I did get a bag just to see if they had changed. They bag was definitely full of branch-type pieces, not lumber scraps, however the smell was just too pungent for me. Once it ashed over it was fine but I usually like to leave a little unburned lump in for flavor. I couldn't do that with the new Cowboy. But it was a nice change to see chunks of wood that I could tell where they came off of the tree.