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Another newbie Q...

This Q is related to fuel.  I know that this is the BGE forum, but be honest, is the BGE "organic lump coal" really the best, or does it matter which lump coal?  I know not to use any sort of briquettes due to the filler / binder… just talking about all the various brands of lump.

Thanks ahead of time to the veterans …

H.P.
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  • BGE works but Royal Oak is the same thing, less expensive, and available at Wally.
    BGE novice from Arlington, Texas

  • Now we're talking … Wally World, my favorite place to shop ...
  • I have used BGE once. No need. Many much more affordable and better products. See link. http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumpindexpage.htm?bag
    LBGE 2013, SBGE 2014, Mini 2015
    Columbus IN
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,079
    I used to use BGE lump because I live in po dunk and that is the only lump in town. 

    I switched to Rockwood and will never go back. You can order it at Firecraft.com. If you order $99 of anything you will get free shipping. 

    I usually order a few bags and some rub. It is like Christmas when I see the Fed Ex truck pull up. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • Philly35Philly35 Posts: 734
    BGE lump is overpriced. But to answer your question, any lump will work. Some lumps are better than others for sure.
    NW IOWA
  • MeTedMeTed Posts: 716
    Oh Boy, Here we go! I like Royal Oak, I have had trouble with cowboy lump. Royal Oak makes Big Green  egg lump. Those are the only two I have tried. Good luck and Party On!
    Belleville, Michigan

    Just burnin lump in Sumpter
  • MaccoolMaccool Posts: 191
    Around here, BGE charcoal is $25 for a 20-lb bag at Ace Hardware. Royal Oak is $12.95 for 17 lbs at Home Depot. Rockwood is $19.95 for 20 lbs from firecraft.com and Ozark Oak is $10.95 for 10 lbs. Shipping is free from firecraft.com if you buy $100 in an order.
  • HankyorkeHankyorke Posts: 146
    Not this again....
    Nakedwhiz reviews/reviewed lump got there read, then try, then repeat

    LBGE

    BTFU!

  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,079
    Hankyorke said:
    Not this again.... Nakedwhiz reviews/reviewed lump got there read, then try, then repeat
    It will keep getting asked by the new guys. I certainly don't mind helping them. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • llrickmanllrickman Posts: 589
    edited July 2014
    BGE Lump here in ABQ is 27.99  not worth it  used up my bag i had wont be buying another

    Going to order some Ozark Oak from firecraft.com
    2 LBGE
    Digi Q
    green Thermapen
    AR

    Albuquerque, NM
  • xiphoid007xiphoid007 Posts: 524
    Ozark oak or rockwood from firecraft. You get free shipping when you spend $100.

    I used royal oak for a while, but I'm loving the Ozark oak. I'm gonna try some rock wood for my next order.

    In scoping tons of posts over researching everything, I've found Ozark oak and rockwood to be the most common brands mentioned.

    +1 on the naked whiz site. Lots of great info there.
    Pittsburgh, PA - 1 LBGE
  • Ozark oak or rockwood from firecraft. You get free shipping when you spend $100.

    I used royal oak for a while, but I'm loving the Ozark oak. I'm gonna try some rock wood for my next order.

    In scoping tons of posts over researching everything, I've found Ozark oak and rockwood to be the most common brands mentioned.

    +1 on the naked whiz site. Lots of great info there.

    They are the 2 best that I have ever used.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • MaccoolMaccool Posts: 191
    I haven't been able to see a difference between the Royal Oak and the Ozark Oak, at least not enough difference to justify paying 25% more and finding space to store 10 bags of charcoal at a time.
  • xiphoid007xiphoid007 Posts: 524
    Maccool said:

    I haven't been able to see a difference between the Royal Oak and the Ozark Oak, at least not enough difference to justify paying 25% more and finding space to store 10 bags of charcoal at a time.

    I find Ozark oak has a much cleaner taste and has much bigger pieces of charcoal. The size thing could be shipping issues from my local walmarts, but I've heard that from other people too. I also find many more rocks in RO compared to OO.
    Pittsburgh, PA - 1 LBGE
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    I like royal oak...I spread it across the yard and it kills the moles. Awesome stuff.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,771
    And for the newbies @henapple is a RO connoisseur-he drives around the mid-west delivering precious bags of that lump on a fairly frequent basis...


    Opps-Ozark Oak-but hey, they are almost the same...:)
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • Maccool said:

    I haven't been able to see a difference between the Royal Oak and the Ozark Oak, at least not enough difference to justify paying 25% more and finding space to store 10 bags of charcoal at a time.

    I find Ozark oak has a much cleaner taste and has much bigger pieces of charcoal. The size thing could be shipping issues from my local walmarts, but I've heard that from other people too. I also find many more rocks in RO compared to OO.
    You are now at risk for Henapple coming to your home for some "re-education training". Just remember: if you can see Henapple, Henapple can see you. If you cannot see Henapple, you are seconds from death.

    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,677
    edited July 2014
    Seriously though- if you have some of each (sadly, I do) you can see which one you like. I'm not going to get in to good vs bad because I don't think any are really "bad". Hell, I cooked on Best of the West for a year and told The Wiz he was full of it for rating it poorly (he was not full of it- it's bad).

    I got another large at Salado this year and it came with a free bag of BGE lump (and I got drunk and stole another from the after party after Micky passed out). I already had OO and a ton of Rockwood in my garage. I hadn't used BGE (royal oak) in years so i fired it up in the new egg to kill the curry cloud that The Little Canadian and the King of Calcutta soiled my virgin egg with at the fest and I had OO on the OE. So without saying one is good and the other is bad, here is what I noticed. The royal oak was very smoky with white smoke billowing out for most of the cook. It imparted a very heavy smoke taste that I found unpleasant. I have also noticed that most newbs that post "help! My wife says my food is too smoky and won't eat off the egg" are using the BGE lump that came with their egg. I would find fish or chicken way way over smoked with that profile. It's smoky. Not bad. But heavy smoke. OO Is much cleaner and a very high quality lump but still way smokier than Rockwood. Rockwood is clean. Like super clean. I like to add my smoke with chunks. If I don't add with RW, it is very light, very clean. I can put cherry wood in for chicken and it tastes like cherry. With Royal and to a lesser degree OO, it tastes like lump smoke. Now if you love really smoky food, you may not notice. But if you are looking for more subtlety and nuance, then you want a cleaner lump and to add flavor through chunks Or maybe not at all.

    Try them all and see what you like. I like clean very smoke neutral lump. That is rockwood. OO has a little more smoke, RO a little more still. All personal choice.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • MeTedMeTed Posts: 716
    At the Cen-Tex Smoker, great post, thank you.
    Belleville, Michigan

    Just burnin lump in Sumpter
  • xiphoid007xiphoid007 Posts: 524
    edited July 2014
    +1 on what @The Cen-Tex Smoker said about smokey lump. My wife could tell the instant I ran out of my royal oak and started with OO. Not to bash RO, it was way better than the cowboy I was using!
    Pittsburgh, PA - 1 LBGE
  • MeTed said:

    At the Cen-Tex Smoker, great post, thank you.

    I assume you are talking about the Henapple one? That one is real. The other one I totally made up ;)
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • +1 on what @The Cen-Tex Smoker said about smokey lump. My wife could tell the instant I ran out of my royal oak and started with OO. Not to bash RO, it was way better than the cowboy I was using!

    Chicks dig rockwood.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,771
    I will second @Cen_Tex's assessment, mostly because by the end of the cook I will not be able to sort out the wood/food flavor profile.  Something about the adult supervisory beverages...But we all are on this journey for enjoyment (cook defined).
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • MeTedMeTed Posts: 716
    I might I have missed something, but I liked your post about lump @Cen-Tex smoker. Sorry.
    Belleville, Michigan

    Just burnin lump in Sumpter
  • MeTed said:

    I might I have missed something, but I liked your post about lump @Cen-Tex smoker. Sorry.

    You didn't miss anything. I was being a smartass to Henapple and I'm neck deep in Titos at the Boston airport hilton bar.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • Heanapple is the unofficial OO spokesperson on here and a helluva guy. Was busting his nuts a little but we are all good. He wears my shorts almost every day.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • MeTedMeTed Posts: 716
    Thanks brother, I thought I pissed you off. Party On!
    Belleville, Michigan

    Just burnin lump in Sumpter
  • MeTed said:

    Thanks brother, I thought I pissed you off. Party On!

    Never buddy. Always good here.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • g37g37 Posts: 347
    Just bought my large egg. I just tried wicked good charcoal. I'm gonna stick with wicked good. Bigger chunks and less ash.
    Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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