I bought about 4 18-lb bags of Royal Oak StarGrill Lump, for export to Canada (the blue bag)for $12 each at Canadian Tire (it's like Target) and I'm having a lot of problems with sparkiness (um.. I'm not sure that's an adjective). This stuff is snap , crackle pop all over my steaks and chops, and it's driving me nuts. It's good for low-and-slow, though... The origin of the lump says "Made in USA". Heat's OK, smell is fine, but the sparking has been pretty crazy. Anybody else in Canada having the same problems?
IMHO, here in Ottawa, Basques and Maple Leaf are the absolute best I can get my hands on. I can get the former for about ~$21/20 lbs, and the latter for $20/10lb bag at Rona... anybody found it for cheaper in the Ottawa area? Is there a better time of year to stock up?
Final question - what causes sparkiness? Can it be reduced?