This thread and the other mentioned have me on a mission today. My belongings are still on ship somewhere (including a half decent gas BBQ) but I left my Big Green Egg at home. So I plan to buy a kettle grill of some sort at Ace, I think it will be fun to grill with. My local Ace (Lippo Mall Kemang) has the grills but only starter brickettes of a sort, no charcoal that I can see.
William did you get any farther with your quest?
If you found your grill what did you use for base charcoal?
I do a lot of grilling using brickettes I can buy from Farmers Market and Carrefour supermarket. I don't have a smoker yet, or lid for my grill, but I am planning to leave Indonesia in the next 6-12 months, so i didnt want to outlay a lot for something I just will need to ship.
Gents if anyone needs Kingsford briquettes I have a nice stash. They were running 250,000ish rp I can let some go for 125,000Rp if interested - I'm using a stick burner now. I also have a 22" Weber kettle with rotisserie, table and about 4 extra racks that I could let go for the right price. The unit can smoke some decent food.
... For local charcoal ask your pembantu/driver to go to the big local Pasar. A big sack can be had for 80,000rp. You'll want to ensure that it contains tree branch lump shapes or coconut shell materials - any lumber looking materials should not be used for food. Usually it is okay. I find it is great for searing but for long smokes it burns quick and somewhat inconsistent. I don't have a BBQ Genie thermometer / fan thing but reckon one of those would go a long way to get consistent temps from the local stuff.
Well I went ahead and got a small table top Weber from ACE. I am having fun with it. Not smoking yet just grilling. I have spent a good amount of time looking for a "chimney starter" with no luck, even looked for a deep Billy type cook pot I could make a chimney starter from. In the end I find myself getting my fire going like the satay street food vendors, lots of fanning the flames! I have purchased charcoal brickettes from Hero and Hypermarket and the coconut "wheels" from ACE but I am finding the best for me so far is the "arang" my driver finds at the local market. It is lump charcoal like, I think it is the same stuff Rugby mentions. It lights quicker for me and might not last long enough to smoke with.
Anyway I will continue using the local arang for now.
My gas BBQ just arrived with my container shipment, I will now try to figure out how to convert it to use the local cylinders, scratching my head about it now.
Once I get it going it will take over the easy grilling and I will focus on smoking with the table top.