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Old 10-09-2013, 12:23 PM   #16
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The Good One is my favorite charcoal by far. Cowboy isn't even close IMO. Search for different brands because there is a difference, but TGO is my favorite. Hopefully they will bring it back in stock.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:26 PM   #17
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Kroger brand lump is quite good if you live in an area served by Kroger. Royal Oak lump is also very good (at a good price point) if you are okay with shopping at Wally World. Around here, B&B available at Academy is another good brand of lump. I liked Wicked Good when I tried it earlier this year, but they were having serious supply issues in the summer, among other things.

I bought a few bags of RO lump when it went on sale a few months ago ($10 for 18lbs) and so far like it the best among what is available.
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:06 PM   #18
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I tried a bag of Nature's Own, and it had a surprisingly few big chunks & lots of stuff so small I couldn't use it. I prefer Wicked Good and was surprised how much more dense it is than the RO I got at RD. I'll stick with the Wicked, but it is pricey!
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #19
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I tried a bag of Nature's Own, and it had a surprisingly few big chunks & lots of stuff so small I couldn't use it. I prefer Wicked Good and was surprised how much more dense it is than the RO I got at RD. I'll stick with the Wicked, but it is pricey!
yes Wicked Good costs more but it lasts a lot longer, so I think its a wash more or less
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:15 PM   #20
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I tried a bag of Nature's Own, and it had a surprisingly few big chunks & lots of stuff so small I couldn't use it. I prefer Wicked Good and was surprised how much more dense it is than the RO I got at RD. I'll stick with the Wicked, but it is pricey!
I am 100% with you on this. You are actually coming out about even in money when using Wicked Good vs Royal Oak, unless you find a great sale on RO. You get more cooking time with Wicked Good than you do with RO. I had a bag of Wicked Good last almost twice as long as a bag of Royal Oak in cook time.

I say that I pay more money upfront to spend as much money as I would in back end/long run. As opposed to spending cheaper money up front but having to buy more lump to do the same amount of cooking.
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #21
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I am 100% with you on this. You are actually coming out about even in money when using Wicked Good vs Royal Oak, unless you find a great sale on RO. You get more cooking time with Wicked Good than you do with RO. I had a bag of Wicked Good last almost twice as long as a bag of Royal Oak in cook time.

I say that I pay more money upfront to spend as much money as I would in back end/long run. As opposed to spending cheaper money up front but having to buy more lump to do the same amount of cooking.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:47 PM   #22
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yes Wicked Good costs more but it lasts a lot longer, so I think its a wash more or less
Way I look at. They say Ozark is good stuff but haven't tried yet. Sure wish this stuff was more accessible. Hence the high s&h charge.
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Have any of you tried Parkers? I got a bag the last time I was at the BBQ Equipment Store, I thought it was pretty good stuff.

http://www.parkercharcoal.com
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The Good One is my favorite charcoal by far. Cowboy isn't even close IMO. Search for different brands because there is a difference, but TGO is my favorite. Hopefully they will bring it back in stock.
I prefer TGO in my egg also. Ace hardware on 84th street stocks it. Ive used cowboy also and thought it smelled and took forever to get going
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