Ocado -  Big K 15kg box of Restaurant Grade Lumpwood Charcoal at 3-for-2 - £49.98 for 45kg
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Ocado - Big K 15kg box of Restaurant Grade Lumpwood Charcoal at 3-for-2 - £49.98 for 45kg

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Found 25th Jul 2016
Ocado have put Big K Restaurant Grade Lumpwood Charcoal on offer at 3 boxes (15kg each) for the price of 2. They are usually £24.99 each.

That means you can get 3 boxes for £49.98, a total of 45kg of top notch charcoal.

This makes the price £1.11 per kg.

I have bought these in the past when on offer and the benefits are:

1) It's hardwood lumped charcoal so burns longer, cleaner and at a higher temperatures without giving off foul-smelling fumes from resins like softwood lumpwood charcoal can do.
2) It comes in a box so you don't get anywhere near as many crushed or powdered pieces in the package.
3) You can use the offer with any existing Ocado codes or offers to reduce the price.
4) It works equally as well with low and slow smoking/cooking as with high temperature searing or pizza cooking.
5) It comes from renewable sources.

Fill your boots and enjoy the current BBQ weather

The offer is currently scheduled to end on 23 August.
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I've used this charcoal in the past. decent quality, nice big pieces and a lot less of the unusable dust you get in supermarket charcoal.

If however you have a Makro card, there are 12kg bags of restaurant grade for £12.99 IIRC. I've been using that for the last year or so (I BBQ a lot). Similar price but you don't need to drop £50 on charcoal in one go.
Edited by: "donaldbrago" 26th Jul 2016
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I have seen the big k stuff on offer in ocado for £15 too, albeit some time ago.

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heat added!
Fantastic offer, local distributors up to £2.00 a kilo.
As o/p says burns longer, you have the tools no go use your cooking skills ..
How does this stuff compare to heat beads? - I've been using them for a while and love them - no smell, no smoke, long burn, good temperature.
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Alansmithee

How does this stuff compare to heat beads? - I've been using them for a … How does this stuff compare to heat beads? - I've been using them for a while and love them - no smell, no smoke, long burn, good temperature.



I've not tried the Aussie Heat Beads product but have heard good things. I use lumpwood as I have a Kamado Joe and they only recommend lumpwood charcoal, not briquettes.
I'd say the advantage of this is that it's an all natural product with no binders at all, which all briquettes have to contain.
The advantage of briquettes is that you have a very evenly sized fuel so you can place it and burn it with a little more precision.
As this is restaurant grade I'd expect it to be of high enough quality that it should be at least as good as the heat beads and likely superior.
But that's my opinion rather than based on experimentation or experience of both fuels.
nabby

I've not tried the Aussie Heat Beads product but have heard good things. .



I've found them particularly good for low and slow.
Doesn't last anywhere near as advertised. All smoke (snarf snarf) and mirrors.
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tootricky

Doesn't last anywhere near as advertised. All smoke (snarf snarf) and … Doesn't last anywhere near as advertised. All smoke (snarf snarf) and mirrors.



I'm intrigued as I've not had an issue and have seen glowing reviews all over the place for this particular charcoal.
What did you want to do with it and what did it actually do?
If it was as poor as you're intimating then you should ask for a refund from the retailer or contact Big K directly.
This stuff from Makro is amazing! [img]google.co.uk/search?q=makro+lumpwood+charcoal&client=ms-android-lge&hl=en-GB&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwja2pPrgZLOAhUEBsAKHVQvAeAQ_AUICCgC&biw=598&bih=336&dpr=4#imgrc=i60HexCsIVu8IM%3A[/img]
I've brought 6 boxes from Ocado. Dont forget, with the £20 off first order over £80, it brings it down to £13.30 ish a box so 90kgs for £80 is pritty good.
If someone only requires small quantity, Amazon have it for £15.92 for 12kg with free delivery. Works out £1.33 a kg which is not bad.
That's a lot of charcoal to go through. Can I store it through the winter in the shed?
I made the terrible mistake of buying the £3.99 for 5kg at B&M recently... It was basically coal dust, not one good sized lump in it!
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akexuk

That's a lot of charcoal to go through. Can I store it through the winter … That's a lot of charcoal to go through. Can I store it through the winter in the shed?



I don't see why not. Inside the cardboard box, the charcoal is in a large, clear plastic bag. Just reseal the bag tightly and seal up the box with tape, making sure it's off the shed floor if possible.
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AAB

If someone only requires small quantity, Amazon have it for £15.92 for … If someone only requires small quantity, Amazon have it for £15.92 for 12kg with free delivery. Works out £1.33 a kg which is not bad.



The only thing to watch, as I mentioned in the original post, is that the stuff in bags often has a lot of crushed or pulverised charcoal pieces at the bottom of the bag, due to mishandling and poor storage of the bags. As this stuff form Ocado comes in a sturdy box, it's far less susceptible to being crushed up to any great extent.
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Galacid

I made the terrible mistake of buying the £3.99 for 5kg at B&M … I made the terrible mistake of buying the £3.99 for 5kg at B&M recently... It was basically coal dust, not one good sized lump in it!



Been there, got the t-shirt too It's so annoying when you crack open the new bag and all you see are small pieces and dust.
This I expect will get so hot, it burns.
Very tempted with this. Winter is bbq season
Voted hot.....you might want some of these to compliment your purchase too
Avid bbqer here. This stuff is great for BBQ grilling, not so great for low and slow unless you have a ceramic. I buy direct from big k, with postage on a few bags @15kg, it works out about 15 quid per kilo. Find someone else to share the cost of the postage. Beauty of briquettes is that they have little smoke taste; this is where you add your own chunks or chips to smoke with.
Pieces are huge,
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Cheaper in Aldi if your local have stock
Also you don't need to buy 45kg as they are 4kg bags since not everyone is running a restaurant to buy bulk.
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princeprecious

Cheaper in Aldi if your local have stockAlso you don't need to buy 45kg … Cheaper in Aldi if your local have stockAlso you don't need to buy 45kg as they are 4kg bags since not everyone is running a restaurant to buy bulk.



​Aldi charcoal is different - last time I was there, they had briquettes, which are saw dust based and instant light bags, which are paraffin embedded to aid lighting. Even if they have lumpwood, it is still different.

Restaurant grade lumpwood is comprised of big pieces and a lot less unusable chunks and dust. I prefer this because you can use 95% of the bag, rather than about 70-80% in normal lumpwood, and it burns hotter for longer as the small pieces don't impede air flow to the fire.

If you BBQ a lot, or take it in any way seriously I think you'd be pleasantly surprised by decent restaurant grade hardwood charcoal.
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If you don't wish to buy it in bulk, restaurant grade can be had on eBay for 15 kg for £17, or 30 kg for £33.

Haven't tried the supplier (ever_burning_charcoal), but it appears to be good value.
Edited by: "donaldbrago" 27th Jul 2016
As a new customer, I got an extra £20 off - so I got six boxes and it came out at 87p per kilo.
AAB

If someone only requires small quantity, Amazon have it for £15.92 for … If someone only requires small quantity, Amazon have it for £15.92 for 12kg with free delivery. Works out £1.33 a kg which is not bad.



Jusy be warned - lots of sellers on amazon using a picture of Big-K but.. don't actually sell it!
Dont forget with places like Amazon / Ebay, they sell them in bags. They throw them around their warehouses so, by the time you get to it, it's dust and little pieces.

When Ocado delivered my boxes, they had them in plastic containers. Very well packaged.
My 90kg just arrived - nice big chunks.
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