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Harbormaster
08-30-2015, 02:27 PM
I cooked 150 lbs of pork butts yesterday into this morning for the 50th Annual United States Watermelon Speed Eating and Seed Spitting Championships (which will be held Saturday September 12th at beautiful Chandler Park in historic Pardeeville, WI) and for the boys' football team dinner.

I got a couple of partial bags of charcoal out from the deck cabinet and loaded up 4 WSMs. After getting the last 2 ready, I realized the first one was loaded with Stubbs, the second with Coshell, and the last two were loaded with Royal Oak Chefs Select.

Serendipitous briquette test!

My findings?

The Coshell WSM ran at 275 and seemed to have the longest lasting briquettes but the least smoke aroma. I was impressed with the burn time.

The Stubbs also ran at 275 or so, had the second longest lasting briquettes and a pleasing hardwood smoke aroma.

The ROCS WSMs stayed in the 260-265 range, had the best hardwood smoke aroma, but the briquettes were the fastest burning.

In my final appraisal, using price, availability, and overall performance I determined the winner to be the ROCS.

I liked the Coshell, but the nearest Lowes in 90 miles away and the regular price is pretty spendy. The 18 or 20 lb bags are small for my liking.

The Stubbs is great fuel and I like cooking with it. However it costs more and is less convenient for me to obtain. Also, it's not available in bigger bags.

The ROCS comes in 40 lb bags, I can order it on-line and have it shipped to store (Do It Best hardware) for free. It's about $22.00 for 40 lbs and the Do It Best is about 5 miles closer than Wal Mart. It smells great and performs pretty well.

landarc
08-30-2015, 02:29 PM
Cool findings

Diesel Dave
08-30-2015, 03:24 PM
Thanks!!! :thumb:

If Clint says it's so then it is

IamMadMan
08-30-2015, 03:36 PM
Thanks for the great review..... Awesome comparison..



I got a couple of partial bags of charcoal out from the deck cabinet and loaded up 4 WSMs. After getting the last 2 ready, I realized the first one was loaded with Stubbs, the second with Coshell, and the last two were loaded with Royal Oak Chefs Select.

Serendipitous briquette test!

My findings?

The Coshell WSM ran at 275 and seemed to have the longest lasting briquettes but the least smoke aroma. I was impressed with the burn time.

The Stubbs also ran at 275 or so, had the second longest lasting briquettes and a pleasing hardwood smoke aroma.

The ROCS WSMs stayed in the 260-265 range, had the best hardwood smoke aroma, but the briquettes were the fastest burning.

In my final appraisal, using price, availability, and overall performance I determined the winner to be the ROCS.

I liked the Coshell, but the nearest Lowes in 90 miles away and the regular price is pretty spendy. The 18 or 20 lb bags are small for my liking.

The Stubbs is great fuel and I like cooking with it. However it costs more and is less convenient for me to obtain. Also, it's not available in bigger bags.

The ROCS comes in 40 lb bags, I can order it on-line and have it shipped to store (Do It Best hardware) for free. It's about $22.00 for 40 lbs and the Do It Best is about 5 miles closer than Wal Mart. It smells great and performs pretty well.



I also love the burn time of Coshell, as well as easy ash removal still in briquette form. In late November thru January you can find most Lowes has Coshell briquettes for $0.99 to $$1.50 for an 18 - 20 pound bag... I clean out all the local stores or anywhere else I may travel.

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Harbormaster
08-30-2015, 08:32 PM
In late November thru January you can find most Lowes has Coshell briquettes for $0.99 to $$1.50 for an 18 - 20 pound bag...
Thanks for the tip! I'll try to remember that.

STLBBQer
08-30-2015, 08:40 PM
Thanks for the results. Pretty much confirms why I use Stubbs. I get Stubbs for $8.99 per 15 lb bag here and I can get all I need at my local Lowe's. Wouldn't give up the longer burn time over Royal Oak for a mere 5 cents per lb.

Harbormaster
08-30-2015, 09:41 PM
Thanks for the results. Pretty much confirms why I use Stubbs. I get Stubbs for $8.99 per 15 lb bag here and I can get all I need at my local Lowe's. Wouldn't give up the longer burn time over Royal Oak for a mere 5 cents per lb.
I hear ya, and if I could choose between Stubbs and ROCS from the same source, I might go with Stubbs too.

But it's another 10 - 15 minute drive and it's Wal-Mart.

STLBBQer
08-30-2015, 10:53 PM
I hear ya, and if I could choose between Stubbs and ROCS from the same source, I might go with Stubbs too.

But it's another 10 - 15 minute drive and it's Wal-Mart.

You know what's funny? Likewise, I can't get ROC anywhere around here that I've found. I want to try them, because they're universally praised. RO Lump is everywhere, but no briquettes. I really like Kingsford Competition too, but around here it's usually very high $$$.

gtr
08-30-2015, 11:38 PM
Great post. How available something is figures greatly into my equation as well. I go to Trader Joe's every weekend, and there they have the charcoal I like at a decent price (store brand which is made by Rancher). It works out to a little over 50 cents a pound, which is what I figure is a pretty good price for briqs or lump. The coconut charcoal seems to be great for small cookers, like WGA's since you can pack a lot of btu's in a small area and have more real estate for cooking. Phubar and lots of other Dutch Pharkers roll that way Phor a good reason!