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My VOC reducer/lump filter

Let me start by saying I have NO scientific evidence this works, but it seems to work for me. It only takes an extra minute or so to filter it so why not give it a try?  the buckets are $2.95 from home depot.

I noticed that when I dumped a bag of lump in my egg and it was towards the end of the bag and there were lots of little pieces and dust, the "VOC's" took longer to burn off.  So, I created this handy contraption.  I drilled 1 inch holes in a bucket.  Put that bucket into another bucket and dump your lump in.  Shake it, rattle it etc and get all the dust to go into the bottom bucket.  pour the filtered lump into egg and viola!  To me, it seems to be ready to cook faster and the "bad" smoke seems to burn off faster.  maybe its all in my head!

Comments

  • grege345grege345 Posts: 3,515
    I was just outside wondering about this same situation. I'm gonna copy this metod
    LBGE& SBGE———————————————•———————– Pennsylvania / poconos

  • GeorgeSGeorgeS Posts: 949
    Nice easy way to filter out the dust! Sometimes the simple solution is the one that is most elusive! Great job!!
    Bristow Virginia XLBGE One of the best feelings in life is watching other people enjoy the food I cooked!
  • busmaniabusmania Posts: 407
    GeorgeS said:
    Nice easy way to filter out the dust! Sometimes the simple solution is the one that is most elusive! Great job!!

    Thanks, my lump usually gets dumped into buckets anyway (one for "used" lump with wood chunks that may be not totally burnred, one for big chunks, another for the hell of it) so I figured this was taking it one step further. 
  • GeorgeSGeorgeS Posts: 949
    I'm gonna steel that idea too! I hate the dust sparks!!
    Bristow Virginia XLBGE One of the best feelings in life is watching other people enjoy the food I cooked!
  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 1,510
    Makes perfect sense, the more small pieces the more surface area in a given measure of lump. More surface area = more VOCs to release.
  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,680
    Gonna buy me some stock in Home Depot cause they gonna have a run on bucket sales!
    Dave - Austin, TX
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 2,273

    Just please do not throw those fines and char dust away.  There's a lot of good BTU's left in that.  Save it in another bucket with a lid.  Use it for your camp fires, wood stove, fireplace, fire pit, composting, etc.  Or when you get enough, sell them to a briquette company--that's what the lump charcoal companies do.  :)

  • pretzelbpretzelb Posts: 156
    Reminds me of the Charlie Papazian bucket in a bucket home lautering system for homebrewing beer. 
    XL egg owner, home brewer, jogger, coffee roaster, gamer 
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 2,055
    I try to keep the dust out since I seem to get a lot more flashbacks with those fines in there. Maybe that's just me...
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • HelmetHelmet Posts: 162
    Brilliant, I'm making one today!
    Medium BGE, Weber Q120 (The traveller)
    "I claim artistic license, it has a good beat, I can dance to it"
  • busmaniabusmania Posts: 407
    I must admit, this is actually my second version.  The first I only drilled holes about 1/2" and they were not nearly big enough.  The 1" holes work much better.
  • busmaniabusmania Posts: 407
    Also, you can only fill the bucket about a third full otherwise it doesn't work very well.  You have to filter two or three batches each time you fill the egg but I think it is worth it.
  • odie91odie91 Posts: 376
    If you guys have a Firehouse subs place in your area, you can buy their used buckets for $2.
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