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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:18 AM   #16
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Is there more crap in Cowboy Lump? I notice a lot of people don't like it.

I have found the occasional string in RO, but not enough to keep me from using it. I've only used one bag of Cowboy, but I didn't see anything unusual in it.

I've noticed that RO smells better when you're waiting for the nasty white smoke to disappear, but after that, they seem the same.

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I have tried RO (red bag) a few times I just bought a bag about 2 weeks ago since it quit snowing here in Ohio. I find a lot of tiny bits. The last bag I got had about 6-7 good size peices. The rest of the bag was shake, tiny little bits that fall through the grate at the bottom of my kamado or grill.

I have had better luck long term with Cowboy but I am likely going to try RO food service (GFS brand) because there is a GFS on my way home from work. hear roumors there are more bigger bits.
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VA Dave, I've found all kinds of crap in Cowboy-insulation, rocks, plywood, wire, and Unidentified Farking Objects. Also, a lot of the Cowboy used to be 90% scrap lumber instead of wood chunks, I got a whole bag that still had the tongue and groove milling on it, I coulda snapped it together for a solid charcoal floor. I haven't bought any Cowboy in a few years, though-someone on here said a while back that they had improved it considerably from the old stuff.
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GOP - Thanks for the info.

Tongue and groove lump would definitely turn me off of it!

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The best lump I've ever used is BGE. The problem is it runs at least $35/bag.
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It could have been my good luck but when I recently switched from Royal Oak to Cowboy (used 3x now), I noticed that Cowboy had way, way less small bits than RO. Like another poster said, RO has a lot of small bits and you will only find a few pieces still intact. Cowboy had a lot of good chunks. Maybe these chunks are the scrap woods ya'll are talking about. Worked fine for me though.

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I have tried RO (red bag) a few times I just bought a bag about 2 weeks ago since it quit snowing here in Ohio. I find a lot of tiny bits. The last bag I got had about 6-7 good size peices. The rest of the bag was shake, tiny little bits that fall through the grate at the bottom of my kamado or grill.

I have had better luck long term with Cowboy but I am likely going to try RO food service (GFS brand) because there is a GFS on my way home from work. hear roumors there are more bigger bits.
I think sometimes the size of the pieces depends more on the kids driving the forklifts and tossing bags in the warehouses and stores than the brand of the charcoal.
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I have tried RO (red bag) a few times I just bought a bag about 2 weeks ago since it quit snowing here in Ohio. I find a lot of tiny bits. The last bag I got had about 6-7 good size peices. The rest of the bag was shake, tiny little bits that fall through the grate at the bottom of my kamado or grill.

I have had better luck long term with Cowboy but I am likely going to try RO food service (GFS brand) because there is a GFS on my way home from work. hear roumors there are more bigger bits.

I got 2 bags (at different times from different stores) of the GFS lump.

Never again. Both were mostly small pieces. You can actually feel them through the bag.
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Thank you for the heads up ButtBurner. I guess it is off to Lowes for some Cowboy.
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Thank you for the heads up ButtBurner. I guess it is off to Lowes for some Cowboy.
I dont know, I would check it out and see if it all feel small in the bag.

My GFS has real nice briskets, see if yours does too
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I've just begun smoking with an ECB my father-in-law wasn't using. I was very pleased to find Royal Oak at the local Walmart, along with a pretty good assortment of wood chunks and chips. It's the only lump I have any experience with, but the results from my first try were well received. Your price was about 60% what I paid for it though...
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Last time I was at GFS the briskets looked considerably better than the ones at my Wal-mart and they were full packers about $.50 cheaper than Wal-mart. I have a butcher about 3 blocks from my house (Al's Quality Market) and his briskets are $.59-1.00 more a pound than GFS but I know where the meat is sourced and it is some of the best meat I can get local for any price (Still Cheaper than Gaint Eagle). Plus I can call up and order whatever crosses my fancy with 3 days notice. I am picking up a pork shoulder tonight to smoke up Saturday.
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The best lump I've ever used is BGE. The problem is it runs at least $35/bag.
Unless they've changed recently, BGE is RO.
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I just bought RO.
Never again.
Most of the pieces were very very small
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bought some stubbs lump from Costco and its not bad!
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