Ozark Oak Hardwood Lump Charcoal - does it live up to the hype? Let's find out...
Having come across this one quite few times in the forums and BBQ supply pages I frequent, I have been wanting to give it a try for quite some time. After a long, fruitless search to find it locally, I finally broke down and decided to order a bag online. Here's how it went...
I ended up ordering a 10lb bag can be had for $12 from Fred's BBQ & Music Supply (they had some other stuff I needed as well). You can get one for $9 at BBQ Guys or The Grill Store and More. Watch out though - shipping from any of the three will run you about $12 depending on where you live so you may want to make it part of a larger order to make the cost of shipping worthwhile.
As far as quality and performance go, this stuff totally knocked my socks off. So yes Viginia, it does live up to the hype.
The bag was full of nice, first-rate, good-sized charcoal lumps - little if any bark or lumber scraps - all the way down to the bottom of the bag. No rocks were present.
It had the least amount of dust or little, nickle-sized chips of any brand I've ever tried... burned hotter than any other I've tried... an left behind far less ash than other I've tried.
So, in a nutshell:
- Price: $9-12 for a 10lb bag + roughly $12 shipping
- Quality: top notch - good size lumps right down to bottom of the bag, hardly any dust or small chips, no rocks
- Performance: top notch - burns very hot, burns long and even, leaves behind the least ash of any charcoal I've tried so far
One a scale of 1 flame to 5 - with 5 being best, Ozark Oak Hardwood Lump Charcoal is definitely a 5-flamer in my book and will certainly grace the belly of my Big Green Egg on a regular occasion in the future.