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6 hours ago, R5Ryder said:

 

 

Curious @ckreef - was the conclusion posted, and if so, 'lil help?

 

 

 

No formal conclusion was posted. Lump from South American hardwoods is superior to lump made from North American hardwoods. South American hardwood trees are denser wood to begin with. 

 

My top 3 lumps from South American hardwoods are:

KJ Big Block 

Jealous Devil 

Fogo Quebracho 

 

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@ckreef Could you pin this so that it is easier to find? I try to use either KJ Big Block, or Fogo, but occasionally need to buy some charcoal to carry me over until I can get what I prefer. I use this to compare my options.

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7 hours ago, Golf Griller said:

@ckreef Could you pin this so that it is easier to find? I try to use either KJ Big Block, or Fogo, but occasionally need to buy some charcoal to carry me over until I can get what I prefer. I use this to compare my options.

 

Done B)

 

 

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6 hours ago, PeterRegan said:

I just read this from start to finish.....Soo much information! I think I'm going to go lie down now!

 

It's a good bit to read for sure. If you look at the results for each section it gets easier to come to your own personal conclusions. 

 

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On 5/5/2019 at 3:13 PM, ndg_2000 said:

Wow the maribu hardly burned there. Unfortunately I have never seen it over the pond here in the UK. 

Sorry mate - very slow reply of over a month as I have just joined, but if you are in the UK, you won't find better than Big K "Flama" restaurant stick charcoal.

 

It is complete tree branches from about 1" to 3" diameter, about 12" long. Comes in a box of 15Kg (33lbs) and is fantastic. I've been using it for  years now and wont buy anything else. They deliver to your door. It's not cheap (works out at £1.73 per kilo delivered - with 30% off for a half pallet), but it's cheaper than garage or garden centre charcoal and a million miles better.

 

Their other restaurant grade charcoals are also very good and a little cheaper, but I consider the "Flama" to be the holy grail of charcoal.

 

https://bigkproducts.co.uk/products/flama/

 

They say 2 hour burn time, but a load of this will run all day or all night on a Kamado.,

 

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This is a great thread @ckreef.

 

My two “go to” lumps are KJ Big Block for the majority of my cooks but I opt for Jealous Devil for my pizza cooks.  Seems to hold high heat forever.

 

I used to get an Argentinian lump called Le Gourmet Classique (blue bag), which I think was Quebracho Blanco.  I really enjoyed the smoke but it seems it has been discontinued.

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Thanks for the thorough rundown- I appreciate the raw data and will definitely refer to this as I try out different options.

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On 6/16/2020 at 9:31 PM, adm said:

 

Their other restaurant grade charcoals are also very good and a little cheaper, but I consider the "Flama" to be the holy grail of charcoal.

 

https://bigkproducts.co.uk/products/flama/

Very interesting, thanks. I've been using the Big K Dura restaurant charcoal for the last few years and it's also excellent. It's 100% natural White Quebracho according to their website. 

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50 minutes ago, Tongmaster said:

Very interesting, thanks. I've been using the Big K Dura restaurant charcoal for the last few years and it's also excellent. It's 100% natural White Quebracho according to their website. 

 

Soooo.....after a few weeks with my Kamado I actually find myself using the Big K Dura more often than the Flama.

 

One caveat though....

 

If I have my charcoal basket divided in 2, then I prefer the stick shape of the Flama (and this is mainly how I used my Weber Kettle BBQs before I got the Kamado).

 

If I am using the full charcoal basket, I actually prefer the Dura as it's easier to more evenly fill the charcoal basket. And I do find myself mainly using a full charcoal basket.

 

Either way, both are excellent charcoals and well worth experimenting with to see which you prefer.

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Thank you for the testing @ckreef.

For me, just starting out in the smoking game, this is an excellent source of knowledge. 

Never been much of a cook, but always liked grilling. When I decided to get a Kamado Grill, it was based on everything I read about them and the knowledge that is readily shared by the grilling community (this site in particular). That lead me to make the investment and has lead to my new found hobby.

Again, thanks for the awesome test results.

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On 8/11/2019 at 6:07 PM, Kamado Tom said:

 

Well we went just shy of 28 hours with the first 6 @250F (ribs), the next 16 @200F (corned beef/pastrami) and finally 4 hours @225F (pork belly) to finish off the coals which were still burning so I did a mild cleaning burn of the grates and plate setter which is actually still burning @450F with the vents wide open. I am very impressed with the performance of the RO, though this bag did have noticeably more large chunks than I normally see. I would guesstimate I had about ~1/3 of the coals left when I took this pic after pulling the pork belly @24hr mark which is pictured below.

 

 

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I bought a bag of regular RO from Lowes. my new bag looks like the pieces in your last picture. very few big pieces, and i had to constantly tinker with it on a 4 hour rib smoke at 250. kept constantly rising. I have switched to KJ big block and not had any issues since. RO regular something i personally will be avoiding.

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I quit using Ro last year due too 2 bags having nothing but 50 cent sized pieces. Forced to buy another bag a month ago because it was all i could find. worked real well. The bag surprisingly contained mostly large pieces.Saved 1/2 bag for our next pizza night we like the wood flavor RO gives to pizza. That flama charcoal looks really interesting.

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Nice comparison! Far better then the one I did between Fogo Super Premium and Royal Oak.  I did mine by weight and found that a pound of charcoal is a pound of charcoal and thus the comparisons were so close that I could not justify to myself nor my wife the need to spend over double for premium charcoal.  

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On 6/9/2020 at 7:42 PM, PeterRegan said:

I just read this from start to finish.....Soo much information! I think I'm going to go lie down now!

Like drinking from a firehose... :)

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