I like Kingsford. Why? If you try the store brands they don't light right. In a pinch I'd buy whatever was available, but with a choice, I buy Kingsford. It's just so easy to light and burns long.
Anyone still have a Habachi? (Not sure of the speling)
We had one growing up and it was this wonderful little grill with 8" x 8" grates that you could adjust the levels on and so cook slower or faster as needed. If I remember right, I think we even boiled water for tea on it. And it didn't really need more than a couple handfuls of charcoal to do it.