Weber Charcoal Discontinued

MikeLucky

TVWBB Pro
So, I just found this and it says for "in store purchase only" and only one store near me shows it in stock.

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I'm heading over there tomorrow to see if this is a real deal. If so, I might finally get to start my own "stash" of charcoal.
 

Kyle in Woodstock

TVWBB Wizard
So, I just found this and it says for "in store purchase only" and only one store near me shows it in stock.

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I'm heading over there tomorrow to see if this is a real deal. If so, I might finally get to start my own "stash" of charcoal.

That's decent charcoal for the price, but is no where near the Weber charcoal.
The red-white-blue RO bags are good for hot and fast cooks. They take a little longer to get going than other charcoal.
I'll stick to Kingsford Pro, but am trying out some Jealous Devil this weekend.

Sad news about the Weber charcoal.
 

Bob Correll

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
So, I just found this and it says for "in store purchase only" and only one store near me shows it in stock.
Thanks for your post.
My local WM shows it in stock at $8.88 for twins. I've used it before and thought it was pretty decent. I'm good on lump, running low on briqs.
 

Kyle in Woodstock

TVWBB Wizard
Thanks for your post.
My local WM shows it in stock at $8.88 for twins. I've used it before and thought it was pretty decent. I'm good on lump, running low on briqs.
Before you guys loaded up on a bunch of bags of this, buy one pair and use it first. I would not recommend for low and slow. Seems to burn fast once it's lit and very ashy.....but works great for burgers and other fast cooks.
 

Jim C in Denver

TVWBB Super Fan
Question about the issue of "burns fast/hot" when discussing different charcoals.

I can see that some coals would burn faster or slower in an open oxygen environment.

But a WSM is a fairly controlled oxygen environment -- at least for low/slow. So wouldn't that just mean that you'd just need to dial the vents back a bit more with a faster burner (say K Pro) versus a slower burner (KBB) to maintain the same temp? To run at 250, maybe the K Pro vents are at 25% vs. 50% for KBB?

And if the faster burner has more BTU capacity, doesn't that mean that it would burn longer in the WSM with the vents being dialed back further?

Isn't that why people use lump in a kamado after all? A Kamado is super air tight and insulated. But folks use hot/fast burning lump in kamados and get low temps by severely limiting oxygen. Which results in the kamado being able to burn for a very long time on a small amount of fuel.
 
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MikeLucky

TVWBB Pro
Couldn't find any at my local store. Lots of Christmas stuff though.
Can't go in or out the garden area doors now, must use main doors.

Pretty much exactly what just happened to me. lol. They had a few twin KBB packs and some regular KBB bags, and exactly 2 bags of their in-house generic brand charcoal and that was it. Sad face.
 
Down here in Costa Rica I am using the "Walmart Brand Briquets"(left-side) which is produced in the Country of Paraguay and the other is a local Costa Rican Brand Lump Charcoal which costs around five(5) Dollars which is Not the best but gets the grilling job done.

Down here A eight(8)lb bag of Kingsford Blue Bag will set you back around twenty(20) Dollars which I do buy for long smokes on my WSM "Classic".
 

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Rich Dahl

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Gee with all the conversation about charcoal going on and the different opinions about different brands. I guess maybe I shouldn't be to upset about our fire restrictions. Less stress is always better.
Although I do miss the stink of KBB 👍
 

Dave Mazz

TVWBB Fan
Just received five bags or Weber Charcoal Briquettes from Home Depot. Only thing is, the cost was $19.99 per bag. Probably the last I'll ever have, so I will cherish each briquette. Sad that it's been discontinued.
 

NeilMacfarlane

New member
I live in the UK (Channel Islands) and use Weber briquettes for my WSM nd kettles. I have asked Weber whether they intend to keep supplying the UK and European markets- they confirmed that they will continue to do so.
Here it is c£12 for an 8 kilo bag but I’ve heard reports of it being far more expensive in the UK. I thought I should post this up for the interest of UK and European members.
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Hall of Fame
I wanted a bag of Weber charcoal for a particular cook I'm planning and I found one last bag at a local Ace Hardware for something like $22. I swallowed hard and bought it. Now maybe it's a collector's item? :D It's a shame, it's a good product and performed well vs. KBB.

Chris,
I was looking through stuff I missed and found this thread. I am really glad you posted this link. (I have it saved, now!) Your analysis convinced me that Kingsford Professional was the fix for my Weber CharQ, and, in fact, it did a great job. My Weber briquettes just couldn't put out the high heat fast enough...


But, switch to kettle, low and slow BBQ and the Weber Briquettes are clear winners as your analysis showed. I hope they rescind their decision, because they are my favorite briquettes for lower heat barbecuing.
 

Chris Allingham

Administrator
Staff member
I live in the UK (Channel Islands) and use Weber briquettes for my WSM nd kettles. I have asked Weber whether they intend to keep supplying the UK and European markets- they confirmed that they will continue to do so.
Weber has been selling charcoal consistently in UK and Europe for many years. They’ve been in and out of the business here in the US several times over the past 25 years.
 

Chris Allingham

Administrator
Staff member
Are there other charcoal manufacturers in Europe besides Weber?
Weber didn’t manufacture the charcoal they sold in the US this last go-around, I doubt they manufacture the charcoal they sell outside the US. There are a wide variety of charcoals for sale on Amazon.uk, I assume it’s the same throughout the rest of Europe. Lots of lump charcoal, probably sourced from around the world.
 

NeilMacfarlane

New member
Weber has been selling charcoal consistently in UK and Europe for many years. They’ve been in and out of the business here in the US several times over the past 25 years.
Thanks Chris. Fair to say I think we can’t get a lot of the US brands locally that I see mentioned on the forum by many American members. But there are good localised options for briquettes and a lot of specialised lumpwood options for those that choose them. Personally I really like the Weber briquettes as I’ve found that they burn hot and last very well. Minion method and careful vent management has been very reliable for my WSM. Hopefully I have stock piled enough to last for the next six months......
 

TonyUK

TVWBB Wizard
TBH, I've never been a big fan of Weber briqs. The old recipe used to leave an extraordinary amount of red tinged ash behind, and I wasn't that enamoured with the burn time. Then Weber came out with the new "ridged" briqs. Meh. Not impressed with those either.

I've been a big fan of the Aussie Heat Beads for about five years. Hot, long-lasting. No fence post staples, bailing twine or barbed wire in the bags, and not too much ash left behind after the burn.

Then I discovered ProQ cocoshell briqs! Wow!
 
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