Barbecue (alt.food.barbecue) Discuss barbecue and grilling--southern style "low and slow" smoking of ribs, shoulders and briskets, as well as direct heat grilling of everything from burgers to salmon to vegetables.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 03-10-2009, 09:32 PM posted to alt.food.barbecue
external usenet poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 516
Default Charcoal Propane Cost Comparisons

As the ultimate tightwad I'm always looking for the least expensive way to
accomplish something comparable. I just put together figures showing cost of
fuel comparisons of different charcoals versus propane. It's a bit
disconcerting that the cost of fuel can exceed the cost of food at times.
I'm doing 5 lb of pork shoulder with lump charcoal and the cost of pork was
$.99/lb.

Fuel Cost Comparison
propane
Walmart "choice" charcoal
Trader Joe's Charcoal
"Lump" Charcoal

cost
$20.00
$5.27
$6.95
varies

weight
20
18
18
varies

cost/lb
$1.00
$0.29
$0.39
$0.55

btu/tank
420000




btu/lb
21000
9000
9000
9000

cost/10,000 BTU
$0.48
$0.33
$0.43
$0.61

Comparison to Propane
100.00%
68.31%
90.09%
128.33%

Fuel Cost per 5 hours
$2.38
$1.63
$2.15
$3.06

Fuel Cost per 10 hours
$4.76
$3.25
$4.29
$6.11



I'm assuming that the BTU per pound of different charcoals is the same, and
as we know it's not. I'm also assuming 10,000 BTU per hour, which is
variable, based on cooking temp, and the size of the cooking unit. I've been
unable to find anything about the ingredients of the Sam's Walmart charcoal,
and the Trader Joe's charcoall is claimed to be 100% hardwood plus
cornstarch to bind and lump is wood.
Your thoughts??

Ed





  #2 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 03-10-2009, 09:38 PM posted to alt.food.barbecue
external usenet poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 516
Default Charcoal Propane Cost Comparisons


"Theron" wrote in message
...
As the ultimate tightwad I'm always looking for the least expensive way to
accomplish something comparable. I just put together figures showing cost
of fuel comparisons of different charcoals versus propane. It's a bit
disconcerting that the cost of fuel can exceed the cost of food at times.
I'm doing 5 lb of pork shoulder with lump charcoal and the cost of pork
was $.99/lb.

Fuel Cost Comparison
propane
Walmart "choice" charcoal
Trader Joe's Charcoal
"Lump" Charcoal

cost
$20.00
$5.27
$6.95
varies

weight
20
18
18
varies

cost/lb
$1.00
$0.29
$0.39
$0.55

btu/tank
420000




btu/lb
21000
9000
9000
9000

cost/10,000 BTU
$0.48
$0.33
$0.43
$0.61

Comparison to Propane
100.00%
68.31%
90.09%
128.33%

Fuel Cost per 5 hours
$2.38
$1.63
$2.15
$3.06

Fuel Cost per 10 hours
$4.76
$3.25
$4.29
$6.11



I'm assuming that the BTU per pound of different charcoals is the same,
and as we know it's not. I'm also assuming 10,000 BTU per hour, which is
variable, based on cooking temp, and the size of the cooking unit. I've
been unable to find anything about the ingredients of the Sam's Walmart
charcoal, and the Trader Joe's charcoall is claimed to be 100% hardwood
plus cornstarch to bind and lump is wood.
Your thoughts??

Ed

A slight screwup. You have to start at the top and place each small column
to the right of the column above it, so you end up with a table. I'll try to
compose this so it will read in a more legible fashion.

Ed







  #3 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 03-10-2009, 09:57 PM posted to alt.food.barbecue
external usenet poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 12,851
Default Charcoal Propane Cost Comparisons


"Theron" wrote in message
I'm assuming that the BTU per pound of different charcoals is the same,
and as we know it's not. I'm also assuming 10,000 BTU per hour, which is
variable, based on cooking temp, and the size of the cooking unit. I've
been unable to find anything about the ingredients of the Sam's Walmart
charcoal, and the Trader Joe's charcoall is claimed to be 100% hardwood
plus cornstarch to bind and lump is wood.
Your thoughts??

Ed


Couple of thoughts. Fist, my decision on a fuel is based on results and
ease of use, not cost. Pre-heating burn time changes the total use also.

The comparison of different charcoals may be valid, but different fuels used
on different cookers with different designs and efficiency make a true
comparison impossible.

The biggest error though, is the Btu per pound of charcoal versus lump. If
one has limestone in it, the Btu content per pound cannot possibly be the
same. Propane is 21548 per pound. I don't know what the lump rating is,
but much higher per pound than briquettes. I recall reading it is about
double, but cannot be sure right now. .


  #4 (permalink)   Report Post  
Old 03-10-2009, 11:20 PM posted to alt.food.barbecue
external usenet poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,622
Default Charcoal Propane Cost Comparisons

Theron wrote:

A slight screwup. You have to start at the top and place each small
column to the right of the column above it, so you end up with a
table. I'll try to compose this so it will read in a more legible
fashion.


No one gives a shit, Kent. You try to hard to be relevant. The choice of
fuel is not an either or proposition unless you're in business. The choice
is strictly one on convenience, taste, and desired outcome.

Now, go back and keep counting the number of Angels dancing on that pin.
--
Dave
What is best in life? "To crush your enemies, see them driven before
you, and to hear the lamentation of the women." -- Conan




Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fuel Cost Comparisons in Text format Theron Barbecue 21 07-10-2009 04:15 PM
Fuel Cost Comparisons once more Theron General Cooking 64 07-10-2009 06:08 AM
Fuel Cost Comparisons once more Theron Barbecue 61 07-10-2009 06:08 AM
2nd ATTEMPT: Cost of Gas versus Charcoal Theron Barbecue 6 02-06-2009 01:42 AM
COST: Gas versus Charcoal Theron Barbecue 1 24-05-2009 12:03 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2022 FoodBanter.com.
The comments are property of their posters.
 

About Us

"It's about Food and drink"

 

Copyright © 2017