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Unread 09-01-2011, 12:17 PM   #16
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This is what I use from my local Publix store. No idea who makes or packages it for them. I like it OK. Better than most others available to me. About $5 for 8.8# bag.

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I use Nature Glow. It is Royal Oaks food service lump. It has a ton of huge pieces and burns for a long time. It gets a 'highly recommended' rating from Naked Whiz. The food company I work for sells it, and I pay $13 for a 20 lb bag. If I'm out and need some, I buy royal oak at Walmart or Menards.
+1 on Nature Glow. I get the 40# bag at Berger Bros., a charcoal distributer in Chicago, for about $20.
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another vote for Maple Leaf. It is the best. When I go to Canada, I bring back several bags - available at Rona, a sort of Canadian Home Depot.

I just discovered GFS (Gordon Food Service) lump. I've read it's food service quality Royal Oak. Lots of big chunks. Lots.

Cowboy is junk. I wouldn't use it to line a cat box.
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I like good one lump a lot. Burns hot and has very little waste. The chunks are pretty good size as well. I tried Cowboy last weekend and it was horrible in comparison. Pittiful little chunks and seemed to have a lot of waste!
+1 for Good One. Best of any that I have tried. I've never found rocks, wire or other debris in the bag like many of the other brands.
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Humphreys, Wicked Good or Royal Oak. All good.
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Personally, I really enjoy Cowboy. They try to put a special surprise in every bag. Usually it is just a dud like concrete, but every once in a while you get a petrified mouse or snake. I hardly ever get cool stuff like that with those other brands.
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Here's some more info.
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Humphreys, Wicked Good or Royal Oak. All good.
Royal Oak varies in quality depending where you live. The Royal Oak in my town is made up of recycled plywood, has un-carbonized pieces, is not let in the Kiln long enough, smells a little funny and sparks when you hit it with the Looftlighter.



There are more small pieces than I would like some times; boy does she smell great.
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+1 on Nature Glow. I get the 40# bag at Berger Bros., a charcoal distributer in Chicago, for about $20.
That's a great deal. Is it open to the public? I may have to stop there on my next trip to the city.
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Per NW: "As for burntime, this charcoal set a new Whiz world record, burning longer than any charcoal we have ever tested. Longer than Brassiero, longer than Kamado extruded coconut. The ash produced in our test burn was very low."

And it's local and plentiful
Wow, what a great review. What stores in your area carry it?
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True Cue from HD. It's very heavy and it's a beotch to light but has nice smell and "smoky". I only use it for low n slows.
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Maple Leaf is best but I use Grove exclusively for lump.
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That's a great deal. Is it open to the public? I may have to stop there on my next trip to the city.
Yes, but they have odd hours and only take cash. Last time I checked it was something like Mon - Fri 8-4.

You go in a door, tell the guys at the counter what you want, and they bring it out to your car or truck on a forklift.

I usually tip the driver. It's an interesting place.
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Wow, what a great review. What stores in your area carry it?
It's carried by almost all Piggly Wiggly stores.
I find it in almost all the smaller hardware and butcher shops in town:
Karls Country Market
Bunzels Meat Market
Blairs True Value
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There is even a small comic book shop in my town that carries it.

Karls had it on sale this week for $7.99 for a 20 lb bag . .I bought 200 lbs worth
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