I posted this over on the BGE forum so some of you might see it twice. Thought it would be worth posting here as well...
Thought I'd share my experience of trying a different charcoal recently.
I was in our local wallyworld last week to pick up some Royal Oak when I saw several 10 lb bags of B&B Oak lump and decided to try a couple of bags. I'd just cleaned my egg out and dumped in a load that came mid way up into the fire ring. First cook with it was a couple of pizzas at 500. The stuff sparked and spit and never really did settle down. Never really got clear smoke either. When I went to light it up again the next day I found that well over half of the charcoal had burned - never had that happen with ROcooking pizzas. The next cook burned through most of the rest the remnants along with most of the rest of the bag. (Burned 10 lbs of lump on 2 cooks? sheesh!)
This past Monday I dumped in part of the 2nd bag. Lit it up and it acted just like the first bag...but this time it smelled like coal...not charcoal...COAL. Again, it never cleared and our burgers ended up tasting 'coaly' as well. Now we love the flavor bood charcoal imparts but this stuff was just nasty. I still have half of the 2nd bag left and the remnants that are in the egg will be going back in the bag for disposal. Fortunately I had a chance to swing back by wallyworld yesterday to pick up some tried and true Royal Oak.
Anyone else here using B&B Charcoal? Whats your experience with been?