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  1. #1
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    Default My review of B&B Lump Hardwood Oak Charcoal

    I purchased a 20# bag of B&B Lump Oak charcoal and tried it this week and thought I would share my findings with you.



    The price was $12 and change at Academy Sports, which makes it about 50% higher than my standard lump charcoal. It was in a 20# bag, which is a little harder to handle than the 10 pounders I am used to, but at the same time, it would save a trip or two to the shed for more bags. the bag was stitched shut, but very close to the edge which made for an easy "Zip" open.

    When I poured some out to light it, I saw several fairly large rounds ( maybe as large as 5" diameter, and equally as long), among a lot of little pieces of "slack". Those familiar with buying heating coal will know what I mean by slack. The product appears to be made from branch trimmings as opposed to sawmill trimmings.
    Many of the pieces were just too big to burn and still get even heat and I had to break them up a bit. It wasn't hard to break up, but is was a little messy and just a bit of a hassle.



    It lit easily, and hard a nice long hot burn. It also had a very nice oak aroma to it as it burnt..

    The spark factor rated on a one to ten with then being semi fireworks was about a 6.5 by my experience.

    Overall, I would rate it a 7 out of 10 possible, with my standard reliable being a 9.5. I would probably buy it again if I wasn't able to get me regular brand.
    Last edited by SmokyOkie; 02-08-2012 at 12:01 PM.

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    TIM: Remind me what your normal perfered brand is.? Good review and it was appreciated. I have not tried it. I am still mixing briquetts with my lump to use up a bunch I bought but it will take me a while.
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    I don't want to be unfair to the folks at B&B.

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    I was wondering your normal brand too. I have only tried one type of lump, the Mexican mesquite and didn't care for it at all. I want to try a couple of others I have heard about but can't get it until spring/summer here. The stores don't have it out in the winter. Its Fricking SOcal, there is no winter here, they think people don't fire up the grills unless its 90 degrees outside?
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    Thanks for the review! if I see it here I will have to grab a bag.

    The only lump I can seem to find with any consistency is Kiawe. It tastes pretty good but sparks enough I keep the hose charged and by the grill. Home Depot carries Cowboy but I don't really like it (at all). I ran across 3 bags of Royal Oak lump and grabbed them yesterday. Anyone use it before? Anything weird I should be on the lookout for?
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    From my experiences Royal oak has been good .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Partyshack BBQ View Post
    From my experiences Royal oak has been good .
    Thats about the only brand i can get here.
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    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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    Verm, I odn;t thin you would be able to get my favorite brans where you live.

    In fact, it's getting in short supply because all the sawmills that supply the furniture business in NW Arkansas have been shutting down due to lack of demand.

    As to Royal Oak, they appear to have to different types, and I think I have tried both.

    they have American hardwood, and the one that doesn;t say that on it it South American.

    By my experience, all the South American products are extremely sparky, and very difficult to use.

    I don't know if it is the tyoe of woods they use or the mfg process.

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    I opened the bag to check it out, there are some HUGE pieces in there. overall it looks ok though. The bag says it's a "steak house" charcoal. I don't know if it's any different than their other stuff. I reckon it's a marketing thing.
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    Default The Naked Whiz

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubblehead View Post
    I opened the bag to check it out, there are some HUGE pieces in there. overall it looks ok though. The bag says it's a "steak house" charcoal. I don't know if it's any different than their other stuff. I reckon it's a marketing thing.

    Royal Oak markets 5 different charcoals. The steakhouse is pretty good but doesn't last as long as the Royal Oak hard wood.

    Go to this website and you will find out more about charcoal than you thought possible. The Montana Brand Lump you can order and they will ship to you. Very Pricy!

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

    With the gas prices we may all have to start making our own?
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