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.
What Brand or Kind of Charcoal to use...?
Poll Results: What's your favorite Brand of Charcoal?
39% of voters (11)Kingsford
50% of voters (14)Royal Oak Lump
7% of voters (2)Royal Oak Briquettes
3% of voters (1)Cowboy Brand
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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.
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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.
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.