• Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Charcoal Run

noboundaries

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
7,385
1,679
Joined Sep 7, 2013
Nice haul! 26 cents a pound for RO is cheap and dependable fuel.
 

Motorboat40

Smoke Blower
79
94
Joined Feb 5, 2020
I've heard that the expert grill brand the walmart charcoal is made by royal oak so it is the same stuff in a different bag, anyone else heard this? I've tryed the cheap Walmart charcoalband I can tell any difference from the royal oak.
 

ross77

Smoking Fanatic
397
109
Joined Oct 1, 2013
I've heard that the expert grill brand the walmart charcoal is made by royal oak so it is the same stuff in a different bag, anyone else heard this? I've tryed the cheap Walmart charcoalband I can tell any difference from the royal oak.
It’s possible. I’ve heard the cheaper stuff could be the cast offs of the same briquettes. Broken pieces etc.
 

Motorboat40

Smoke Blower
79
94
Joined Feb 5, 2020
It’s possible. I’ve heard the cheaper stuff could be the cast offs of the same briquettes. Broken pieces etc.
The bag I got was all while peices I held one up to a royal oak peice looked the same to me.
At 5.99 for 16lbs normal price it does the job when the really good sales aren't going on.
 

noboundaries

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
7,385
1,679
Joined Sep 7, 2013
I've heard that the expert grill brand the walmart charcoal is made by royal oak so it is the same stuff in a different bag, anyone else heard this? I've tryed the cheap Walmart charcoalband I can tell any difference from the royal oak.
Walmart's Expert Grill, Home Depot's Embers, and several grocery store brands are all Royal Oak Ridge "seconds." The Royal Oak bags have Ridge briquettes with perfect stamps that weigh 1 ounce each. The store brands have broken pieces, imperfect stamps, and some briquettes with partially carbonized wood shavings. I've used both and found zero difference in performance or taste between them.

My guess is Lowes is switching to a store brand and off-loading the name brand version. I'd expect to see the introduction before the Memorial Day weekend.
 

Motorboat40

Smoke Blower
79
94
Joined Feb 5, 2020
Walmart's Expert Grill, Home Depot's Embers, and several grocery store brands are all Royal Oak Ridge "seconds." The Royal Oak bags have Ridge briquettes with perfect stamps that weigh 1 ounce each. The store brands have broken pieces, imperfect stamps, and some briquettes with partially carbonized wood shavings. I've used both and found zero difference in performance or taste between them.

My guess is Lowes is switching to a store brand and off-loading the name brand version. I'd expect to see the introduction before the Memorial Day weekend.
Yeah last time I was in Lowes they sold all the RO and had a different brand for 7.99 for 16lb bag. Sorry but I can't remember the name of the new brand they went to. For my money I'll just stay with the expert griller bag for 5.99 16lbs until th other stuff goes on sale for cheaper. I only use 1 chimney in my offset smoker as a base to getbabbit started then I add sticks of what ever wood I'm smoking with as need throughout the cook. And I have a little 14in weber kettle style grill only uses about 1/2 chimney. The rest of my grills/ smoker's are propane.
 

noboundaries

Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
7,385
1,679
Joined Sep 7, 2013
Hmmm. Looked on my local Lowes website and they had the Royal Oak Classic (Ridge briquettes) on sale for $1.99 for a 15.4 lb bag at a clearance price.

They had a bag labeled RIDGE only at the $7.98 for 16 lb bag. It's all Royal Oak.
 

gary s

SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
OTBS Member
25,834
4,342
Joined Jan 6, 2011
I'm down to my last couple of bags Waiting on a big sale

Gary
 

5GRILLZNTN

Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
1,695
746
Joined Sep 12, 2018
I remember when Kingsford went on sale one holiday. 12 bags in the back of my Mini Cooper. Talk about some some strange looks from people.
 

Latest posts

Hot Threads

Top Bottom
  AdBlock Detected

We noticed that you're using an ad-blocker, which could block some critical website features. For the best possible site experience please take a moment to disable your AdBlocker.