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Smaller bits of used lump - when to use them up?

MikeGMikeG Posts: 174
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum

As a newbie I pull all the spent coal out of the firebox before loading up for each new cook.  The last cook was pork and beef ribs together (yum!) which left me with a quart or so of round, smallish bits say 1" in diameter. 

Do you chuck them? Reserve them for a certain type cook?   Friday I'm cooking 2 8lb pork butts plus 4 lbs boneless chuck beef rib roasts (lots of meat) and don't know whether to toss the small bits in or if it will increase chances I'll choke off the air holes in the FB.

 

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  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,652
    I put them in for any cook usually in the middle or top layer and avoid getting little bits of lump in the holes in the sides of the firebox.  My Mini Egg also seems to love those little bits of lump.  

    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs
    Bay Area, CA
  • I always throw them back in on top of the new lump
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    I just use my gridlifter and steer the lump to allow the ash to fall and dump in new lump on top. I do have a HighQue fire grate. Before the fire grate I did the same thing. You do want to watch the holes and be sure they are not plugged on the side of the firebox.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • I use them till they are a fine gray ash.
    Living the good life in MACDonna
  • I just ordered a Hi-Que from Amazon.  If Mickey has one, I've GOT to have one too.
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • I just use them as above, but I have heard people use them for cold smoking with their DigiQ's.
    Large BGE - Small BGE - Traeger Lil' Tex Elite - Weber 22.5" One-Touch - Weber Smokey Joe
  • i stir up my old lump, and put new on top, or move the old lump to the side add the new and put the old on top of the new.  I have an XL, so it may be easier.

    I dont trow away any lump that wont fit through the holes in the fire grate.

     

    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,587
    I just ordered a Hi-Que from Amazon.  If Mickey has one, I've GOT to have one too.
    Maybe it will come with a keyboard and an Acer monitor like Mickey's mini Woo. :-\"
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    edited February 2012
    Maybe it will come with a keyboard and an Acer monitor like Mickey's mini Woo. :-\"

    :))   :))
    __________________________________________

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,496
    i never remove lump unless im saveing some small pieces for a low temp jerky cook, the small used lump helps keep the temps down to 145 dome  where i want it. other than that, stir out the ash and add some new and keep cooking
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    I just ordered a Hi-Que from Amazon.  If Mickey has one, I've GOT to have one too.
    Yes Gary but you have "TONG ENVY" and I don't.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • What is a Hi-Que?
    Located in Western North Carolina
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    What is a Hi-Que?

    This


     

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    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • GatoGato Posts: 766
    @ Mickey

    Are those just bricks around the edge cut into a wedge shape?
    Geaux Tigers!!!
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504

    @ Gato. Those are GrateMates on a Small   GrateMates@sbcglobal.net

    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • GatoGato Posts: 766
    Oh hell, not another eggcessory. I'm not even going to look. Lol
    Geaux Tigers!!!
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504

    Split Fire Bricks will work also or reg bricks and cover with HD alum foil.

    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Split Fire Bricks will work also or reg bricks and cover with HD alum foil.

    I've heard that a lot Mickey. Why the foil? 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,587
    Oh hell, not another eggcessory. I'm not even going to look. Lol

    I feel ya Gato. True story- I just got a call from my bank asking me if I authorized transactions at the wok shop in San Fran today, Dizzy Pig in Virginia today, and an oriental grocery store in Columbia SC today. This egg is getting out of control.

    Thanks Mickey. Just what I need to see is the inside of another one of your eggs with your eggsta eggsessories!!!
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • GatoGato Posts: 766



    I feel ya Gato. True story- I just got a call from my bank asking me if I authorized transactions at the wok shop in San Fran today, Dizzy Pig in Virginia today, and an oriental grocery store in Columbia SC today. This egg is getting out of control.





    That is awesome and funny!
    Geaux Tigers!!!
  • What is a Hi-Que?
    Hi-Que Haiku

    Nice Accessory
    No clog bottom fire pit grate
    Keeps lump hot long time

    ... sorry.

    Large BGE - Small BGE - Traeger Lil' Tex Elite - Weber 22.5" One-Touch - Weber Smokey Joe
  • BakemanBakeman Posts: 113
    Dumb question Mickey? What are split fire bricks.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504

    Split Fire Bricks will work also or reg bricks and cover with HD alum foil.

    I've heard that a lot Mickey. Why the foil? 
    Travis I would guess if not "fire bricks" but house bricks they could crack/come apart and the foil will hold them togather better and sure look better/cleaner. Please understand I am pulling this information out of my lower vent opening.....
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • MikeGMikeG Posts: 174
    Well, as a KJ owner graciously allowed to hang out here and learn the ropes I wish Hi-Que made a 10" version that would fit my cooker.  I'd be all over it. 
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    edited February 2012
    Dumb question Mickey? What are split fire bricks.
    Fire bricks are what is in a fireplace. Split is because they are thick or long.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    Well, as a KJ owner graciously allowed to hang out here and learn the ropes I wish Hi-Que made a 10" version that would fit my cooker.  I'd be all over it. 
    Mike what size Egg do you have?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • BakemanBakeman Posts: 113
    Where can I get them? I tried reg bricks and they keep falling in the fire box.
  • He has a kamado joe (KJ), Mickey.
  • BakemanBakeman Posts: 113
    Who are you speaking of that has the KJ
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    MQ the Large size High Que is 9". Or the BGE sells the "NEW" Mini cooking grate at a full 10".
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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