Cutting Up Lump Charcoal?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mcloven1t, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. mcloven1t

    mcloven1t Smoke Blower Group Lead

    Hey I tried to search on here and Google but found nothing. Got a couple bags of "Sonora Charcoal" from my local grocer on the clearance rack cuz the bags has tears in them. Usually stick to Kingsford Briquettes. but can't pass on 30 lbs for 6 bucks lol

    QUESTION.....It's ok to cut pieces of lump coal to make them fit better in the chimney right? Because this bag is filled with a lot of large pieces n it's a pain to get a full chimney lol
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can cut them. Be very dirty thou.

    I take some large chunks and fill in with smaller pieces.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
  3. mcloven1t

    mcloven1t Smoke Blower Group Lead

    yea that's what I try to do also, sometimes even throw some Briquettes on the bottom so small pieces don't fall through.
    but sometimes I get lots of chunks so it's difficult to mix the two lol.... think I'll cut some up n see how messy it gets. Than I can decide if it's worth the hassle.ha ha
  4. mcloven1t

    mcloven1t Smoke Blower Group Lead

    Definitely a little messy, but nothing glasses and a mask wouldnt fix. lol, was able to cut the biggest chunks into smaller pieces, so at least how I don't have pieces that take up half my chimney lol
  5. stanjk

    stanjk Smoke Blower

    I've put large pieces into a heavy duty plastic bag and just went after them with a hammer; simple and clean, with good results.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2015
  6. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I stopped starting lump in the chimney.  Nowadays if I'm using lump, I put the lump in the smoker and the briquettes in the chimney.   
  7. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Chimney? That's a part of a house...use a weed burner. Our XLBGE will go from ambient to 350*in under 4 minutes.
  8. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ditto Nobounderies, I use my lump in the basket with a depression in the middle and briqs in the chimney. Works great for me.
  9. mcloven1t

    mcloven1t Smoke Blower Group Lead

    Yes,  a CHIMNEY...or to be completely accurate, "Chimney Starter" lol

    and no, these chimneys are not attached to the house :p
  10. mcloven1t

    mcloven1t Smoke Blower Group Lead

    Old thread, but I found a good way to break down some of the large chunks of lump coal --- put them into a cardboard box I had lieing around and just hit them with the back end of my hatchet or a spare hammer.....contains the mess real well, and can just easily dump them out into the grill, or whatever I am putting them in to be lit.

    So far, the few bags I have bought which were Sonora somethin, and big bag from The WoodShed OC seem to both burn very fast; so I use 90% charcoal for my cooks. But when they're on sale for great prices, I'll grab a large back of lump....the size variety just bugs me, and my regular blue bag Kingsford coals just seem to last so much longer :p

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