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Lump charcoal in Maine

Discussion in 'New England Members Group' started by snakepilot, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. snakepilot

    snakepilot Newbie

    Hi I'm a newbie to SMF and NEMG.

    My question is where you do get a good lump charcoal in Maine?

    I live in the Augusta/Waterville area and all I can find is Cowboy.

    Its my understanding that it is now made in Mexico and the quality is 

    really bad. I found the rating from " Naked Whiz".  It has a rating down to 74 or so with 

    a not so good a review.

    Thanks in advance

  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I usually can get Royal Oak lump at WalMart, but the Bangor store is out. I was in Portland 6 weeks ago and the So. Portland WalMart had plenty. I just bought a bag of Cowboy. I have yet to try it, but I may mix some in with the briquettes when I grill chicken on Sunday just to see what it's like.

    You might try McVety's Hearth and Home, they carry Big Green Eggs and may also sell lump.

    Let me know if the local WalMart has any Royal Oak left, Augusta is close enough for a road trip.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
  3. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Frontier is pretty good. I got mine at BJ's....if you can shop there. But I had good luck with that brand.
  4. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    BJ's in Portland and Auburn, too far to travel for me.
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    So I used Cowboy for the first time ever yesterday to grill some turkey burgers for lunch. When I opened the bag there were 3 of the biggest pieces of charcoal that I have ever seen, the biggest was a log about 12" long by 4" diameter. I whacked them all and they all split to reveal that they were indeed charcoal all the way through and not just the outside, with uncharred wood inside. I did the whacking with another good sized piece from the bag that was obviously mostly uncharred wood, it did not break like the others when doing the striking. My other observations pretty much follow the Naked Whiz review, started quickly, burned hot and did not last as long as RO. I'll keep using it until I can find RO again locally.
  6. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds like we need to airlift some of the good stuff in... Do like I do. Make the drive and stock up. LOL. 
  7. snakepilot

    snakepilot Newbie

    Cliff, I've checked Walmart and Home Depot in Waterville, also WM, HD, and Lowe's in Augusta.

    Nothing in the way of lump charcoal.

    I also checked Agway nothing.

    Trying to find a place online that will ship at a reasonable price. No luck yet.


  8. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    SnakePilot, I would try Walmart again. According to their website they have it in stock in the Waterville store. Maybe they have it in a hard to find spot? 
  9. snakepilot

    snakepilot Newbie


    I'll check tomorrow when I go to town. I'll let you know what I find.

  10. snakepilot

    snakepilot Newbie


    Went to Waterville Wal-Mart yesterday.  Talked to the Dept. Mgr. they do not have any RO Lump. They only have a few bags of "Best of the West" and some other briquettes.

    Not much of any thing, one small pallet 2 or 3 bags high with 4 different types of charcoal on it. 

    I know the Dept. Mgr. I worked for her in Lawn @ Garden a couple of years ago.

  11. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can order it for delivery site to store.

    Talk to your friend and see if they won't order a pallet, I'd make the drive to Waterville to pick up a few bags.

    FWIW the Bangor Lowes seems to have plenty of Cowboy lump.