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N8DCJ
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14 12 5:57 am    Post subject: Cowboy Lump Charcoal fans , why ? Reply with quote

I bought a bag of their lump.... used it for 2 cooks... , I will give my thoughts after I hear the thoughts of people who like/dislike it ?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14 12 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why is right Shocked Why did you buy it in the first place Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14 12 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did it look like this?
Pic courtesy of barnburner180 in '09



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14 12 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plywood. Last bag I bought had plywood.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14 12 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a LITTLE cowboy cause it starts real easy.It does spark & pop a lot , so, as soon as the chimney is going good, I dump into the basket..then load the BEST...Humphrey !! Excellent flavor, ALL hardwood, & made only 50 miles from me. (Brookville, PA).

The only slight drawback is some of the chunks are BIG Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14 12 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

N8DCJ, I have used it through most of the winter as it was all I could find local.
I'm not a big fan, but, it's better than using match light briquettes.
A local store just started stocking the US made royal oak, I'll stick with that.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14 12 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I clean out my pit with it the next day......
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15 12 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved the bonus barbed wire that came inside the last bag of that stuff I used.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15 12 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jarhead wrote:
Did it look like this?
Pic courtesy of barnburner180 in '09



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Yup. My wife chuckled when I told her we had an unexpected fireworks show.
Cowboy is the only lump in our area.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15 12 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I am totally new to avid 'queing. I wouldn't know a clone from a drone, but I read that the 5 bags of Cowboy I have stowed away from my first attemps has a reputation for sparks and such...well, my ribs took a shower last weekend.


Too bad it weren't the fourth of July!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15 12 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If Cowboy was all that was available, I think I would go out to eat Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15 12 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tanglediver wrote:
OK, I am totally new to avid 'queing. I wouldn't know a clone from a drone, but I read that the 5 bags of Cowboy I have stowed away from my first attemps has a reputation for sparks and such...well, my ribs took a shower last weekend.


Too bad it weren't the fourth of July!


Man don't keep that stuff in the garage....it's a fire hazzard. Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15 12 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well , I am glad to see that I am not alone...

I bought my first and last bag of Cowboy lump...

I am going to back to the GFS brand of lump charcoal , not only is it cheaper ~$13 for a 20lb bag (Cowboy was $8 for 8 lbs) , and it lights easier , doesn't pop and spark nearly as much and for me it smells better when burning.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16 12 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

N8DCJ wrote:
for me it smells better when burning.

Dan


Yeah I know what you mean. We use it to help with a coal base and then logs from there on out, but man when it was burning it smelled like pine wood. I don't remember seeing pine as a hardwood. Not sure if it was or not, but it definitely didn't have an appealing smell.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16 12 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine sells a ton of it in the store he works at and keeps wanting me to try it. I've never ehard anyone say anything good about it. I'm sticking to Royal Oak as it's easy to come by.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16 12 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will use this smiley to give my honest opinion of Cowboy Lump


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17 12 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

N8DCJ wrote:
Well , I am glad to see that I am not alone...

I bought my first and last bag of Cowboy lump...

I am going to back to the GFS brand of lump charcoal , not only is it cheaper ~$13 for a 20lb bag (Cowboy was $8 for 8 lbs) , and it lights easier , doesn't pop and spark nearly as much and for me it smells better when burning.

Dan


FYI the GFS brand lump is the Royal Oak North American hardwood blend in a GFS bag. It is noted on the bag or at least it used to be noted on the bag...........Its been a while since I purchased one.(I bought 10 bags last year and am down to the bottom of the last bag Smile )

The cowboy lump is horrible. I would use briquettes if that was the only lump available to me.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17 12 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

N8DCJ wrote:
Well , I am glad to see that I am not alone...

I bought my first and last bag of Cowboy lump...

I am going to back to the GFS brand of lump charcoal , not only is it cheaper ~$13 for a 20lb bag (Cowboy was $8 for 8 lbs) , and it lights easier , doesn't pop and spark nearly as much and for me it smells better when burning.

Dan



Yip pardner,me too! First bag i used was about 5 years ago and i thought it was just a bad bag of lump so i was ignorant enough to try it again a year later.I gave the rest of that bag to my neighbor.I don't know how they sell the stuff.
What i do is....I buy ANY cheap azz charcoal briquettes i can find,usually Royal Oak because it's a step or two up from the real cheap junk.
Then,when i do a cook,i have a steel coffee can to catch my drippin's.When done i put a lid on it and the next time i cook,i pour some of those drippin's over the charcoal in the chimney starter.Helps a whole bunch if your charcaol is damp from the humidity too.Gets it going fast and smells as good as the cook itself + gets rid of the stuff.

I wouldn't give a buck a sack for Cowboy Lump if i had room to store a boxcar full.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18 12 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought some. Found plastic cord in bag. Returned to store. Got Royal Oak. Never looked back.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18 12 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried cowboy lump and am glad I am done with it. Not only were the lumps too big (or too small, nothing really in the middle), it did spark a LOT and I put a few holes in shirts and shorts because of it.

I am fine with Kingsford competition briquettes.
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