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Favorite charcoal?

TKootTKoot Posts: 10
In my local city i can buy BGE and kamado Joe charcoal. I recently ordered some Fogo from a Canadian supplier. But I was wondering what people prefer and brands that are available to bought or ordered online in Canada. 

I have nothing against BGE and kamado but just really wanted to try other brands to see what's different and what I prefer
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  • unoriginalusernameunoriginalusername Posts: 753
    edited March 24
    I occasionally go over to the US to get Rockwood but if I am buying locally Basques sugar maple from Costco or the maple leaf brand from Lowes or Rona is pretty comparable 

    I haven’t gone back to the egg brand since I burned the first few bags I bought when it was new 
    Kamado Joe Classic III, Two large, a Minimax & a mini Big Green Egg.  
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  • I tried most of the majors.  Cowboy was the worst seemed to add some strong flavors not wanted.  BGE/Royal Oak were ok.  I tried Rockwood and so long as they sell lump that is what I will buy.  I find there product burns well and is very consistent.  I need to order some more soon :-)

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    1 Large BGE

    Boston, MA

  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,493
    Hands down. Rockwood
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • GrateEggspectationsGrateEggspectations Posts: 3,382
    edited March 24
    Couldn’t this wait for a Friday?  ;)

    Basques or Maple Leaf are my go-to. Both pretty neutral. 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 20,080
    Rolling in well south of the border- If you have access to any Maple Leaf lump as mentioned by @GrateEggspectations, jump on it.  I used to be able to source some at reasonable prices but since gone dry.  Perhaps my enthusiasm is measured by the challenge of getting any in hand but you will definitely enjoy.  FWIW-
    Louisville;  "indeterminate Jim" here; L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • Costco had Joe lump for 21$ for 30lbs.  am I going to regret it?
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 2,024
    Good stuff egg on!
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • blastingblasting Posts: 6,262
    edited March 25
    Couldn’t this wait for a Friday?  ;)

    Basques or Maple Leaf are my go-to. Both pretty neutral. 

    This ^^.  

    Being in Canada, you've got a couple great lumps at very reasonable prices.  I use Rockwood, but if I were in Canada, I'd be using Basques or Sugar Maple.  No need to import lump at a premium.

    Phoenix 
  • builderdawgbuilderdawg Posts: 45
    TKoot said:
    In my local city i can buy BGE and kamado Joe charcoal. I recently ordered some Fogo from a Canadian supplier. But I was wondering what people prefer and brands that are available to bought or ordered online in Canada. 

    I have nothing against BGE and kamado but just really wanted to try other brands to see what's different and what I prefer
    BGE is Royal Oak rebranded. I’ve tried all of the others but I use Royal Oak exclusively now. Rockwood (and some others) are superior, but the difference in quality isn’t worth the price difference in my opinion.
  • OshawaDaveOshawaDave Posts: 184
    I occasionally go over to the US to get Rockwood but if I am buying locally Basques sugar maple from Costco or the maple leaf brand from Lowes or Rona is pretty comparable 

    I haven’t gone back to the egg brand since I burned the first few bags I bought when it was new 


    I usually buy RO or Basques from Costco as well $13.99/ 20 lb. bag.

    I may be going to the States in June and if so, I'll be buying a few bags of Rockwood to try.

    Weber Genesis CP310; Weber Q1200 (camping); LBGE.

    "If you haven't heard a rumour by 8:30 am - start one"

  • DuuaneDuuane Posts: 63

    Just out of curiosity, you folks who say you will sometimes buy Rockwood when you come to the US, or make the trip to get it, are any of you near the WNY/Buffalo border? I live in WNY and have not found it in any store I have tried, and I've tried a lot. I'm on vacation in southern North Carolina, and found some in an ACE Hardware so I bought 2 big bags...hope it fits in the car when we leave....I've never used it, and if I like it, I'd like to find a convenient place near home to buy it. Right now, my go to brand is Royal Oak. Thanks for any replies 😊

    Franklinville, Western NY
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,952
    edited March 31


    Any Ace Hardware, or hardware store stocked by Emery-Jensen, in NY can order RW with SKU# 8400772. I don't know which stores have it on the E-J side, but with Ace, you can just search their site for the stores that have it in stock. And if they don't, just order it and it ships to the store free from their distribution center in Gansevoort NY (they usually have 10-15% off online coupons on Mondays on acehardware.com.)

    Use this link: https://rockwoodcharcoal.com/ace-hardware/

    We try to keep our site up to date with the store listings, but it's tough when some stores cycle out charcoal over the winter.

    Per Ace's site, these stores show it in stock (probably best to call first):

    Schuele Ace Hardware

    920 Abbott Rd 

    Buffalo, NY 14220-2424

    (716) 331-3142

    Spalding Ace Hardware

    215 Davison Rd 

    Lockport, NY 14094-3330

    (716) 433-8155

  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 1,419

    @Duuane - following up on @stlcharcoal‘s post - join the ACE rewards program. You will get frequent coupons. I have purchased a lot of Rockwood in the last several years from ACE and the only time I paid full retail was the first bag I purchased.

    Memphis, TN 

    LBGE, SBGE, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, (Akron was gifted to a friend)
  • littlerascal56littlerascal56 Posts: 933
    edited March 31

    Fully agree. Just got a $5 card in mailbox (birthday), and had another 20% off coupon from last week. I use the ACE discounts for Rockwood and lawn fertilizer.

    Land of OZ-Hays Kansas

    BGE XL++Flameboss 300 WiFi++Blackstone 36"++2 Weber Kettles

  • DuuaneDuuane Posts: 63

    Thank you, I have checked several ACE stores in the area with no luck, however I never asked if they would order it for me. I guess I dropped the ball on my search.

    Franklinville, Western NY
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726

    Cowboy Lump if you can find it.

    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 9,109

    @bgebrent - I thought you switched to railroad tie chunks?


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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,579
    edited April 1

    😎

    I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food
  • EggNorthEggNorth Posts: 1,227

    Costco near me in Gueph is selling this new http://xylocarbone.com/index_english.html lump. 12.99 a bag. I got one bag, used it today and it seems very good, nice pieces and looked very 'clean'. Made in Canada is a seller for me.

    Dave
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    LBGE (2010), Mini Max (2015)
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 2,024

    I ordered online for in store pick up several times and finally they just started keeping a bag or two in stock.

    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • SGHSGH Posts: 26,455

    The best 2 ever. In no particular order.


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    Status- Standing by.

    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.

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  • HubHub Posts: 859

    I know I'm BIG-TIME in the minority here, but I've tried various brands of lump over the years and pretty much find them all to be the same.

    Beautiful and lovely Villa Rica, Georgia
  • bikesAndBBQbikesAndBBQ Posts: 284

    I agree with you. I tried what most consider the best, Rockwood, and what most consider the worst, Cowboy. I really can’t tell a major difference between them. I use royal oak for most of my cooks. I’ve never had any issues with it. I pretty much get what’s on sale. That is usually Royal Oak and sometimes cowboy.

    Pittsburgh, PA. LBGE
  • MikeeMikee Posts: 847
    edited April 6

    The absolute best is the Char-Broil Center Cut. Nothing comes close to it as far as quality. It is by far the best lump out there. It's only downside is price. It burns clean in a matter of a couple of minutes. Don't look here on this forum for good reviews because very, very few have the balls to admit it is hands down superior to Rockwood.

  • MNEggerandStuffMNEggerandStuff Posts: 171
    edited April 6

    Calling people out like that is silly.  Can't say I have ever seen the center cut you speak of but Rockwood doesn't get the reviews it does because people don't try others and give fair opinions.

    Heck, most even say royal oak is good charcoal.

  • DS_14DS_14 Posts: 9

    I recently purchased a bag of komado joe lump from Lowes. I've used it on two of my recent cooks boston butt and again steaks On Saturday. My question is has anyone experienced an off taste with this particular brand. The only other time I have experienced this was w/ a bag of B&B a few years ago. I've used royal oak and Rockwood exclusively other than this however wasn't pleased with the size of Royal Oak over the last several bags. Rockwood is usually pretty consistent , however I was amazed at the size of the chunks in KJ, but obviously do not want to sacrifice taste. Any advice or similar experience you could share?

    I'm hoping a couple of quick replys will save me an hour or two of searching similar topics in the endless "What charcoal... threads"

  • bikesAndBBQbikesAndBBQ Posts: 284

    My 5ish bag experience with KJ was all very good. As far as off taste, that could be many things. Did you let the fire stabilize before putting everything on? The bad smoke can cause bad tastes.

    Pittsburgh, PA. LBGE
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 9,862

    I guess we’re just lucky he didn’t say he knows what the best lump is but can’t tell anyone because it’s a secret. I’ve seen that game before too. That chargrill lump is good, but my XL eats it up. I only buy it when it’s clearance priced end of season.

    @DS_14 I’ve burned a few bags of the KJ. It was fine until about a year ago and then bags started getting heavier and it turned smokier. Last bag I opened a few weeks ago was still smoky 2 hours in and that was 350-375. I have 2-3 bags in garage that I’ll probably use to get the fire pit going and that’s about it.

  • gonepostalgonepostal Posts: 481

    @DS_14 I have had a similar experience with the KJ lump and i always allow for ample stabilization. I picked up an off taste on a couple of cooks and haven't gone back. I'll use the leftovers for a clean burn one of these days. RO/RW for me depending on the cook...

    Wetumpka, Alabama
    LBGE and MM
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