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Unread 09-01-2011, 09:12 PM   #31
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I have to agree with Maple Leaf, if you don't mind the smaller pieces. The smell is heavenly, you never find any crap in your bag and it burns clean. You do get some nice big pieces but many small ones as well. When I get tired of the "crumbs", I buy Basques maple sugar lump. A lot less small pieces, some pretty huge ones and a very good smell too, maybe just a bit more rough.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 09:28 PM   #32
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It may not be the best lump, but B&B oak lump is pretty dependable. Never seen a petrified creature, or chunk of cement in it either. Smells like you're burning oak splits.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 10:13 PM   #33
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Wicked good. You get what you pay for.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 12:12 AM   #34
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I prefer Humphrey. Best combo of heat and burn time that I've seen. I thought RO was a little too ashy. I've also seen some clay/rocks in a few of the RO bags I've had.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 06:45 AM   #35
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Maple Leaf lump.

Can't get it in the States anymore (I don't think), but I ordered a couple of bags once, and it was like being in heaven when you burned it. Made only of Maple, Beech, and Birch.

Best.Lump.Ever.
Interesting, I walk by this stuff every time I'm at the BBQ store and never thought about trying it. It's 20 bucks a bag but I might try it next time I need to grill something.

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Unread 09-02-2011, 06:54 AM   #36
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B&B, any variety (around here, you can get oak, hickory, pecan, mesquite at different times) or RO when it's available. Sometimes the little grocery store in Brookshire sells it for $3 per 10 pound bag. I usually top off the basket with a couple of mesquite chunks from Academy since my offset is somewhat hard to get up to temp. (It's better since I put the high-temp silicone around the smoke chamber door.)
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Cowboy is the worst crap on the market.

For lump, I'm using Whole Food's brand. Got about 30 bags when it was on sale. Using it as a blend with my KB briquettes.
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wicked good is wicked good. wicked pricey too. i moved from that to royal oak from RD, which is very similar in flavor and burn, however, now i use stubbs for ease(no sorting)stability and longevity.
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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.
Yep. They are on Cherry Ave just south of Division.
Berger Brothers Inc
1176 N Cherry Ave
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Inspired by this discussion, I stopped at Berger Bros today and picked up 120 lbs. of Nature Glo. $64 including tax.
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Inspired by this discussion, I stopped at Berger Bros today and picked up 120 lbs. of Nature Glo. $64 including tax.
WooHoo!
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I Like Fronteir it seems to burn a long time and not much ash
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Well after this weekend and alot of smoking for the holiday i would 1 have to agree that cowboy lump is the worst stuff out there. So much of the bag was unusable and it burnt really fast, except a few pieces that wouldnt burn at all. I had a bag of best of the west oak lump, half the size of the cowboy and i got more time out of it. Thecowboy also popped alot. Going to try the royal oak, and might get some wicked good, they dont sell it near here, get somewhere they do ill stock up
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I have tried most of the charcoal that had been named in this thread. My experience overall is that you get what you pay for.

My go to charcoal after several years of trying and trying different charcoals I have come across... Wicked good. Reliable, smells great, tastes great, long burning, low ash.

I like green egg, b&b, royal oak, and maple leaf. I pass on most of the others now.
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So. I'm quite happy this thread came along. I must admit to having used cowboy lump before. I was always a bit disappointed in the small pieces falling through the grates, onto the ground, into my ash catchers, etc.
I looked at the naked whiz site and was thoroughly convinced to try something new.
I looked for Grove charcoal around town. I called a small meat market/grocery store and asked what they carried. "Grove, and Nature Glo" came the reply. I'm a happy man. I tried the NG which was 16 bucks for 20 lbs.
I'm more than happy with it. I'm going to try Grove too, but not till this stuff is gone.
I would hereby like to announce my official retiring of the Cowboy Lump on a permanent basis. I have seen the light, I curse the darkness that is Cowboy.


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