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Making Your Own Lump

civil eggineercivil eggineer Posts: 1,547
edited 12:09PM in EggHead Forum
I read an article in Mother Earth News about making your own lump. This isn't the first one I have seen but perhaps someone else would like to review it. Attached is a link:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/do-it-yourself/charcoal-making-zm0z11zhun.aspx

Comments

  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    Looks like a retort oven type contraption. I suspect the money spent making such a beast outweighs the cost of purchasing charcoal unless your doing it because you can :>).

    I keep saying I'd like to make some sometime the old fashioned way in a pit covered with sod. I may..... I may just always think it would be a cool thing to do and never get done.

    I've got a pile of charcoal dust I keep saying I'm gonna mix with a cornstarch slurry and press into briquettes just because I can. That is more likely to happen.
  • Naked Whiz has some info on how to make a lump kiln:

    http://www.nakedwhiz.com/makinglump.htm
  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 2,903
    Interesting but not for me. $6 per 8.8# at Publix is my staple.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/  and http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2006/02/recipes.html
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
  • Well you can count me in....
    I've got about 2 cords of maple and oak logs that I'm saving up to make lump with. I know I have the large 55 gallon barrel but can't remember if I ever got the smaller one....I guess the project has been on the back burner for a little bit!
    Still, one of these day's I am going to do it!
    I buy my mesquite lump for $12 for 40lbs at Cash and Carry which is cheeeeap, but I don't care, I still want to make it!
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