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Old 07-11-2019, 04:38 PM   #1
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Stumbled on this site looking for info about "Embers" brand briquets. Could not resist he price at Home Depot so I bought the two bag package for $9.XX. I lit the firs chimney full and saw this awfully thick and acrid smelling white smoke emanating from it. It was a still morning and the smoke enveloped the whole yard. When the black burned to white though, the smoke was all gone and the coals lasted a long time. I feared using it to start the smoker for my brisket smoke but did it anyway. (I only use briquets to start the fire.) Turned out that it did not adversely affect the meat at all. Are these briquets made from hardwoods and if so what kind? If anyone knows.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:07 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info.
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It's made by Royal Oak
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Like mentioned, it is made by royal oak. Same product as royal oak original right now at wally for $8.88/2 18lb bags. Also branded as wally expert grill.
GFS has RO as their brand also. But single large bags #30? ea.
On another note.
I got 2 bags of the cowboy oak/hickory lump at lowes.
Won't be buying that stuff again. Around 1/5 of each bag just doesn't burn. Even at high temps 500* plus. Looks ok, just won't burn. Lots of pieces left after each cook and some rather large pieces.
Doesn't seem to matter if you are smoking or grilling. Some pieces just won't burn.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:32 AM   #5
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Hickory. I've been using it at the lake and like the results too.
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Any time people experience burning issues with briqs that I am familiar with, I automatically think that the briqs were stored outside at the store.


Or something else happened to cause them to soak up a bunch of moisture.


I've used the embers brand, I've used many of the re-branded royal oak products, and they all perform similarly well with the exception of a bag or two that seemed to burn up faster than normal.


I keep my briqs in air conditioning, so I know they will be in perfect condition when used. Once a briq has been exposed to moisture, they will burn funky. I certainly wouldn't trust a kingsford charcoal caddy to be air tight and completely seal the briqs from the moisture invasion.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:39 PM   #7
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These bags came from inside the store but the possibility of moisture occurred to me as well. It will be some time before I use up this batch to see if an other might be different. Anyway, if it is hardwood charcoal I'll put up with the initial smoke. Don't know why they don't label it as hardwood though. Lot more people would buy it I think.
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Hickory will give you a little heavy smoke till you get them burning good, it burns hotter and longer though.
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