Quick charcoal comparison: RO vs Cowboy

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by coyote-1, May 28, 2009.

  1. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    Having used both in the past couple years, here are my findings.

    Both are good. Both do the job, and yield delicious food.

    Cowboy generally starts easier, 2 newspaper pages in the chimney vs 3 for RO. Naturally, this also means Cowboy is ready to cook sooner.

    RO burns hotter and longer. A full charcoal basket sees a half-hour difference.

    RO bag contains less useless dust than Cowboy.

    So I have no real complaints about Cowboy, and will continue to not hesitate to purchase it if I can't get Royal Oak. But RO's the preferred choice.
  2. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have been using both recently as well, and have come to the same observations you listed.
  3. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    same here, almost exactly.
  4. speedway73

    speedway73 Fire Starter

    Cowboy is all that's available here in north GA in my area so I go with it. I have no complaints. I'm just a backwoods smoker...nothing fancy...

    I usually go w/a 60/40 chimney mix of Kingsford Blue bag and Cowboy.
  5. Being from the metro Detroit area we have many choices for fuel. I am a RO fan and will always be. What I don't like about Cowboy is that it is old processed lumber made into charcoal. Hard wood flooring, Etc. RO is wood from logs. HOwever Ro is getting harder to find. GFS used to carry it at a good price. Now the only place I find it is a high end garden shop for $16 to $18 a bag! I like it best so I will pay the price until I find an alturnitive.
  6. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    Until/unless a chemical treatment is applied, it's ALL wood from logs.

    It ain't like the wood in RO is naturally falling off the log in grill-size chunks - it too has to be 'processed' by being cut into small pieces.
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Since I switched to RO, no compaints and no regrets.
  8. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Used cowboy once, never used Royal Oak, though I'll have to give it a try.
    Almsot always use Stubb's all natural charcoal.

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