Where to get good lump charcoal?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by smoker matt 54, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Been using the Kingsford Charwood lump. I heard its crap, where can I get some good stuff!
  2. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    In the KC area the best buy on lump is Best Choice, marketed by Associated Wholesale Grocers. About any store supplied by AG should have it, Price Chopper, Apple Market, etc.
    Here is the review from the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Data base -


    "It is Royal Oak charcoal packaged for Associated Wholesale Grocers. It can be purchased in the midwest from food shops that are supplied by Associated Warehouse Grocers. The AWG website indicates that there are 850 such markets. There was no scrap wood or funny stuff. It had a good distribution of sizes and not too much chips/dust. The smell was mild and smokey. The charcoal was easy to light, taking 2 sheets of newspaper in our chimney starter test. And check out the price! $4 for 10 pounds! A good value, obviously. All in all this is a great American hardwood charcoal and it gets our Highly Recommended rating."
  3. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I agree on Royal Oak. I have had good luck with it.
  4. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Mike. I didn't know that. I'll have to keep my eyes open for Best Choice in this area.
  5. smokyokie

    smokyokie Smoking Fanatic

    The #1 rated lump on Naked whiz is Ozark Oak. Royal Oak is rated 30 something. The folks @ Ozark told me that they private label for Best Choice, but I've been told that Best Choice also puts out a south American lump. All S. american products that I've used or read about spark like he!!.

    Hasty Bake is also Private labelled Ozark Oak. You can find it @ some of your local specialty stores but it's priced a little higher.

    If you want to find an outlet for Ozark Oak, they're listed out of Yellville, Ark.

    Other than Old Mexico Mesquite, Ozark Oak is the only thing I use, and I use a lot more of it than I do the Old Mex.
  6. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    I like the Ozark oak. It's uaually cheaper than most brands too.

    I pick it up at Wharehouse market.( the onlything I buy there) Last time I bought it was $3.99 for 10lbs.
  7. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I keep looking for it, but never find it around here. That doesn't seem fair, I'm closer to the Ozarks than you Tulsa boys! [​IMG]
  8. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    It's 215mi from Sedalia, MO to Yellville, AR wher Ozark Oak is made.

    It's 209mi from Tulsa. So I guess we're about the same distance.
  9. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dang it, you win; by 6 whole miles![​IMG] Yea, I fugured as much, but there isn't much market here in lil'ol 'delia. Possibly when spring get's closer. Supplies are very much seasonal around here.
  10. I picked up some Big green Egg Lump Charcoal,($20...... Better be good!),gonna try it out. Anyone ever try this lump before!
  11. You can search your local store or search on net for the best options.
  12. I try this one before and it is awesome.

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