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KDBuchanan 10-09-2013 09:21 AM

Best Lump Charcoal
 
Is there really a huge difference in lump charcoal?

I have been using "The Good One" but my local ACE hardware was out so I bought "Cowboy" brand.

aawa 10-09-2013 09:34 AM

Cowboy brand lump used to be terrible, but now it is a quality lump charcoal. It is semi dense, has a long burn, and burns hot. The pieces are all natural wood and not scrap wood pieces that you may find in other brand of bags.

It isn't as good as Wicked Good Weekend Warrior or Kamado Joe style lump, but it also isn't as expensive as them either. Wicked Good WW and Kamado Joe are significantly more dense than Cowboy and Royal Oak. This lends to much longer burn times as well as able to burn quite hot.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 10-09-2013 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by aawa (Post 2652217)
Cowboy brand lump used to be terrible, but now it is a quality lump charcoal. It is semi dense, has a long burn, and burns hot. The pieces are all natural wood and not scrap wood pieces that you may find in other brand of bags.

It isn't as good as Wicked Good Weekend Warrior or Kamado Joe style lump, but it also isn't as expensive as them either. Wicked Good WW and Kamado Joe are significantly more dense than Cowboy and Royal Oak. This lends to much longer burn times as well as able to burn quite hot.

My opinion too, very well put.

Big George's BBQ 10-09-2013 10:29 AM

I am partial to Whicked Good I can go > 20 hrs on a full load in my egg I also like Humphrys

Ron_L 10-09-2013 10:38 AM

Take a look at the lump charcoal database at the Naked Whiz site...

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm

Very good reviews and test results for a whole bunch of different brands of lump.

Thermal Mass 10-09-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Ron_L (Post 2652292)
Take a look at the lump charcoal database at the Naked Whiz site...

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm

Very good reviews and test results for a whole bunch of different brands of lump.

Thanks for the link Ron!

I tried Frontier last weekend for the first time and liked it overall. What was cool about the link you posted was how accurate the reviews seem to be.:-D

Ya'all check it out...

peeps 10-09-2013 10:52 AM

I sure wish nakedwhiz would have a page that listed them by order of recommendation. Maybe I'm just missing it. I would love to click on a link and see all "highly recommended" lumps.

Tomah5139 10-09-2013 10:57 AM

That was a great link. Thanks.

Thermal Mass 10-09-2013 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by peeps (Post 2652316)
I sure wish nakedwhiz would have a page that listed them by order of recommendation. Maybe I'm just missing it. I would love to click on a link and see all "highly recommended" lumps.

Reader rankings, test results, side by side...

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumprank.htm

Thermal Mass 10-09-2013 11:01 AM

The Frontier I tried. Nice large pieces, burn time, heat and ash were average. Paid $13.50/20#. Will try it again.

http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/...psfb645836.jpg
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/...ps843e4249.jpg
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8f1bb3ca.jpg

aawa 10-09-2013 11:02 AM

The one thing about nakedwhiz is that they aren't up to date on some things. I remember reading their cowboy lump review and it wasn't that great. But the new cowboy lump charcoal is much better than the review that was posted a few years ago.

Bludawg 10-09-2013 11:06 AM

This looks just like the Frontier above a 10 lb poke is 4.82
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/a...1/DSCF0074.jpg

peeps 10-09-2013 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Thermal Mass (Post 2652323)
Reader rankings, test results, side by side...

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lumprank.htm

I must have missed the sorting before. Thanks! The compare on the side-by-side page will also be helpful!

ButtBurner 10-09-2013 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by aawa (Post 2652328)
The one thing about nakedwhiz is that they aren't up to date on some things. I remember reading their cowboy lump review and it wasn't that great. But the new cowboy lump charcoal is much better than the review that was posted a few years ago.

they have updated that review. They still dont like it very much which I dont agree with

Grimm5577 10-09-2013 11:53 AM

Frontier has a mexican made charcoal as well as an american made charcoal. I haven't used the american one yet but the reviews of it were better than the mexican made one, but i have liked the mexican one. I picked up 2 33# bags at BJ's I think they were just about $30 bucks each. Some good large chunks, but on average the chunks are medium to small, but very little dust and pebble size chunks.
I tried cowboy and although many have said it has gotten better, I'm still not very impressed.


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