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Charcoal Brands

Post by mp4 » May 29th, 2019, 3:54 am

I started a quest to trial different brands of charcoal and thought I would put all my notes here so other folks might benefit.

Mostly I'm interested in what it looks like straight out of the bag, how it lights up and if there are any issues with it.

I'm personally not cool on getting a bag of 'lump' charcoal and it ends up being miscellaneous scrap wood from a furniture factory.
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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by mp4 » May 29th, 2019, 3:56 am

Royal Oak Hardwood LumpImageImageImageImage



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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by JKalchik » May 29th, 2019, 7:53 am

I stopped using Royal Oak when I got a 1+ lb chunk of clinker and RO didn't seem to have any interest in addressing the problem.

Rockwood is awfully good charcoal. I switched from Rockwood to B+B as B+B is both cheaper and easier for me to buy now. Last couple of bags in the grill have sparked a bit more than I like, but it also seems to burn more completely than the Rockwood.


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Post by Frank_Cox » May 29th, 2019, 7:15 pm

awesome deal! I'm excited to see what you come up with! I mostly use Timber Charcoal which is made a few miles from my house. I have also used frontier, cowboy, and rockwood all perty good stuff.


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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by McBroom » May 30th, 2019, 3:54 pm

JKalchik wrote:I stopped using Royal Oak when I got a 1+ lb chunk of clinker and RO didn't seem to have any interest in addressing the problem.

Rockwood is awfully good charcoal. I switched from Rockwood to B+B as B+B is both cheaper and easier for me to buy now. Last couple of bags in the grill have sparked a bit more than I like, but it also seems to burn more completely than the Rockwood.
A clinker?? What’s that??


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Post by Weldun » May 30th, 2019, 7:02 pm

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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by JKalchik » May 30th, 2019, 7:18 pm

McBroom wrote:
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A clinker?? What’s that??
It's a piece that's come off the inside of the kiln, a chunk of ceramic lining.

This was in a 10 lb. bag, I got less than 9 lbs of charcoal out of it. I get that natural lump is frequently going to have non-burnables just from what the trees grew up through and in. The clinker in a bag is just crummy manufacturing and process control.


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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by McBroom » May 30th, 2019, 7:52 pm

JKalchik wrote:
McBroom wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 3:54 pm
A clinker?? What’s that??
It's a piece that's come off the inside of the kiln, a chunk of ceramic lining.

This was in a 10 lb. bag, I got less than 9 lbs of charcoal out of it. I get that natural lump is frequently going to have non-burnables just from what the trees grew up through and in. The clinker in a bag is just crummy manufacturing and process control.
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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by Dirtytires » May 30th, 2019, 11:51 pm

Supposedly, my brand is burned in a pit and then sniffed out by covering with dirt. I sometimes get a few small rocks (gravel sized) but never a big hunk of ceiling. Wonder if the pound of ceramic is worth more than a pound of charcoal? Maybe you actually owe them a refund.....

I know, not funny. Especially when that is your last bag a charcoal and you need every last chunk to finish your cook.



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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by mp4 » June 10th, 2019, 4:01 am

Kingsford Lump Briquets...

Definitely just briquets...I'm not certain how they could classify these as anything briquets and now we all know...they're just briquets. ImageImageImageImage



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Post by Stewart » June 10th, 2019, 7:06 pm

I use red bag royal oak it doe spark a lot but boy will it throw heat fast.



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Post by mp4 » June 10th, 2019, 7:41 pm

Stewart wrote:I use red bag royal oak it doe spark a lot but boy will it throw heat fast.
I'm a red bag Royal Oak guy myself. It seems to leave less tar on my mini's coal chute and leaves less ash too.



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Post by Stewart » June 11th, 2019, 9:05 pm

I agree it does render done well. I mix it with my cherry wood splits and it makes a great pair to cook with.



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Post by mp4 » June 17th, 2019, 3:56 am

Had a bag of Nature-Glo shared with me to some up some tomahawk steaks. Seems like good stuff. ImageImageImage



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Post by pr0wlunwoof » June 17th, 2019, 3:32 pm

Stewart wrote:I use red bag royal oak it doe spark a lot but boy will it throw heat fast.
My vote also. I get suckered when something else is on sale though. I'm about out and plan on stocking Royal oak.

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Post by Stewart » June 20th, 2019, 8:43 pm

Lol not like I can sneak a #30 lb bag past my wife but when they are on sale I always find a reason to go back to wallyworld for " something " I forgot lol.



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Post by pr0wlunwoof » June 21st, 2019, 4:38 pm

The gravity feed doesn't really care what kind I use but briquets seem more consistent on temps. The ash does change allot between some. Kingsford turns to powder while royal oak is grittier. Store brands burn good too. I started putting a piece of aluminum flashing in the chute closure and the fire door. It helps with the creasote build up. I just put 2 bags of "Expert grill Charcoal briquetts” on my Walmart pickup cause they were $5.96 for 16lbs.

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Re: Charcoal Brands

Post by pr0wlunwoof » June 21st, 2019, 4:41 pm

One thing I just thought of. My temp swing above setpoint after door opens might be higher with store brands. I will have to watch that this weekend. That would be consistent with larger or smaller coal beds and possible time to ignition.

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