I didn’t notice at first that this thread is 3.5 years old! :eek: I don’t normally comment in a resurrected thread, but I will this time.
Unless you want to have lunch with the local fire warden, the charcoal would be a good idea. If there’s a Greek, Indian, or Middle Eastern shop around, they’re likely to have charcoal at what would likely be a lower cost. It usually comes in small, foil-wrapped sleeves of 4-6 coals, and will also likely be smaller in diameter. (The large coals – usually boxed and often with a 5-pointed star design – are much too big for home use and would have to be broken, which takes a bit of a practiced hand.) But beware: there are several kinds of charcoal, some of which light easily and some of which are nearly impossible to ignite without burning your fingers. Always look for the words “self starting” or something similar. If it doesn’t say it, it won’t do it.