I bought a 20lb bag of Western hardwood lump from Atwoods the other day just to try, it was $16 after taxes so it wasnt that great of a deal imo. Anyhow it said "New and improved" on the bag and I had done some reviews and seen a lot og bad review with this company from way back.
Well I lit some up today in my brinkman vertical smoker and cooked a thick sirloin and some corn cobs. I am really impressed with it, it had a lot of real big dense peices of log, none of it appeared to be any scrap lumber just real dense wood. it took a bit to get started in the chimney but then when it got started it took off and burned clean, no popping, no big flames, no heavy smoke. and it had a nice smell and flavor, you could tell a lot of it was mesquite. The stuff burns hot and I mean really hot and it burns for a long time, hotter and longer then anything I have cooked with. I havent checked the ash yet because my smoker is still setting at 275 with the vents closed, it was up over 400 deg f when I was cooking the steak and that was 4 hours ago.
I am a die hard royal oak lump user but I was really impressed with this Western lump enough so that I am going to try and keep some stocked at the house.
Anyone else try any as of lately?