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After using both Royal Oak & Kamado Joe charcoal, I like the Royal Oak better. The Kamado Joe charcoal is much denser than the Royal Oak. It takes a long time to fire up. It will be good for an extended low and slow smoke since it burns much slower due to its density. Its make up is much different also. It appears to be made from actual tree pieces since many of the pieces are tree branch pieces. There are also some rather extra large chunks. One of the hardware stores in town has Ozark Oak Lump Charcoal that I have not tried, but will buy to try to see if I like it.