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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: February, 2004
Purchased From: Donated by Jim ball, bought at Pallucca's Market
Date Purchased: February, 2004
Price: $3.99
Weight: 10 pounds
Burn Time:
Ash Production:
Type of Wood: From other Royal Oak products: oak, hickory, maple and other hardwoods.
Strange Material?: None
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None
Smell: Very Mild Smoke
Country of Origin: USA

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This charcoal was sent to us courtesy of Jim Ball. It is Royal Oak charcoal packaged for Associated Wholesale Grocers. It can be purchased in the midwest from food shops that are supplied by Associated Warehouse Grocers. The AWG website indicates that there are 850 such markets. There was no scrap wood or funny stuff. It had a good distribution of sizes and not too much chips/dust. The smell was mild and smokey. The charcoal was easy to light, taking 2 sheets of newspaper in our chimney starter test. And check out the price! $4 for 10 pounds! A good value, obviously. All in all this is a great American hardwood charcoal and it gets our Highly Recommended rating.

Update: We have subsequently learned that this charcoal is manufactured by Royal Oak. You can read our more complete review of Royal Oak lump charcoal for more information.

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Unusual or Unique Statements


Statements From The Bag

"Quick Starting", "No Chemicals", "100% Hardwood", "Lump", "Burns Hotter Than Charcoal Briquettes", "100% Guaranteed"

Lighting Instructions

"Lighting Instructions
Start Fire A Half Hour Before Barbecuing
  1. Arrange lumps in a pyramid and saturate with lighter fluid.
  2. Let stand 60 seconds allowing lighter fluid to soak in.
  3. Light lumps in several places with a wood match or long taper.
  4. When lumps are covered with a white ash (usually 25 minutes), rearrange lumps over the desired area in the grill.
Never add fluid to a burning charcoal fire to prevent burns and "flash-back".
Never use gasoline to light fire. For best results store this bag in a dry place."

Photos Of Contents

This is the contents of the bag. Those are 1 inch squares on the measuring bar.

Here is a closer view.

Here are the larger pieces we found in the bag.

Here are the pieces that were not carbonized.

Here are the contents of the bag sorted into large, medium, small, and too small/chips/dust.

Other Photos

This is how the bags arrived.

Photo of UPC Code

Here is a photo of the UPC code on the bag:

Contact Information

This charcoal is available at 850 retailers in the following states:
Kansas Missouri Oklahoma Arkansas Iowa Nebraska Texas Illinois Tennessee Kentucky

The charcoal is distributed by:

Associated Wholesale Grocers
5000 Kansas Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas   66106

Phone: (913) 288-1000
Fax: (913) 288-1587

About This Review

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