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R.O. Lump Vs. Kingsford Comp Briquette

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I regularly use R.O. lump and was wondering what performance differences there are between that and the new Kingsford Comp. briquettes. Does the KF burn longer? Hotter? I haven't tried it yet just cause I'm so fond of the R.O. but I'm living outside of the city now and I can get to the KF about 15 min quicker than the closest Menards where I get the R.O.
Any help from someone who knows would be appreciated. I may just try some myself in this weekend's smoke but I am already stocked up on lump so I am hesitant to go buy more charcoal right now.

post #2 of 6

good website to check this out..

RO versus KF comp...

this is there article about the debate about the kingsford compition briqs.. look around on here and get some more inforamtion on what you want..


post #3 of 6
While Borax is certainly a natural mineral it is also used as a flux for the melting of preciouse alloys containing gold, silver, platinum, paladium and such in the dental industry and I would assume other industries as well. It allows the alloy being melted to flow and pool together to achieve a homogenious mix. Hope I spelled that correctly. That said it will leave behind a glassy hard surface in the crucible it was used in. NOt a bad thing for crucibles but what about your smoker. Temps for casting these alloys is relativly low, as low as 1400 degrees F. I must say all this is speculation on my part but I can see over time getting a glassy build up on metal surfaces. I don't know if this is good or bad. The temps in a pile of briquettes would indeed reach the melting point of the borax, this I am sure of. Maybe we all need more info but I will just stick with lump when I use charcoal in my smoker.
post #4 of 6
I cannot speak directly to both as I do not have access to RO Lump. Believe me folks, I have looked. icon_mrgreen.gif

I do have access to Kingsford Comp and use it all the time in the UDS. I have also used blue bag K, RO Briquettes, Cowboy lump, and Lazarri Mesquite lump in the UDS.

I like the Kingsford Comp MUCH better than the blue bag K and the RO Briquettes. Doesn't have the jet fuel smell while it is lighting that the blue bag K does. The Comp has a nice smell and just smells like wood burning. Doesn't make nearly as much ash as the blue bag K or the RO. It seems much more consistent than Cowboy lump (I know that's not saying much) and I just really didn't care for the smell of the mesquite lump.

I think it burns hotter than regular K and the RO briqs. Dont think it burns as hot as the mesquite lump but I don't think there is much that does. I have not noticed any sort of buildup resembling melted borax.

I did use some Wicked Good Charcoal Weekend Warrior blend in my SnP once. But I had to mail order it at a cost of about $50 for 40 pounds. That was probably the highest quality lump I have used and if availability was not an issue, I would probably prefer it over the Kingsford Comp. But based on availability, Kingsford Comp is the best I can get and I am pretty happy with it.

post #5 of 6
I know this is an old thread but I've got a question. I usually refill my SFB about every hour to maintain temps. I always mix about half KF Comp and RO Lump already lit to the existing coals. Do I need to add lit coals every time or can I just throw them in? I've always pre lit the coals in fear of over smoking my food. Any suggestions would be great.
post #6 of 6
Great info on that link!
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