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41 reviews | 4.7 out of 5
this thing about this charcoal it burns well and has no added kerosene which a horrible taste to food
I have used this for years always works well, a little news paper gets it burning
...but saw the Royal Oak Lump Charcoal and gave it a quick lookup on my phone. I liked what I saw from the reviews, and decided to feed my Weber something new. This stuff is way better than the Cowboy stuff they sell at the hardware store and performed just as well as the expensive stuff my local butcher shop carries. The pieces were well sized (big enough to scatter, but small enough to fit easily in my chimney starter). They burned clean, hot, and for a good amount of time...long enough for my Tandori wings to finish as well as a dozen hot dogs...and I could easily have cooked another 30 minutes with the fire. Overall I am very happy I made the purchase and it will probably increase the usage of my Kettle Grill over my Weber Gas Grill this summer. GOOD STUFF!
I've used other "lump charcoals" and most of the others are little bitty pieces, one HUGE piece and DUST! Royal Oak is pretty good size pieces perfect for a small backyard grill all the way to the bottom of the bag.
As a BBQ pitmaster, I use to use the stuff in the blue bag. There was just too much ash and hard to control temps. So, I switched to Royal Oak Lump abt 7 yrs ago and have never looked back. It lights easier, cooks clean, hardly no ash, and consistent temps. Too bad my local WM store only had 6 bags this spring. After they sold out, thanks to me, they have not gotten anymore in... so now I have to go to an orange box hardware store next to my local WM to buy it... come on Walmart wise up and stock this stuff. Just look at all these positive reviews.... I alone will go through abt 200 lbs a year.
Lights easily with newspaper. Ready quickly. No chemicals like other leading charcoals. Buy a charcoal chimney and use this. You'll love the difference in taste.
I use this charcoal all the time and its good to know that I can pick it up locally in Ridgeland. Cooks quick and evenly and food has a wonderful, natural taste.
I have been smoking for quite sometime and have tried a lot of different varieties. This is by far the best. It burns hot and long with a small amount of ash. It is very clean and doesn't have weird insulation looking things in it like other popular brands. This is the same charcoal that Big Green Egg uses. The only downside is it will impart some oak smoke. I say its a downside because sometimes you want to control exactly what kind of smoke hits the meat. (e.g. 2 oz of peach with 3 oz of pecan). If you want to go to a great resource for charcoal reviews: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm
I got this originally for my forge and its works great for heating up steel. It hardly smokes and makes some great barbecued chicken!
This charcoal is great. Low ash, high temperature >900 degrees
Great value compared to the BGE brand charcoal
Burns hot, slow and leaves very little ash.
This is pretty good lump charcoal. It burns well and doesn't have much fillers from what I can tell. Low ash and seems to actually be wood scraps, not particle board and nails like other brands. 10/10 would allow to cook meat. Also... Charcoal briquettes... what is this armature hour? If you are a true charcoal fan hardwood lump is the only way to go!
First and foremost, this is a hardwood lump charcoal, and is not a briquette. It is additive free and imparts a light, smoky flavor on the grill. I use it with many different woods like peach, apple, hickory, cherry, and mesquite. I use it in my Big Green Egg, and it will easily reach 700+ degrees. One of the keys is to not overload your grill, and to use the bigger, solid pieces. It is a great value and there is no substitute.
Do yourself a big favor and try this natural lump charcoal.You will then see the tremendous difference in how your grilled food tastes.I wouldn't use briquettes now if someone gave them to me.
I originally used cowboy charcoal for my forge but once i got a bag of this stuff,i'll never go back. Barely smokes
Great value,6 bucks a bag which is super cost effective Only downside is i got one bag and it was only half full
Excellent product, no monster hunks of charcoal. A true hardwood product. Heats up quickly and evenly. Starts easily/
This is by far THE BEST charcoal I have ever used! Cooks evenly, easily ignites, and last a long time.
Needed some Royal Oak for the BGE and didn't want to drive across town. Walmart had it in their warehouse and shipped it to my local store same day at a competitive price to the BBQ specialty stores.
I use this stuff every time I grill or smoke! It has a very clean burn and no additives. I use a chimney to get it started. Burns really HOT and doesn't leave very much ash behind. Best thing about Hardwood Lump Charcoal is when your done using it you can put it out with water and reuse what didn't burn next time after it dries out. Be very careful when you poor the water on it so you don't burn yourself from the steam. I have recommended this Hardwood Lump Charcoal to everyone that I know and they love it as well!!!
Given the options available for the best quality lump in my state, I would say it is the best choice for me. I have 4 Weber Smokey Mountain Smokers and run them low and slow for traditional BBQ as well as high heat for cooking meatloaf, pizza, chicken, etc. The taste is very mild and only compliments the smoke woods I add. When smoking fish I go back and forth between my gas smoker and the charcoal depending on what flavor profile I am trying to achieve. If smoking fish you may want to try no smoke wood or using only Alder wood as other woods may give a little too much smoke for most people depending on the type of fish, thickness, and fat content.
You can do much worse when picking lump charcoal and if you really want to compare to some other brand, then try http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm for good data points.