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Royal Oak 100% All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal

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Royal Oak
  • 100% Hardwood Lump Charcoal 8.8 lb bag

Recent User Reviews

  1. hardwoodalchemy
    "3/5 - inconsistent lump size and burn rate"
    Pros - burns clean, easy to light
    Cons - less consistent burn rate than KBB, inconsistent lump size, very dusty
    WSM 22.5, charcoal chimney, modified Minion method

    I tried a couple bags of RO Hardwood Lump, but have returned to using KBB.

    The RO Lump lights easily and burns clean, but I was unable to regulate the heat as well as I can with KBB. The burn rate of RO, at least to me, appeared to be less consistent and often faster than KBB. This may be the result of inconsistent lump size, too -- obviously KBB is very consistent, whereas the RO had some tiny lumps and some lumps that were nearly entire branches. The dustiness was a downside, too -- more black smudges everywhere.

    The smokes I did over RO tasted a little cleaner than KBB, but for me it wasn't enough better to make up for the problems I ran into.

    I'll admit that it's possible that the results I got were more due to something I did than due to the charcoal but, until someone can show me where I went wrong or I can figure it out, that's where my review lands.
  2. magnus
    "Solid product."
    Pros - Lights up super fast. little ash leftover.
    Cons - short life. few large chunks. many little pieces. not cheap.
    It's okay.  Interval from coals lit to coals in the pit is quick.  Short life though.  Every single bag purchased had 40+% small bits.  
  3. brazosbrian
    "Zero complaints, 100% compliments ...on the Americ"
    Purchase Date:
    Dec 7, 2014
    Purchase Price:
    Pros - Clean, perfect thin blue smoke, very consistent burning
    Cons - Have to read the bag - insist on America Made
    I cannot think of a single complaint on this 100% natural hardwood lump charcoal ...burns hot if you want it too, but you can choke down the vents and make it simmer along with a very low temperature in your BBQ without going out either.  Perfect thin blue smoke, all natural American hardwoods... BUT rumor has it (so says some web sites) that there are 3 different types of red-bag Royal Oak 100% All Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoals on the market ...and maybe this is old info, but to get the best one, look for the "Made in America" label on the bag.  I get mine at the Home Depot and it not only says "Made in America" but also has an American flag on the front of the bag (near the top) - not shown above BTW.  The American Made version has no South American hardwoods (known for more difficulty in burning, more inconsistent) in it and is made from all North American hardwoods that burn smooth and long, very consistent and reliable.
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  1. theheatguy
    March 6, 2017,  VERY DISAPOINTED.   I have used this product for many years with success.  As time goes on, I find there is more and more dust and the lumps/pieces are getting smaller.  I purchased a bag of Royal Oak Lump Charcoal from Home Depot yesterday.  I opened the bag and put into my PVC Storage Bin at home.  I found 3 rocks/stones about the size of a golf ball.  The size of the lump charcoal was very small, from marble to golf ball size.  The amount of dust was over the top.  YES, I returned the bag to Home Depot for a full refund.  I will never by any Royal Oak product again.  I am going to try “Fogo FHWC35LB 35-Pound All Natural Premium Hardwood Lump Charcoal” from Amazon.  A little more money but the reviews on http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm highly recommended. 
  2. magnus
    Where can BOTW be found?  
  3. mad dart
    I agree, pieces are way too small compared to the bag of "Best of the West" Lump I have. 
  4. inkjunkie
  5. mcloven1t
    Got the large back, like 20 or 25 pounds for 12 dollars at Home Depot =]
  6. jason luedtka
    I have been using this stuff for a couple of years. Good stuff and cheap. One load in my Kamado Joe runs about 11-12 hours.