We use regular briquettes - not instant or self lighting
(per Cobb) - you do not want the chemicals or taste in your food. We use firestarters and about 8 - 10 briquettes. Wait until the briquettes are gray and then it will cook for 2 -3 hours (if you use 8 and are cooking a roast you may add a few more along the way.
Took our Cobb to the fall
NOG, cooked Salmon, pancakes and eggs, Chicken Divan and a potato breakfast casserole to name a few (have also cooked shish kebabs and pizza on it). The coconut briquettes sound interesting. We love that you can cook on the table (out of the rain). Have fun cooking with yours!
PS - If you register your Cobb you get 15% off at the online store (be careful