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Hi All!

I have been enjoying the CoCoChar for a few months but have learnt that there is no more coming to USA until Dennis solves the shipping challenges again.

 

What charcoal is everyone using, that provide excellent results, that I would be able to buy in domestic USA ??

I don’t want to compromise my cook with inferior fuel!!

 

 

 

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Many here use Fogo. The great benefit of coco char is that it imparts no smoke flavor of its own, leaving you a clean profile on which to add smoke wood. Fogo is not “clean” like coco char, but it tends to be a bit less noxious than cheap lumps like Cowboy and Royal Oak.

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3 minutes ago, Pequod said:

cheap lumps like Cowboy

PLEASE everyone, stay away from the Cowboy - it's just scrap lumber - terrible charcoal. Don't be swayed by the low price - you get what you pay for as they say. In this case, it's very true! 

Royal Oak is decent. Use it if it's the only thing you can get your hands on.

I like Rockwood and Fogo for my everyday charcoals. I can get Rockwood locally and Fogo shipping is not bad. I'm particularly fond of their QUEBRACHO and EUCALYPTUS lumps. I actually don't like their Super Premium - the lumps are just too damn big and I have to spend time breaking them up with a mallet and screwdriver. 

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Thanks for the info!

I have to start somewhere, so I ordered some Fogo Quebracho (free shipping for the big bag). Nearly ordered some Rockwood on Amazon but was scared off by the negative comments?!!?

Other suggestions for charcoal are welcome, I’m willing to try the good stuff out.



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19 hours ago, KKash said:

Thanks for the info!

I have to start somewhere, so I ordered some Fogo Quebracho (free shipping for the big bag). Nearly ordered some Rockwood on Amazon but was scared off by the negative comments?!!?

Other suggestions for charcoal are welcome, I’m willing to try the good stuff out.



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Rockwood has many fans and many detractors. I've gone through several bags and am now in the detractor camp. Far too many small and fine pieces. Others seem not to have had this problem. 

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I recently bought a couple of 34LB bags of Frontier hardwood lump at BJ's a kinda Costco store here in New England.  They had a Recommended review on The Naked Whiz with 51% at 5 and 39% at 4, pretty good. Less than $20 a bag and the quality of the bag itself was superior. I use upwards of around 300# per year to cook so I'm generally looking for a good domestic, this guy and Royal oak won't break the bank and your food won't suffer terribly. Mind you, it's not CocoChar but if you use a lot you have to be willing to experiment

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Done many lump tests recently. Not happy with Cowboy and Rockwood, threw the remainder of those bags in the trash. 

Lump cost can be very deceiving. If a lump costs twice as much but burns twice as long did it really cost more? 

Lump made from South American hardwoods are generally superior than lumps made from North American hardwoods. South American hardwood trees are just denser wood to begin with. 

Fogo Quebracho is really good. My only complaint is that it can have some really large pieces that would need to be busted up. My current favorite is Jealous Devil. It's made from South American hardwoods and the pieces are the proper size to dump straight from the bag. It can be ordered from BBQguys with free shipping. Just order it a few days ahead of time and it'll be waiting on your doorstep when you get home. 

 

@Tyrus  if you only go through 300#'s a year you need to get cooking B) 

I burn through close to 100#'s per month. Maybe starting January 1st I'll keep track of how much lump I use. Sort of like my how often do I grill outside thread. Could be interesting. 

 

 

 

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I guess I'm just a thrifty guy Ckreef...not to be mistaken with cheap, please. I keep the vents low and do mostly long slow delicious cooks requiring just a touch of heat. A style developed by admiring cooks as yours but, with a discerning eye to fuel conservation.  Truly, just an estimate, but obviously approaching your desire for fuel would only make me come out of retirement and "get a job". And that my friend would be a reverse in course for my approach too life. I will try, as hard as it may be, it may take a while but, for now as most minor leaguers we keep working and waiting for our chance to be called up. I wonder, your appetite for fuel...are there any trees left in the yard?

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One more good option that should be mentioned. KJ Big Block. It too is made from South American hardwood. The only drawback is similar to Quebracho, there are going to be a few pieces that need busting up. KJ has road shows throughout the year at various Costco locations. If you can find a road show near you the lump is reasonably priced. 

 

 

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I've tried both Jealous Devil and Big Block - both are very good charcoals, but the only way that I can get them is Amazon, which puts them at the high end of cost (even with Prime free shipping). KJ is $25 for 20# box and Devil is $34 for a 20# bag for comparison (the better deal is the 35# bag for $48 - same as what I pay for Quebracho from Fogo.) 

I guess that I've had better success with Rockwood because I can buy it at my local BBQ store and they get it by the pallet, so it's not as broken up in transit. 

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