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Old 05-17-2009, 09:56 PM   #11
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I don't mind Briquettes when they are charcoal and starch binder. It is when they start including limestone, sodium nitrate and borax that gets my shorts in a wad.

Never mind the "matchlight" ones. No thanks, if I wanted gas fumes and ash in my food I'd cook over the flame of my salamander heater.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:48 AM   #12
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I love natural lump charcoal, but be sure to close the dampers a bit when you burn it, or it will burn really fast. You don't need any lighter fluid, just use the chimney starter per the instructions.

You can buy it at any good grocery store or a grill/bbq specialty store. Avoid Kingsford and Cowboy lump charcoal. Big Green Egg brand is expensive but usually very good. Here's a link that includes some pretty thorough reviews.
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:34 PM   #13
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I agree with disliking Cowboy. It is all scrap from manufacturing, which is environmentally friendly and all and it has been kilned so there is no wood flavor.
it is often long thin pieces from trim work, IIRC.

it works fine, it just is not prefered by many, for the above.
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+1 for natural lump charcoal.
I light my chimney starter with newspaper that has been brushed with vegetable oil.

 
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These things work great with a chimney. No more smelly, messy newspaper. I think they're about $10-15.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:42 PM   #16
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And it doubles as a heater for your HLT!
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The thought crossed my mind...
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:18 AM   #18
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I actually picked up some CRAP lump charcoal today.
New product from 'Hot Wood' a California Brand.

Never again. Hard to light, pretty much all dust and little pieces in the bag.
When it did light, it burned out really quick. It was a big waste of time.

I tossed the remainder of the bag in the dumpster as I went down the street for Royal Oak at WallyWorld.

My fault, as I chose to use the Weber versus my Gas Smoker today.
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According to the site you linked, the BGE brand is the same as Royal Oak, which is cheaper and widely available. In my part of the country, it is also sold as "Best Choice" which is the regional generic brand.

I agree with disliking Cowboy. It is all scrap from manufacturing, which is environmentally friendly and all and it has been kilned so there is no wood flavor.
Yeah, we bought 2 bags of Cowboy hardwood coal and it was all wood trim. What is with that? Did they like pull that stuff out of a burning house or something??

 
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Yeah, we bought 2 bags of Cowboy hardwood coal and it was all wood trim. What is with that? Did they like pull that stuff out of a burning house or something??
The particle size is always a crapshoot with lump. Probably has as much to do with transport and stocking as with anything at the production point.
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