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What lumpwood charcoal to use in a new kamado? UK


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Hiya! 

 

Just starting out with a aldi kamado and wondered what was the best lumpwood charcoal to get for it?

 

I saw some Big K Premier Lumpwood Charcoal in Morrisons but it didn't say it was restaurant grade, does that matter?

 

Thanks all!

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In a word , No. Terms like that are used by the marketer to catch your eye. More important terms are things like 100% hardwood, or others like that that speak more directly to what’s actually in the bag. I am not familiar with Big K, although KJ makes a charcoal they call Big Block, which I have used and like. Other brands I use and like are Fogo, Jealous Devil, Royal Oak. My advice is use what’s available to you and pick what you like. I also suggest buying one bag of a couple name brands and see what different brands you prefer. In truth any lump charcoal will work but some brands burn cleaner than others. You can even use briquettes but they burn fast, produce more soot, and leave more ash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Go to Big K's online site and order up some of their Pro grade lumpwood. The Dura and Flama options are both excellent.

 

I would recommend the Dura as your first port of call. £22.99 for 15Kg - which isn't cheap, but is better value than what you will pick up in a garden centre or garage - as well as being 100% better to cook with. It's all big to massive chunks, burns long and super hot with minimal ash. 100% Quebracha hardwood.

 

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

 

Order two bags or more and it gets shipped to your door for free.

 

The Flama is also excellent - maybe better - but it's long thick sticks of charcoal and I have found that chunks seem to be a bit better than sticks for Kamados.

 

Big K professional grade is the best and most reliable source of good lump wood charcoal I have found in well over 30 years of smoking and grilling in the UK.

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Fogon is also very good stuff. it needs a bit more airflow than other lump that I've tried, but it is very good.

https://www.fogonuk.co.uk/

 

I've not tried this yet, but I hear very good things about it:

https://globaltic.ee/product-category/charcoal/

 

This is my go-to charcoal. The quality can be a little bit variable, but I live close to them and it's only £12 per bag collected. I've never had a bad bag from them, but the sizes can vary quite a bit.

https://www.logsdirect.co.uk/charcoal/restaurant-grade-charcoal

 

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1 hour ago, The Chairmaker said:

Fogon is also very good stuff. it needs a bit more airflow than other lump that I've tried, but it is very good.

https://www.fogonuk.co.uk/

 

I've not tried this yet, but I hear very good things about it:

https://globaltic.ee/product-category/charcoal/

 

This is my go-to charcoal. The quality can be a little bit variable, but I live close to them and it's only £12 per bag collected. I've never had a bad bag from them, but the sizes can vary quite a bit.

https://www.logsdirect.co.uk/charcoal/restaurant-grade-charcoal

 

 

I'm going to try that Fogon you linked to. Competitive price, also with free delivery and also White Quebracho.

 

The "blue bag" stuff in your logsdirect link is normally pretty good. You can often pick that up at a decent price at a cash'n'carry store. It can be a variable in size as you say.

You know you may have got too far into barbecuing when you end up in discussions about lump charcoal brands! I now have charcoal anxiety if I am running low and my order hasn't arrived. I almost break out in a cold sweat at the thought of having to pick up a bag or two of almost certainly ####e lump that I already know will be in tiny pieces from the garden centre....

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18 minutes ago, adm said:

 

I'm going to try that Fogon you linked to. Competitive price, also with free delivery and also White Quebracho.

 

The "blue bag" stuff in your logsdirect link is normally pretty good. You can often pick that up at a decent price at a cash'n'carry store. It can be a variable in size as you say.

You know you may have got too far into barbecuing when you end up in discussions about lump charcoal brands! I now have charcoal anxiety if I am running low and my order hasn't arrived. I almost break out in a cold sweat at the thought of having to pick up a bag or two of almost certainly ####e lump that I already know will be in tiny pieces from the garden centre....

 

 

Too late....you're already waaaaay down the rabbit hole when you have a profile on a BBQing forum.....;-)

I only use the garden centre charcoal when I'm doing a cleaning burn. About all it's fit for is getting rid of the mould that builds up after a winter break!

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Belly

Don't get too hung up on brands shop around and find one that works for you. I could recommend a brand but you buy the bag and its all small pieces and you'll hate me and the charcoal. each brand is a little different. I don't like Royal Oak for my rotisserie  chicken ( too much smoky taste for us ) but really enjoy the flavor it adds to pizza. This is just a personal opinion, yours may be different Good luck in your search.

Chairmaker the best way to get rid of the mold is to grill in the winter I've had to brush off 1&1/2 feet of snow this past winter it just made the ribs taste better. But then my neighbor thinks I'm not quite right. 

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3 hours ago, len440 said:

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Chairmaker the best way to get rid of the mold is to grill in the winter I've had to brush off 1&1/2 feet of snow this past winter it just made the ribs taste better. But then my neighbor thinks I'm not quite right. 


Snow I can cope with.
Try a wet Lancashire in December where the sun doesn't bother until about 9AM and disappears at 3pm. Where it can rain for two weeks without taking a breath. When it's not raining it's drizzling. Lancashire weather is mould's best friend.


Mind you, my neighbours think I'm nuts too, especially when I was up at 3AM on Christmas morning lighting the barbecue to smoke a brisket.;)

 

 

 

 

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