I recently purchased some cowboy lump charcoal at Ace Hardware, it was a twenty pound bag, I have only used Royal Oak before. I can get the RO red bags at Walmart here locally, but awhile back a friend gave me some in a blue or purple bag and the chunks were huge compared to the red bag. So I bought the Cowboy because it felt like there were bigger chunks in the bag. Well I got ready to use it, opened it up started filling my smoker and chimney, and noticed there are some chunks of lumber in here; ie tongue and groove pieces and triangular cut pieces of lumber chunks. I have never noticed this in the RO, also the RO looks like all burnt charcoal; the cowboy looks like the wood pieces were just rolled around with some other lump and basically coated with black dust. FWIW the lumber chunks looked like rough sanded oak, but hard to tell through all the black dust. It also seemed to burn a little cooler than the RO red bag.
Is this common to find "lumber" chunks in other brands of lump charcoal? (these are the only two brands I have tried since switching over from briquettes)
Any input here would be greatly appreciated.