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Charcoal / Lump Coal Recommendations

kevin pitzer

Fire Starter
Joined Dec 3, 2015
Hello all - I have a WSM and follow Harry Soo quite a bit which I love his tips/techniques. I was wondering what most comp people use for charcoal/lump coal. I currently use Kingsford because it is easy to purchase anywhere, however I am seeking something that might be better which will provide a better flavor/smoke taste that is readily available? Any suggestions???
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Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
Joined Sep 12, 2018
I use RO because it's cheaper, and seems to as good (if not better) than Kingsford. I get my flavor from adding smoke wood.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 7, 2017
+1 for royal oak. Even their house brands are good and Soo much cheaper per lb. This isn't as big of a deal I guess if you don't use a lot, but many of use go through a ton of charcoal.

So if it's better and cheaper? It's coming home with this guy.


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Sep 7, 2013
I'm on my phone and can't put the links in here. I tested KBB against RO Ridge briquettes and RO won hands down. It is also bagged under a lot of names like Embers at Home Depot and Expert Grill at Wally World. Try a bag, but use 1/4th the amount of hot charcoal compared to KBB to start the cold pile of Ridge and wood.


Smoke Blower
Joined Feb 13, 2019
Royal Oak is the way to go. B&B is starting to gain some ground too. I think kingsford is just the well known brand of your casual griller/camper and there are plenty of better options. RO burns hotter longer and the bags are decently consistent with the size of the lump.

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