Pros: burns clean, easy to light
Cons: less consistent burn rate than KBB, inconsistent lump size, very dusty
WSM 22.5, charcoal chimney, modified Minion method
I tried a couple bags of RO Hardwood Lump, but have returned to using KBB.
The RO Lump lights easily and burns clean, but I was unable to regulate the heat as well as I can with KBB. The burn rate of RO, at least to me, appeared to be less consistent and often faster than KBB. This may be the result of inconsistent lump size, too -- obviously KBB is very consistent, whereas the RO had some tiny lumps and some lumps that were nearly entire branches. The dustiness was a downside, too -- more black smudges everywhere.
The smokes I did over RO tasted a little cleaner than KBB, but for me it wasn't enough better to make up for the problems I ran into.
I'll admit that it's possible that the results I got were more due to something I did than due to the charcoal but, until someone can show me where I went wrong or I can figure it out, that's where my review lands.