Purchased my Kamado Joe a few months ago and now have the romance of cooking food over charcoal. I have tried saving a few bucks and buying charcoal at big box stores a few times and never will again.
You may ask me why not buy that 30lb bag from Costco for $16? Let me say this, the lump charcoal is probably just poorly loaded and mistreated at these big box stores as is likely decent stuff at a fair price. I just find it disappointing to buy any bag of lump charcoal only to find most of it in crumbs.
Only praise for Barbecues Galore, the staff must handle the bags with feathers and pillows. Never disappointed regardless of brands with the size of lump charcoal I have received. After many charcoal discussions with the staff (Mike and Ken) at Barbecues Galore North Calgary I have only grown more confidence in buying my fuel here. The Buffalo brand lump and Jealous Devil are my favourite as they both seem to spark the least when lighting with a torch. For my day to day use Buffalo lump is my go to for a value choice. Jealous Devil is hands down my favourite choice, the bags are waterproof the lump charcoal burns at the highest temperatures and longest of any brand I have tried over the past few months and sparks the least when starting up. I have gone 36hrs at 225 on one basket in my Kamado Joe with no problem. Look forward to giving their new arrival ‘Big Boy’ a run. I love the variety to have on hand paired up with the new organic smoking Woods I picked up as well.