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Ozark Oak vs Rockwood

DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,652
I procured some Ozark Oak a year or two
ago. The old school stuff.  Like others, I’ve been hoarding it for the apocalypse. I decided to bust open a bag for the holiday weekend to see what all the fuss was about. I’ve taken it through its paces with hot and fast steaks, baby backs, raised direct wings, reverse sear pork chops, grilled veggies and fruits like peaches and pineapples. 

My overall conclusion is it’s good lump but it’s not as good as Rockwood. Seems to be a little less carbonized than Rockwood. Takes about 15 extra minutes to get the medium up to temp and it burns about 30-50F cooler than Rockwood using the same vent settings. More white smoke up until 400F but not obnoxious smelling like most of the bulk brands. Rockwood also is faster to raise the temps. The Ozark Oak takes a while to go from 300-500F. I didn’t put a timer on it but I’d say it took twice as long as Rockwood to make the jump. 

The one true win for OO is the 10lb bag. I was surprised that I liked it so much. Much easier to handle and fill a smaller egg. 

Don’t get me wrong, Ozark Oak is good stuff. Really good in fact. But it’s simply not as good as Rockwood. It’s along the lines of Wicked Wood Weekend Warrior in my opinion. 

I’m glad that I have a few bags left but it’ll be used in the rotation as there’s no need to hoard it. 

I’m glad that Rockwood is readily available. Support an American small business that puts out a superior product. Keep up the good work @stlcharcoal You sir are the Lump King. 

Here are a few pics of some cooks. I didn’t take pics of all the cooks.


Comments

  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,400
    Great review mike. Couldn’t agree more on Rockwood’s hefty lead in the king of lump charcoal. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    Thanks for your review Michael.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 14,573
    Rockwood
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 12,960
    edited July 10
    Troublemaker :smiley:

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • milesvdustinmilesvdustin Posts: 2,450
    I love rockwood

    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Jumbo Joe

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,547
    Any testing done on a Medium BGE is null and void!
    Please redo on a real Egg.lol

    Nice write up and great food pics.
    Many years ago, in this area, we used to buy Picnic Lump Brand.
    It was very good and came in real nice 6.6 pound bags.
    Although it took 3 bags to get started on the XL.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 5,327
    Thanks Michael, nice review.
                                                                
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    Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!
    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • mlc2013mlc2013 Posts: 988
    its always good to be reassured your using the right lump go RW
    Long Island NY    
    1 XL BGE 12/17, 1 LG BGE 3/18, 1 MM BGE 3/18
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 14,573
    Did this testing include use of the KAB?
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,652
    edited July 10
    YukonRon said:
    Did this testing include use of the KAB?
    The medium has a KAB with the fire grate in place. Testing is too strict a term to use. This is merely one guy’s observations over a long weekend of using a product. 


  • MO_EgginMO_Eggin Posts: 223
    As someone who has only read about OO, thanks for the review and reducing my fear of missing out. 

    Rockwood was available in 10# bags in STL, but I don't recall seeing those in the past few years.
    LBGE - St. Louis, MO; MM & LBGE - around 8100' somewhere in the CO Front Range
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 7,635
    Nice to have Rockwood for a replacement. I sure miss OO though. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,652
    MO_Eggin said:
    As someone who has only read about OO, thanks for the review and reducing my fear of missing out. 

    Rockwood was available in 10# bags in STL, but I don't recall seeing those in the past few years.
    Thanks. That was really the intention of posting this. There really is no fear of missing out with OO. It has legend status for sure but you can go to the store and buy a superior product in my opinion. 
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,498
    I've never used the mythical Ozark Oak and all I know about it is via the nostalgic musings from those folks that had the good fortune to be customers "back in the day".

    I thought I had heard that the Ozark Oak plant was back up and running. Wonder how the old OO vs. New OO battle would go.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 2,455
    Ozark Oak and Rockwood are 1A and 1B, in either order. Very grateful one of them is still around because I don't want to go back to any of the 7 or 8 other varieties I've tried. Especially grateful that Rockwood is more readily available than ever.
    Stillwater, MN
  • Brisket_FanaticBrisket_Fanatic Posts: 2,824
    edited July 10
    @WeberWho said:
    Nice to have Rockwood for a replacement. I sure miss OO though. 
    Especially when good people to have 16 skids come through the area at $5 a bag for 10 lbs

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 6,055
    Speaking of back in the day.... Ron your trunk still full of OO?
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 16,007
    I used to procure LG amounts of OO... 80 bags at a time. I have burnt through it all. I loved it and the price... 50 cents per lb. I'm on my last bag of Rockwood now. I used Lazarri last night. Neutral taste but it's like the 4th of July lighting it. It's my understanding that Rockwood can't be purchased in CA. Might have to road trip to another state.

    On a side note. Jonathan is a great guy and I'd give him all of my business if I could. 
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 7,324
    henapple said:
    I used to procure LG amounts of OO... 80 bags at a time. I have burnt through it all. I loved it and the price... 50 cents per lb. I'm on my last bag of Rockwood now. I used Lazarri last night. Neutral taste but it's like the 4th of July lighting it. It's my understanding that Rockwood can't be purchased in CA. Might have to road trip to another state.

    On a side note. Jonathan is a great guy and I'd give him all of my business if I could. 

    It's alive....

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,980
    edited July 10
    henapple said:
    I used to procure LG amounts of OO... 80 bags at a time. I have burnt through it all. I loved it and the price... 50 cents per lb. I'm on my last bag of Rockwood now. I used Lazarri last night. Neutral taste but it's like the 4th of July lighting it. It's my understanding that Rockwood can't be purchased in CA. Might have to road trip to another state.

    On a side note. Jonathan is a great guy and I'd give him all of my business if I could. 
    Hey man I'm happy to take all your money too.  You gotta lay off the PBR and hang out here more........because RW has been available in CA since October 2017!  Mostly Ace Hardware's out there, but is getting into a few more places.

    MO_Eggin said:
    As someone who has only read about OO, thanks for the review and reducing my fear of missing out. 

    Rockwood was available in 10# bags in STL, but I don't recall seeing those in the past few years.
    The 10# bags are still around.....mostly butcher shops and grocery (Paul's, John's, Radeaker's, C&C, Bolyards, Max's, Corner Butcher, Straubs, Market Basket, Local Harvest, and of course our store in Eureka.)  You won't see them much outside of STL though.

  • jonnymackjonnymack Posts: 627
    Thanks for the write up. Rockwood is my go to for important cooks but generally use Royal Oak for the stuff that is not what I deem "special". Approach has been working. I do believe there is a difference with Rockwood. 
    Firing up the BGE in Covington, GA

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