B&B Oak Lump Charcoal

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Quick Stats
Date Of Review: March, 2004
Purchased From: Donated by Laralee, Inc.
Date Purchased: February, 2004
Price: $6.75
Weight: 10 pounds
Burn Time:
Ash Production:
Type of Wood: Oak
Strange Material?: None.
Scrap Lumber Pieces?: None.
Smell: Nice mild smoke.
Country of Origin: USA

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We first reviewed this charcoal in August, 2002 and recently had the opportunity to re-test it and update our review. This is the updated review.

This is still a good quality oak lump charcoal. Not a lot of things have changed in the time since we last tried B&B Oak. There were no scraps or funny things in it. It burns with a nice mild smell. It sparks a bit in the chimney starter, but this probably isn't going to happen much when cooking. In our first review, a fair number of pieces were not converted to charcoal, but in this latest bag there was nothing but charcoal. The size distribution is still pretty average, with a fair amount of chips and dust, but we think from comparing the photos that the overall distribution of this bag has moved more towards the large end of the scale.

In this re-review, we also took the opportunity to conduct a burn-time and ash-production test. The burn time was low. The ash production was very high which means that users of ceramic cookers might want to be sure to clean their cookers out before doing a long overnight burn.

This charcoal still ranks up there with some of the better lumps. However, in light of our new information on burntime and ash production, we can only give this charcoal our Average rating.

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Other Information


Unusual or Unique Statements


Statements From The Bag

"Texas Style", "Better Burning", "Burns Hotter, Longer, Cleaner", "100% Natural Oak Lump Charcoal", "No additives"

Lighting Instructions


Photos Of Contents

The ruler has 1 inch markings on it. This is the first sample from 2002.

This is the second sample from March, 2004

This is a closer view of the 2002 sample.

This is a closer view of the March, 2004 sample.

Some of the larger chunks from the 2002 sample.

Some of the larger chunks from the March, 2004 sample.

When we did the first review, we took 3 separate photos of the different
sizes. We have cut and pasted them into one image. As you can see, the large
pile is a bit larger scale than the other two.

This is the March, 2004 sample sorted into large, medium, small, and dust/chips.

Photo of UPC Code

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

Contact Information

This charcoal is distributed by:


B&B Charcoal Co.
P.O. Box 230
Weimar, Texas 78962

Phone/Fax: 361-865-3444

You can purchase this charcoal in stores in Texas.

About This Review

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