long time.
    NOLA
  • PNWFoodiePNWFoodie Posts: 1,014
    I love it. You are welcome to send the rest of the bag to me. :)
    XL, JR, and more accessories than anyone would ever need near Olympia, WA
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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,303
    Have u tried Cowboy....
    Seattle, WA
  • corey24corey24 Posts: 350
    Rockwood!

    XL Egg Owner Since Dec 2013 - Louisiana

  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,841
    Get some Ozark or Rockwood. Nothing compares to them.
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 7,280
    Figured you had rocks in it....
    Thanks,

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  • tksmoketksmoke Posts: 771
    I'm with @PNWFoodie‌ - send it to me!! I've been very happy with Fogo. I've used 4 bags, and although the pieces can be large, they are fully carbonized. Totally usable when broken up with the hammer I now keep at the ready. Lighting is easy with the Map weed torch. Relighting is easy as well. I was originally only going to use it for low and slow, but use it exclusively now. Long lasting, burns hot, low ash. Very smoke neutral, ready to cook with quickly. Free 2 day delivery with Amazon Prime. Arrives well packed, and intact. Good stuff!!! I'm not a RO basher - it is good stuff, although it is much smokier, and takes longer to be ready to cook. I think Fogo is much better. I'd love to use Rockwood or OO, but haven't found it here in CA. I can't compare those to Fogo, I've not used them.
    Santa Paula, CA
  • LitLit Posts: 6,079
    I have gone through hundreds of pounds of OO and a couple bags of Rockwood and will take FOGO any day for a low and slow. It works great for fast cooks as well but does take a minute or 2 longer to light than other brands. Nothing against OO or Rockwood but fogo is every bit as good if not better and cheaper (unless you live near Arkansas for OO) and delivered to my door. I have personally went through 3-400 pounds of fogo in the last 12 months and never had anything negative to say. The pieces are huge but there's no reason to break them down they will not stop airflow like amall pieces. I have never seen fogo spark at all unless you are holding a torch or heat gun directly to it then all lump will spark. A tip if you don't like th ehuge pieces I got several bags of the 17.6 pounders when the 35 pounders were out of stock and the pieces were smaller overall but not bad small.
  • NanookNanook Posts: 846
    I tried ordering 4 bags from amazon, but for some reason, they wouldn't ship it to Alberta.
    GWN
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,517
    FWIW, sparking is not necessarily the brand/manufacturer's fault. I have found with several brands, that the lump sparks more if I am using a bag that was previously opened and left on the patio vs. a fresh bag from the pile in the garage. I attribute this to it being more humid outdoors than in the garage.  

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  • SpartanPrideSpartanPride Posts: 159
    I agree with the group on Fogo. I ordered two bags from Amazon and have not had problems. Lights quickly, and worked great for 250 and 600+. Might be a bad batch??
  • mahenryakmahenryak Posts: 1,025
    Nanook said:
    I tried ordering 4 bags from amazon, but for some reason, they wouldn't ship it to Alberta.
    Yeah, they won't ship it to Alaska, either.  (not surprised, tho)
    Alaska



  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 471
    Interesting.  People here seem to have really favorable opinions.  Though that one review @nolaegghead linked seems in line with my experience.  I think I must have gotten a bad bag.  The sparking is just insane.  One of you mentioned Cowboy.  I've tried Cowboy.  The sparking from this bag of Fogo makes Cowboy look positively staid.  Seriously.  I wasn't kidding when I said it's like the 4th of July.  Last night, I had the dome open to let the coals catch a bit.  I went inside and a couple minutes later, from inside the house, I heard very intense crackling.  I rushed out because I was worried something had caught fire.  Turns out it was just the lump exploding with electric showers.  It's just awful stuff.  Maybe not reflective of the typical Fogo lump, but I'm not going to order another bag to find out.
    Southern California
  • jllbmsjllbms Posts: 378
    It sucks. Never again!
    Kemah, TX
  • khristyjeffkhristyjeff Posts: 154
    I'm working through my first bag of Fogo and so far really like it. No sparking, not much ash and burns a long time. I was expecting bigger pieces because of some reviews but mine are smaller than a hardball. It also seems to have less smokey smell. Don't blame for not wanting to try again though.
  • SmokeytheEGGSmokeytheEGG Posts: 147
    I have found with charcoal that you get a bad bag from time to time.  Royal Oak is sold here and that is what I go with because of convienence.  The last bag I bought was great.  The one before it was horrible.  All small pieces. 
    Blue Ridge, GA
  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 4,441
    I love Fogo..I combine Fogo and Rockwood..This works for me..
    Greensboro North Carolina
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  • badinfluencebadinfluence Posts: 1,774

    I love Fogo..I combine Fogo and Rockwood..This works for me..
    Just wondering if you love it so much why do you mix it?
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    Clinton, Iowa
  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 4,441
    The reason I mix is that I like the large Fogo pieces which I place around the vents and then mix with Rockwood..This works great for me on both low and slows and fast cooks..
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • badinfluencebadinfluence Posts: 1,774
    Ok. Was just wondering as i have never used it. I mostly us oo but do have 3 bags of rockwood I'm going to try soon (if I can ever get time off work)
    1 XXL BGE,  1 LG BGE, 2 MED. BGE, 1 MINI BGE, 1 Peoria custom cooker Meat Monster.


    Clinton, Iowa
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