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  • DavidNorcross
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1499
    • Virginia
    • Rec Tec RT-680
      Coleman RoadTrip LXX
      Javelin Pro Duo
      More Cast Iron than I care to admit

    #16
    Welcome from Virginia! I have had good luck with B&B lump and with their briquettes as well.

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    • FireMan
      Charter Member
      • Jul 2015
      • 7674
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #17
      I’ve used Cowboy, probably no more. Royal Oak is Ok & price is right. Love the Jealous Devil, A-1.
      BTW welcome!

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      • HouseHomey
        Club Member
        • May 2016
        • 5259
        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
        • Equipment
          Primo Oval xl

          Slow n Sear (two)
          Drip n Griddle
          22" Weber Kettle
          26" Weber Kettle one touch
          Blackstone 36” Pro Series
          Sous vide machine
          Kitchen Aid
          Meat grinder
          sausage stuffer
          5 Crock Pots
          Akootrimonts
          Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
          cast iron pans,
          Dutch ovens
          Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
          The help and preferences
          1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
          KBB
          FOGO
          A 9 year old princess foster child
          Patience and old patio furniture
          "Baby Girl" The cat

          Erik S.

        #18
        So far I’ve bought only FOGO and I love it!

        Make a great tasting chicken.

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        • HawkerXP
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 5485
          • Virginia
          • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
            Thermopops
            Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
            Slo n Sear
            Cold beer

          #19
          Welcome to the Pit! I'm a KBB fan so no lump from me.

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          • BBQPhil
            Club Member
            • Sep 2017
            • 202
            • San Diego, CA
            • Yoder480, BGE, WeberGO, WeberGas

            #20
            I've used Big Green Egg brand for many years, but recently changed to Jealous Devil available from Amazon. I liked it much better. It was easier to light, got to a higher temperature and seemed to last longer. And there were never any flying sparks.

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            • Mr. Bones
              Birthday Hat Master
              • Sep 2016
              • 9273
              • Kansas Territory
              • Grills / Smokers
                *********************************************

                Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
                Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
                Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
                Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
                Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
                Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
                Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
                Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
                Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
                Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
                Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

                Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
                Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
                Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

                Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
                Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
                Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
                Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
                Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
                Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
                (Lime Green)
                Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
                Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



                Thermometers:
                *********************************************
                Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
                Maverick ET-732, (Black)
                Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
                ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
                Blue ThermaPen Mk4
                Orange Thermapen Mk4
                Pink Thermapen Mk4
                ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
                ThermoWorks Smoke
                ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
                4 Pro Series cable extensions
                Smoke Gateway

                Accessories:
                *********************************************
                2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
                BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
                Warming shelf
                MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
                Backyard Grill marinade injector
                Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
                Bear Paws
                Meat Rakes
                BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



                Cookware:
                Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
                G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
                '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
                50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
                Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
                Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

                Cutlery, etc.:
                Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
                Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
                Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
                Multiple steels, from all over the planet
                Crock sticks
                Diamond stones, various
                Lansky Sharpening System

                Tableware
                Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

              #21
              Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
              Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

              Cain't help ya too much, here, on accounta ain't never burned total mebbe 2 bags of lump in my life. Sorry

              They's much smarter, an more experienced folks that'll help ya out, shortly.

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              • fkrall
                Club Member
                • Jan 2017
                • 134
                • Northern NJ

                #22
                That's like being asked "Which of my daughters do you think is the prettiest?" But since you asked, and to help you answer, FOGO or Rockwood.

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                • Whiskeyman53
                  Club Member
                  • May 2020
                  • 110
                  • Massachusetts

                  #23
                  I have used Cowboy which I did not like. The pieces were inconsistent with many pieces being not much bigger than briquettes. Currently I use Royal Oak and like it. Consistent pieces that burn hot and seem to last. After reading the posts I will most likely gibe B & B a try.

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                  • Bobmcgahan
                    Former Member
                    • Jul 2018
                    • 76

                    #24
                    I also endorse Jealous Devil. For a long low-and-slow cook, it burns really cleanly and holds a low temperature forever. I was very impressed by it. Will be my go-to charcoal going forward.

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                    • zero_credit
                      Club Member
                      • Mar 2020
                      • 260
                      • Near Chicago, IL
                      • Current Pride and Joy:

                        Masterbuilt Gravity 560

                        Old (sold) Loves:

                        PBC
                        Weber 22" Premium

                        Thermometers:

                        Inkbird

                        Preferred Charcoal:

                        B&B Charlogs

                      #25
                      I would recommend B&B and avoid Cowboy and Royal Oak. But the best answer is what is easily available at a reasonable price and you know how it burns as another poster said.

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                      • Mark V
                        Club Member
                        • Oct 2018
                        • 243
                        • Minnesota

                        #26
                        I used FOGO once and it was the only lump that had a problem jumping in temp. On the BGE, I always was able to use lump and never had to check temp, with the FOGO once it jumped a hundred degrees in the middle of the cook. Just my one experience.

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                        • hoovarmin
                          Founding Member
                          • Jul 2014
                          • 1043
                          • Neptune Beach, FL
                          • Weber Performer 22
                            SNS
                            Joule
                            Thermoworks Smoke
                            Thermoworks Thermapen
                            Kingsford Blue Bag

                          #27
                          I've just started using FOGO after being a KBB only dude for some time. Still on the learning curve, but man - that stuff burns clean and hot. It may be expensive, but it's captured my fancy.

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                          • TimMDWSM
                            Club Member
                            • May 2020
                            • 23
                            • Odenton,MD

                            #28
                            Originally posted by Bobmcgahan View Post
                            I also endorse Jealous Devil. For a long low-and-slow cook, it burns really cleanly and holds a low temperature forever. I was very impressed by it. Will be my go-to charcoal going forward.
                            Jealous Devil is pricey, but man it burns super clean. Hardly any ash at all leftover. For most cooks I’m fine with KBB, though.

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