Royal Oak Charcoal Co. Complaint - Screening of Raw Materials
LACEY, WASHINGTON -- Being a serious griller, I prefer to use lump charcoal over either gas or charcoal briquettes when grilling foods. I have used Royal Oak quite a bit, and have usually been very satisfied with their product. I was loading my chimney starter the other night to grill some pork chops, and a funny looking piece of charcoal fell and made a glass-like sound when it hit. Upon examination, I found what appears to be a liquor bottle that had been broken where the neck meets the shoulder of the bottle, and it was about half melted into modern art (lol). It weighs enough that a similar weight of charcoal could probably have loaded the chimney by itself. Royal Oak needs to examine their raw material a bit closer, or possibly have a policy for their charcoal burners not to be drinking on the job.
Actually, I prefer mesquite lump charcoal from Mexico, and have possibly found a source, for a food service idea my wife and I have.