I don't understand all this about lump charcoal being more expensive than briquettes. I wonder where you all buy your charcoal. I buy Mexican mesquite lump for $14.00 for a 40 lb. bag, while Kingsford around here averages about $6.00 for an 8 lb. bag. This means that 40 lbs of Kinsford briquettes would cost me, let's see, about $48.00, if my math is right. It's easy to see how much more expensive my mesquite lump is than briquettes.