I hope this is the correct place for this thread. When I first started smokin stuff in the old CB silver, I used briquettes. Just too much ash, and it wasn't workin out too well. Started using some lump from Lowes. I think it is the "cowboy" brand. It was working out much better. I found a site called " The naked whiz's lump charcoal data base" I hope its ok I mention another site here. If not let me know and I will edit the post. After an hours worth of reading I decided to use "royal Oak", and it is from the USA instead of argentina or Brazil. I have had great results with it, and the ash acumulation is minimal. At 11 bucks for a 20 lb bag, I really liked the price. I was just a bit curious as to what other lump users are using these days. Just wondering if I was missing out on a better available product!