Always a stumbling stone somewhere...
I had talked about using the Nature-Glo lump charcoal and liking it a lot. Burns clean, very little ash, pure wood. I got it at Gordon Food Service here in Nashville.
Now...they don't carry it anymore. They stock their own brand of lump. I've used their charcoal before so I thought, what the hell, I'll give it a shot.
It's true when they say you get what you pay for.
The Nature-Glo lump was $12 a bag, the GFS (Gordon Food Service) lump was $9 a bag.
Nature-Glo is good solid wood lump, no scrap wood. The GFS lump was trash wood kind of like Cowboy Lump when it started out. Cowboy has improved their quality some, but not enough.
GFS had a burnt smell to it too, I could tell it was scrap wood and not of very good quality scrap wood at that. So that brand will definitely not grace my firebox.
Luckily, I still had some Nature-Glo left to cook with...
The only other lump that is available around here is the Big Green Egg brand made by Royal Oak. A friend of mine cooks with it and he really likes it. It's about $15 a bag so I'll give it a try and see what happens.
Green Egg is a pretty big brand name. If I don't like it...I'll just have to order Nature-Glo on line and be done with it...
(I am not a sponsor nor a salesman for Nature-Glo. If I was, I would have a garage full of it and wouldn't be complaining about not being able to find it.)
The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.