TraderJoe's charcoal

It took almost an hour to fire up, was crumbly, and threw off tons of sparks when I emptied the chimney. Bad batch or not as good as my old Kingsford standby?

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Dave on the grill
Dave on the grill February 2, 2014

Not as good. Stick with the King. Everything at trader joes isn't always better (see Siracha).

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sexyLAMBCHOPx February 2, 2014

I bet they would refund your bag price.

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Midge
Midge February 3, 2014

Last time my husband used TJ's charcoal, so many sparks flew that one of the seat cushions on our outdoor chairs caught on fire.

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pierino February 3, 2014

I assuming you were using briquettes. Not a very good idea unless you like petroleum flavored food. I always use lump charcoal beginning with a chimney starter. It will still spark but not like Vesuvius. I prefer oak or hickory but mesquite is satisfactory. Sometimes this is sold as "cowboy charcoal". No chemical accelerants, just wood.

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HalfPint
HalfPint February 3, 2014

TJ's use to sell lump charcoal, but then stop and sold briquets. Which was a shame because the lump charcoal was pretty good and a reasonable price. I have tried the briquets but then I haven't used briquets of any brand in a long time.

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HalfPint
HalfPint February 3, 2014

Sorry that should be "have not tried".

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