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gmag
04-03-2013, 05:12 PM
I just wanted to do a quick post about Royal Oak lump charcoal. Today was my first time using it. I got it on sale yesterday for $4.99/bag so I thought it'd be worth a shot. The lump lit quickly and held good heat. I liked using it better than Good-One lump and Cowboy lump for sure. Definitely worth a buy if you're looking for lump charcoal!

Smoothsmoke
04-03-2013, 05:18 PM
Yes, it's good lump. Wish it was more readily available in my area.

Vendinguy
04-03-2013, 05:48 PM
Where did you find it for $4.99?

Daggs
04-03-2013, 05:55 PM
I don't smoke with RO lump but I do use it to start the chimney. I do however love grilling with it!

manbearpig
04-03-2013, 06:08 PM
Even though I want to hate them for buying up all the Missouri charcoal producers , they do make really consistent lump . Red bag only .

TheMidnightSmoker
04-03-2013, 06:20 PM
I would use it all the time if I could find it. Walmart here in town used to sell it for 6.97 a bag but they stopped carrying it a couple of years ago.

Kave Dweller
04-03-2013, 07:58 PM
Rest depot has red bag here all year round, but I actually prefer blue bag star fire, seems bigger chunk

Pyle's BBQ
04-03-2013, 08:47 PM
I just wanted to do a quick post about Royal Oak lump charcoal. Today was my first time using it. I got it on sale yesterday for $4.99/bag so I thought it'd be worth a shot. The lump lit quickly and held good heat. I liked using it better than Good-One lump and Cowboy lump for sure. Definitely worth a buy if you're looking for lump charcoal!

Did you pick that up at Menard's? It is about time for their yearly sale.

VA-Dave
04-03-2013, 09:02 PM
I've been using RO Lump for about 6 months now and just for giggles I bought a 20 lb. bag of Cowboy. I have to say that I don't see a difference at all.

Just my personal experience.

Dave

DirtyChurro
04-03-2013, 09:09 PM
I really like Royal Oak. It's what I learned to smoke with.

Pyrotech
04-03-2013, 10:35 PM
I usedto used royal oak all the time, but last year made the sitch to B&B. I started finding too much garbage, almost a bad as cowboy.

I think i am going to see if i can convince the wife we need to buy a pallet of B&B lump, they are close enough i can borrow a friends trailer and drive down to pick up

mbshop
04-04-2013, 12:19 AM
remember that k mart also carries it. but they carry the green bag which is just fine, basically the same thing.

Gulf Coast Blue
04-04-2013, 12:22 AM
I just wanted to do a quick post about Royal Oak lump charcoal. Today was my first time using it. I got it on sale yesterday for $4.99/bag so I thought it'd be worth a shot. The lump lit quickly and held good heat. I liked using it better than Good-One lump and Cowboy lump for sure. Definitely worth a buy if you're looking for lump charcoal!

What size and where?

gmag
04-04-2013, 07:27 AM
Did you pick that up at Menard's? It is about time for their yearly sale.

Yes, it was Menards.

Gnaws on Pigs
04-04-2013, 08:08 AM
I use the red bag for my kamado, and have had no complaints at all. After about ten bags, I have not found a single rock, piece of insulation, or other trash like I find in most of the other lumps. Mostly good-sized chunks of lump, very little square scrap lumber. I got a chunk nearly the size of a football in my last bag, actually had to break it up.

The red bag is made in America from American hardwoods, like oak, hickory, and such. the other color bags are made in other countries from tropical hardwoods. I prefer native wood, and American regulations on what can go into stuff over the third-world-produced stuff, myself.

VA-Dave
04-04-2013, 08:18 AM
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.

Dave

Teltum
04-04-2013, 08:23 AM
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.

Gnaws on Pigs
04-04-2013, 08:24 AM
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. :biggrin1: 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.

VA-Dave
04-04-2013, 08:27 AM
GOP - Thanks for the info.

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

Dave

gmag
04-04-2013, 08:33 AM
The best lump I've ever used is BGE. The problem is it runs at least $35/bag.

pull_my_butt
04-04-2013, 08:33 AM
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.

Cheers.

Gnaws on Pigs
04-04-2013, 08:33 AM
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.

ButtBurner
04-04-2013, 08:55 AM
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.

Teltum
04-04-2013, 09:08 AM
Thank you for the heads up ButtBurner. I guess it is off to Lowes for some Cowboy.

ButtBurner
04-04-2013, 09:10 AM
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

etcetrah
04-04-2013, 09:42 AM
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...

Teltum
04-04-2013, 10:38 AM
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.

Gnaws on Pigs
04-04-2013, 02:41 PM
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.

pmad
04-05-2013, 09:27 PM
I just bought RO.
Never again.
Most of the pieces were very very small

trufunk
04-05-2013, 09:43 PM
bought some stubbs lump from Costco and its not bad!

pocoloco
04-05-2013, 09:45 PM
It's hit or miss with RO. Rocks, small pieces, plywood, etc on bad bags. Lots of large and medium chunks in good bags. Nothing's perfect guys. Now when is that menards yearly sale gonna start?

mbshop
04-05-2013, 09:53 PM
stubbs at costco ?? really ?
i have used ro lump for a long time and i have found very little bad things in the bags. yes, lump will have small pieces. i have found this in almost every bag of other brands that i have used. what the problem is is that there is a lot of stuff that is regional so we just have to use whatever is reasonably available.


bought some stubbs lump from Costco and its not bad!

flatbed82
04-06-2013, 12:02 AM
Even though I want to hate them for buying up all the Missouri charcoal producers , they do make really consistent lump . Red bag only .Agree, used to get good deals straight from people