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Old 11-03-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Cowboy Charcoal

I have bought my last bag.... Stuff is terrible. The size is inconsistent... And the smell is terrible... They have to be adding chemicals to make ig light better... Never again. I will buy kingsford if i have to.

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Old 11-03-2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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I'm not familar with cowboy brand. Is it chunk or briquette?
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:20 PM   #3
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What is Cowboy Charcoal?
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Cowboy is a brand of lump charcoal. Check out this site for indepth reviews of charcoal brands. The Lump Charcoal Database -- Naked Whiz Charcoal Ceramic Cooking
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #5
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I have always thought of Cowboy Charcoal as dried buffalo or cow chips. They do have an aroma of their very own.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:56 PM   #6
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It's a bad old world, and you have to read up and closely inspect the product. Cowboy doesn't seem to be able to say how plywood got into their wood recycle stream and ended up in the charcoal. I find that odd, and it makes me suspicious of claims that wood is all unfinished and untreated.

You really can tell a lot about the wood source from inspecting the lumps. If it's flooring, the milling joints give it away. Small sticks with square corners are likely from furniture operations. A predominence of ragged, random shaped chunks speaks of virgin logs. I like those. It's just too tempting to let treated and finished wood enter the stream. I mean, this has to be a narrow profit margin affair, and I don't see anyone getting too upset or taking any action when the shop employees find it easier to throw everything into the "virgin" recycle bin, rather than haul it to the other. And note those that have been found to have kiln insulation mixed in. Those are refractory wools, fiberglass and other materials that you would prefer to avoid in your food. No doubt the kilns need constant maintenance in the form of patching with wool and refractory cement.

For those in Texas, HEB oak lump is consistently well spoken of. Big Green Egg is said to be good and is probably made by Royal Oak, which seems to be also good. The analysis of how much of the bag was dust and unusuably small chips is good.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:25 AM   #7
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Thank you Andy
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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We love Cowboy charcoal!! Its all we use. Ours does not have an odor at all. And never anything that resembles plywood or treated wood.0

The size is inconsistent because it's real.

The price was mismarked to $3.50 at Stop and Shop early this summer and we bought it all. Took 3 carts.
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I bought a couple of bags of Cowboy when I first got my Weber. I saw a fair amount of lumber scraps (2x4s etc) in the bag and that turned me off.

I have been using this stuff and I'm happy with it.
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I bought a couple of bags of Cowboy when I first got my Weber. I saw a fair amount of lumber scraps (2x4s etc) in the bag and that turned me off.

I have been using this stuff and I'm happy with it.
Thanks so much for that link Andy. It was a really good comparison.
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