Maybe I'm too far north, or just looking in the wrong places, but the only lump charcoal that I've been able to find is the Cowboy stuff. After reading about the Royal Oak stuff, I went on a tour of all the Walmarts in the area and didn't find it.
I've been using Stubb's briquettes, which claim to be 100% natural. They don't smell as bad as kingsford while lighting.
Originally Posted by mr_goodwrench
While I was cleaning out the garage, I came across a propane dual burner cooktop from Harbor Freight that I bought for camping but never really used. So I hooked it up to my propane tank(that up until now I only owned for brewing...) and put the chimney on it. I ran the burner for about a minute and then shut it off and a couple minutes later, the charcoal was ready to dump. No newspaper!
I just tried that this weekend with the side burner of my propane grill. It worked great. Started faster, and no newspaper ash. Now I wonder how it would work if I put my chimney on top of my turkey fryer burner!