So the big variable for me is fuel choices. I have tried KBB, Stubbs, Royal Oak lump, and Kingsford Competition. Haven't tried any others due to availability at the local stores (i am always on the hunt for coal!). Also, all smokes have been setup with the original Minion method.
KBB-ok for grilling on the kettle or wings on the WSM, but I would not use this on anything that would require a long smoke on a big piece of $$ meat.
Stubbs- awesome coal, but definitely has a flavor of its own. If I am not careful with my wood selection for smoke, it can not work well with the coal. I am going to try maybe a 50/50 with Stubbs and KC/KBB.
RO Lump-great for grilling on the kettle, but not sure I will try it for a long smoke. Burned hot and fast...I dont have any experience with it in the WSM.
Kingsford Comp-very good results on smoking ribs, wings and on the kettle for grilling. Right now this is my go to fuel, but I have a limited supply locally. Only available at Meijers and I am not sure how they stock charcoal through the winter (I am in Michigan).
Any of these make your list? Same or different opinions as mine? Of course this is the first post about charcoal LOL !!