A buddy of mine who hasn't converted yet to the BGE (but at least he cooks with charcoal - briquettes though)was asking me about lump charcoal.
I extolled the benefits over briquettes, but then I got thinking. In the BGE, we can control how much air gets to the lump, but in a "traditional" charcoal BBQ, you have no control over this.
My question is, if he uses lump instead of briquettes, wouldn't it get to lava temperatures pretty quick with unrestricted airflow, and if so, would this melt his metal BBQ? He told me he heard that briquettes don't burn as hot as lump charcoal.