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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: July, 2004
Purchased From: Food service supplier.
Date Purchased: July, 2004
Price: $8 for 20 pounds
Weight: 20 pounds
Burn Time:
Ash Production:
Type of Wood: Oak, hickory, maple and other hardwoods.
Strange Material?: Two fist-sized rocks.
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None.
Smell: Mild, pleasant smokey smell.
Country of Origin: USA

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This charcoal is the food service packaging version of Royal Oak charcoal. You can read our review of Royal Oak lump charcoal if you would like a little more information. Hence, not much commentary is required here. This is a great hardwood lump charcoal. The distribution of sizes was very good with a the overall distribution towards the large end of the scale. The bag contained only 8% of chips and dust by weight, which is very low. The bag contained two fist-sized rocks and a few small pieces of uncharred wood.

The charcoal is easy to light, requiring 2.5 sheets in our chimney starter test. It burns with a moderate and pleasant smokey smell, which is exactly what you expect from Royal Oak. And at $8 for 20 pounds, the price is right. If you have a connection with anyone who can purchase from a food service supplier, this is a great option. We give it our Highly Recommended rating.

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Unusual or Unique Statements


Statements From The Bag

"Natural Wood Charcoal", "Premium", "Food Service - Not For Resale"

Lighting Instructions

"1. Pile Natural Wood Charcoal into a pyramid.
2. Apply lighter fluid and let soak for 1 minute.
3. Light bottom of the pile in several palces.
4. When Natural Wood Charcoal is ashed over, spread evenly and start barbecuing.

Do not pour lighter fluid on burning briquets.
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.

We found a couple of rocks like this one.

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

Other Photos

This is how the bag arrived. There was a 1-inch sheet of styrofoam
over the top of the bag in the box.

Photo of UPC Code

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

Contact Information

Royal Oak Enterprises, Inc.
One Royal Oak Avenue,
Roswell, Georgia 30076

About This Review

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