What Brand or Kind of Charcoal to use...?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by smokeringred, May 19, 2011.

What's your favorite Brand of Charcoal?

Poll closed Jun 19, 2011.
  1. Kingsford

    0 vote(s)
  2. Royal Oak Lump

    0 vote(s)
  3. Royal Oak Briquettes

    0 vote(s)
  4. Cowboy Brand

    0 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Ok, I've heard so many different opinions and answers to this question. But there are numerous brands of Charcoal out there, and different forms of charcoal. But What I want to know is, what brand or kind (lump or briquette) of charcoal lights faster and lasts longer with minimum ash left over.
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Kingsford blue bag is all I use, wait now I have a watt burner. 
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I always prefer hard wood lump. The brand I use is Rancher. Closest thing on your list up there is RO lump. Provides a really nice TBS along with the heat.
  4. rowdyrawhide

    rowdyrawhide Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Started out using RO lump, tried the Cowboy, needless to say I went back to the RO lump.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Kingsford blue bag.
  6. Maple Leaf lump.
  7. kjlued

    kjlued Smoke Blower

    For ease of use I have always used Kingsford and gasp at the fact that I have even used their matchlight. lol

    But charcoal does not give the flavor that wood does and wood is free for me.

    However, it is a little harder to light the charcoal.

    So when I am having trouble getting the all wood lit, I will throw a few regular kingsford (blue bag) briquettes in let them get started and then throw the real wood chunks on.
  8. cabin fever

    cabin fever Smoke Blower

    Kingsford blue bag here. Don't really see a reason to switch to anything else.
  9. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    I use the Blue Bag or Stumps when I can get it. I have used the Kingsford Competition as well. I personally have not used lump all that much though I probably will when I start making pizzas on the grill.
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Use both Kings. Blue Bag, and RO Lump.
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

       Little chunks of wood burned to embers(can be done in a chimney)[​IMG].
  12. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I like royal oak lump.  Kingsford smokes to much and puts off an odor
  13. alaskanbear

    alaskanbear Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Blue bagger here
  14. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    RO lump in the chargriller, Stubbs briqs in the kettle. I have used RO briqs in the recent past and thought they were OK.
  15. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I use cowboy lump 20lb bag, burns hot with very little ash, very convenient to get unlike other brands of fuel for the smoker. A lot of bad reviews on here from some folks, butt I like it.     
  16. Kingsford blue bag. easiest to lite and burns the best. wood with that for smoking.

    Never Never use gas lite type or add gas. Chiminey start or torch.
  17. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I use sticks of hickory.I have 2 ricks on hand.
  18. kjlued

    kjlued Smoke Blower

    I am getting better with the straight wood no charcoal fires.

    I found it is best to use less wood and have a little more patience to start.

    I also cut the chunks a little smaller this last time.

    Also I find newspaper is the best way to start it vs other paper.

    However, when it is all done, the flavor is unbeatable.
  19. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Basques sugar maple lump, or if I'm out I use Maple Leaf lump.
  20. RO Lump seems to work best for me.

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