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Why is my charcoal "popping"?

Last night I opened a new bag of BGE charcoal and while it was getting hot it was making a popping noise and sparks were coming out of the bottom vent. Anyone else ever have this problem?
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,871
    Very common.  It soon subsides after a while.
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  • 500500 Posts: 1,717
    I get the snap crackle pop when I hit it with the Weed Burner on start up, and sometimes during the cook.  I think there could be a rogue piece of lump in there doing that.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,871
    One of the Weber cookbooks says gas gets trapped in pockets of the charcoal and pops in a little mini-explosion when ignited.  Could be that, or the lump is under stress (like metal or glass before annealing) and the stress violently breaks off little chunks as burning.  Who knows.  Seems like mesquite does it more than most.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,468
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  • Ok. Thanks for the help.
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  • Sounds very suspicious to me.  I think you should send your egg and all your lump to me and I'll investigate it free of charge for you.

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  • Mickey with some 4th of july fireworks going on. So far every brand I have tried has sparked and popped some. Seems like the BGE has been the worse so far to do it.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,871
    Pace Park used to have more trees before Mickey broke out the torch-wand...
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    Cowboy is the worse, it spits like that through the whole cook. Seems like new lump sparks but when you relight a second time it's not so bad
    LBGE
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  • I was Egging yesterday and well into the cook, my lump popped and I felt a burning sensation on my THINLY protected scalp.  I hope it didn't fry any of the hair I got left!

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  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 1,845

    Cowboy is the worse, it spits like that through the whole cook. Seems like new lump sparks but when you relight a second time it's not so bad

    I thought to myself 'cowboy can't be as bad as people say. Lump is essentially lump' so I bought two large bags from lowes. Happy as could be day I finished. Sucks. Pops. Incredible amounts of ash. Never buy again.
    Boom
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  • EddieK76EddieK76 Posts: 415
    Cowboy is the worse, it spits like that through the whole cook. Seems like new lump sparks but when you relight a second time it's not so bad
    I thought to myself 'cowboy can't be as bad as people say. Lump is essentially lump' so I bought two large bags from lowes. Happy as could be day I finished. Sucks. Pops. Incredible amounts of ash. Never buy again.
    Oh yeah Cowboy was like a celebration of fireworks.....My favorite is Wicked Good but it's not the easiest to find.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,406
    edited March 2013
    When I think of WGWW, I think of the top 5 rappers of all time: 1)Dylon 2)Dylon 3)Dylon 4)Dylon 5)Dylon This is why: image
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  • Crap music spelled with a silent "C".

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    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,406

    Crap music spelled with a silent "C".

    Wrong, good sir. It is spelled with a "C" but it isn't silent. More of a "sh" sound for "Chapelle show". He was making fun of MTV's Real World.
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  • Sorry.  Nobody lost their job or their girl or their dog or wrecked their pick-up so I wouldn't know anything about it.  Other than it's crap.

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    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,406

    Sorry.  Nobody lost their job or their girl or their dog or wrecked their pick-up so I wouldn't know anything about it.  Other than it's crap.

    Now that you mention it, so is country (for the past 25 or so years). Except it has a hard "c" instead of a silent one.
    ;)
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,406
    Unless you were talking about WGWW. Sorry about the misunderstanding :))
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  • @Eggcelsior you are a funny guy! :))

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