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Old 05-19-2014, 04:48 PM   #11
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I use a chimney also; Kingsford charcoal brickets buy on all major holidays from Lowes or Home depot; they both run specials - 2/20# bags for $12.00; I usuall buy 60 - 80# at a time.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:00 PM   #12
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As a very avid home cook....have not ventured into the world of comp BBQ my go to bag of charcoal is Kingsford Blue. Its constant and readily available even within most small towns we travel to with the RV

Funny you bring this topic up...I recently decided to purchase the Weber Jumbo Joe for the RV to replace the heavy, pron to blow out Weber Q. I like the Weber Q but its limiting on what you can cook on it. Any marinaded meats...forget it as it there is no real way to indirectly cook on this unit. It also does not get hot enough for me. If you are doing just brats, dogs and burgers it is a great grill.

The jumbo joe is a little taller but still fits into my pass through storage and is big enough at 18" dia to cook pretty much everything. I cooked for some buddys on it last weekend at a NASCAR event and it was able to cook 10 chicken legs, 6 thighs all indirectly and with a oil/vinegar marinade.

To light the coals, i cut the bottom out of a large coffee can and snake my JAJA fire starter in to the bottom vent. I have grown accustomed to the nomex or welding gloves around the grill so I just lift the can out and viloa! I am going to do a write up on my Blog about this grill depending on what is on the menu for this weekends trip. Still planning.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:30 PM   #13
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Walmart has 2 20 lbs for 9.99.
I use the kingsford charcoal I use a chimney device that you put in how ever much charcoal u plan to use
Then you crumple up newspaper and put underneath the coal light the paper and when the coal is ready dump it in your grill usually 20-30 mins
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:50 PM   #14
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The Weber chimney, kingsford charcoal (not matchlight), and 2 pcs of newspaper, does the trick every time. I use this method for dutch oven cooking.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:51 PM   #15
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I use to use a gas grill / charcoal grill ,, but ran across a treager wood pellet grill that used food grade wood pellets,it is so easy to use store,clean,just load it with pellets turn it on smoke or the temp of choice and just cook,when done set it on shutdown and in about 10 minutes you can put it in the storage spot as it is cooled down ,,check it out on youtube or at treager grills.com we have the small one I think it is called the tailgater.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:01 PM   #16
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regular Kingsford with a chimney and Weber lighter cube works every time. No lighter fluid required
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:10 PM   #17
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As for transport- the outside of mine stays clean enough that it lives in the basement of my fiver.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:16 PM   #18
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I use a chimney also; Kingsford charcoal brickets buy on all major holidays from Lowes or Home depot; they both run specials - 2/20# bags for $12.00; I usuall buy 60 - 80# at a time.
glad its not just me. I had 100lbs of charcoal in my garage last Memorial day
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:42 PM   #19
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glad its not just me. I had 100lbs of charcoal in my garage last Memorial day
I think I had about as much!

One thing about the chimney/kingsford blue... when you run out of charcoal in the kingsford bag, tear the bag down and use it instead of newspaper. It becomes a perpetual thing - run out of charcoal, you have an empty bag to use. Run out of the bag you're tearing down, you'll have a new empty bag shortly. Just separate the layers of the empty bag.

And I also agree with the others, I'd rather have to much charcoal burning, than not enough. I've been grilling for years and still wind up with more than I need.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:59 PM   #20
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glad its not just me. I had 100lbs of charcoal in my garage last Memorial day
Amateurs! I bought a pallet of Royal Oak lump for my gravity feed BBQ pit and about 200# of Kingsford Blue Bag for grilling.

I have never nor will I ever use lighter fluid. I use a charcoal chimney religiously and like mentioned above I'll use old newspaper and also the bag from the charcoal. Heck, there's 3 layers of paper on the Kingsford bag to use. The charcoal sales should just about be starting at the home improvement stores and Walmart, stock up and keep it fry. For camping I usually haul a 22" Weber kettle that has pins holding the legs on. I take the legs off and store it in the back of the truck. It's not the greatest setup but I'm not sure I would get by with a smaller one. To light it I always use a full Weber chimney starter and usually run with all the vents wide open. Happy Cooking!!
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