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Hey guys, my Kamado Joe Classic should be in late next week or early the following week!   :woot:   Before it gets here, I would like to pick up some lump charcoal.  However, what are some of your go to charcoals for low & slow and for higher temp searing & baking?  Any particular good lower/moderately priced options?  I have the same questions regarding wood to use for smoking as well.  Also, what would be some good, cheap stuff to learn to control temps with?

 

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Hello. Ken. Congrats! I believe the go-to, most consistent, readily available charcoal I've read about on the a Forum here would be Royal Oak Lump Charcoal, Another charcoal that seems to be in many grocery stores where I live is Full Circle Lump Charcoal. It's priced comparable to RO and is also good quality.

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The Naked Whiz is the Consumer Reports of lump charcoal. If it's lump, it's (almost certainly) in their databse of reviews and tests. What burns hot, what burns long, what leaves lots of ash, what leaves little. Junk, debris and extraterrestial objects they found in bags. Average lump size per bag, by brand.

 

And much, much more.  

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I have found that the KJ lump is the brand I prefer. No sparking when lighting and very good heat control

Who makes the KJ lump? You sure it's not just rebranded RO?

 

 

RO comes from the Ozarks. KJ's source of origin is in South America. I like to use about 75% KJ topped off with 25% RO.

 

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Hello. Ken. Congrats! I believe the go-to, most consistent, readily available charcoal I've read about on the a Forum here would be Royal Oak Lump Charcoal, Another charcoal that seems to be in many grocery stores where I live is Full Circle Lump Charcoal. It's priced comparable to RO and is also good quality.

Yup. Can't go wrong with Royal Oak or Full Circle. Both are good.

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