Wet Charcoal

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ewillie, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. l had people over the other night and did a brisket in the Traeger, but also some ribs and later nachos in the Big Green Egg.

    I left my box open, and before guests left it started raining right on a recently opened bag of BGE Lump.

    Is it ruined?  I've had the Egg for 8 years and never did this before.  My hope is that once it's dry it will be useful again.

    Thanks, Erik
  2. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I dont think the smoker is ruined. The charcoal I would let it dry out real good and it will be hit or miss. I have had charcoal get wet and after drying it was fine, a little hard to light but it worked. Then I have had some that was a total loss.
  3. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Near my smoker I keep charcoal and wood chunks handy in Home Depot buckets with lids. They stay dry even when it is pouring rain. A few weeks ago I didn't press the lid to seal on the charcoal and it blew off in a rainstorm. Charcoal got soaked. I just emptied the water and put the open bucket in the garage for a couple weeks. Dried out nicely and worked fine.
  4. I could have explained better.

    The BGE did get closed, so its fine.  I left my deck box where I keep the charcoal open, so that was my downfall.

    I like the Home Depot bucket idea!
  5. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just use a permanent marker on the lids so you know what's inside.  I have the buckets label "Briquettes," "Lump," "Hickory Wood," "Apple Wood," etc.  Trust me, once you dump a bag of wood in the bucket you'll have no idea what it is unless you have it marked.     
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just dry the charcoal out as quickly as you can in a warm place and it will be fine. It is when you leave it damp for a period of time that it tends to develop the musty smells.

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