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Kingsford, I LIKES me some ash. 21 25.00%
Lump kilned chunks 56 66.67%
Raw chunks(not kilned) 3 3.57%
Logs, sticks, or things I find in the yard. 4 4.76%
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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HOLY ****.

Hadn't used kingsford in years, recent price jumps made me grab a 2 pack at wallyworld.

I have never seen such a crappy lack of heat and such a gigantic pile of ash.

NEVER again.

I guess that back when I always used kingsford, I just figured that was how it was.

I now get the lump hardwood at Lowe's, I also like the unkilned wood chunks at kroger, if you HAVE to use kingsford, a few of those thrown on top will mask some of the crappyness, but won't reduce the ash significantly.

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I now get the lump hardwood at Lowe's, I also like the unkilned wood chunks at kroger, if you HAVE to use kingsford, a few of those thrown on top will mask some of the crappyness, but won't reduce the ash significantly.
Is that the cowboy lump? I got a bag of that and wasn't impressed. I like the Wicked Good Weekend Warrior for low and slow and have been pretty impressed with the BGE for grilling. However, the costs getting so high on the stuff I'm thinking of getting a couple of steel barrels and start making my own.
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Is that the cowboy lump? I got a bag of that and wasn't impressed. I like the Wicked Good Weekend Warrior for low and slow and have been pretty impressed with the BGE for grilling. However, the costs getting so high on the stuff I'm thinking of getting a couple of steel barrels and start making my own.
Cowboy lump really crackled on me, and high heat...i like the competition charcoal briquettes for more steady heat. Recently bought trader joes natural briquettes to try, impressed to far! Less pops, and more steady heat...can't recall how much $, though
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Yeah, the Wicked Good Weekend Warrior really cracks and pops if you try to get it to grilling temps, but burns really long and ashes low for low and slow. BGE is good all around, but I find it better for grilling. Right now I'm using the Primo (BGE competitor BBQ) brand and don't like it as much as BGE; however, last night I was running about half old lump and half new Primo and was still able to get my egg up to 750 degrees to sear my NY strip. Usually if I have completely new lump in the egg I can push it to 900 so I was happy about the 750.

How are the competition brquettes for ash?

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I have a couple bags on kingsford i've been trying to get through. every time I use it in the egg the bottom needs to have the ash removed. I usually only add it when I'm grilling, not for a slow cook. Only buying lump from here on out.

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competitions are still ashy, although not as bad as the original...i'll probably end up using the trader joes this summer until they/I run out of stock, then use competition for the winter months. unfortunately, i'm in the city and have limited options, so i've been happy to use the competition until the TJ's opened up nearby. from what i've read, the TJs coal is rebranded rancher

the competitions are better for grilling (you can get them pretty hot), but i've used them with some lump for slower cooking.

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Lump is getting so expensive around here I'm wondering if I should buy a few pallets to cut the cost. We are running around $25 for a 20lb bag here, I'm betting that down south its a hell of a lot cheaper.

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Lump is getting so expensive around here I'm wondering if I should buy a few pallets to cut the cost. We are running around $25 for a 20lb bag here, I'm betting that down south its a hell of a lot cheaper.
I get the Cowboy lump at Ace Hardware for about $10/20-lb. I would never have used it if it were $25. In a pinch, I get the grocery store brand bricquettes but I much prefer the lump.
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Yeah the cowboy stuff at Lowe's gets hot and leaves minimal ash.

I am by no means an expert, any suggestions of something better would be great!

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What's available seems to be pretty regional, but slowly places are catching on to the idea that real charcoal is better than the crap Henry Ford gave us when he was trying to figure out what to do with all the wood waste from making his cars. If you all checkout the Naked Whiz (no its not porn) they have a charcoal database that will help you out with what is the best out there.

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