Kingsford Charwood

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ranger0817, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. ranger0817

    ranger0817 Newbie

    I used this brand of lump today and was wondering if someone else has encountered what I did. I started a chimney full of lump and after heating for 5 minutes or so it started popping. I hear a little popping is normal but this was no little pop. It sounded like gunshots going off. It was enough of a pop to shake the chimney and the last of the pops blew out a crater in my driveway. I was using the minion method and it never did it in the firebox only in the chimney that first time.
     
  2. husker-q

    husker-q Smoke Blower

    I tried that brand once- similar to yours, it popped all over the place. Somewhat dangerous when dumping chimney into fire box. I'll stick with Best choice/Royal Oak.
     
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Is your driveway concrete? If so it will do that. It's from the heat and has nothing to do with the wood. Charwood will pop as apposed to charcoal.
     
  4. yea i stick to the best choice lump coal... u cant go wrong for bout 6 bucks a bag...
     
  5. vince

    vince StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    Lump chacoal pop, I have been using Royal oak lately and it pops all the time, More of crackle and pop. Just like B7B and some of the other brands
     
  6. I've been using Lazar Mesquite lump and it pops but nothing like yours did. I get 40 pounds for $14.00 and I like it.[​IMG]
     
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah if you read the review of the Charwood lump in the Naked Wiz data base it does pop like crazy. I bought it once and had to stand there with the garden hose to keep an eye on it. I stick with Royal Oak lump when I can, but if not I get Lazari. Lazari does pop a lot as well, but not as bad as the Charwood.

    Since I use a mix of lump and briquets (helps keep burn longer and more even) I fill my chimney about 2/3 of the way with lump then top it off with briquets. The briquets act like a screen and keep the embers from flying all over the place.
     
  8. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What you were hearing was the concrete popping.....moisture in the concrete is expanding due to the high heat..........thus the damage.
     

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