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Stirring lump?

OnegrecookOnegrecook Posts: 121
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
How much do you guys or gals stir your lump after its been used one or twice? I've noticed that when I stir the lump to get the ash through the grate in the bottom, it tends to just break it up into small pieces and make air flow more difficult.
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    I stir every time before adding new lump. just to get the ash and small pieces through the grate.  Haven't noticed the pieces falling apart.  Using Wicked Good.
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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
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  • Thanks...I can't find wicked good around here. I've been wanting to try it. I'll have to order some to be delivered to our local Ace hardware.
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  • I stir before every cook to get the ashes out.  I usually pulled old lump to one side and dump fresh in the other side the drag old stuff on top of new.  I also scrape out ashes every other cook or so while I'm waiting for the Egg to heat up.
    BakerMan - Purcellville, VA "When its smokin' its cookin', when its black its done"
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  • Tjcoley said:
    I stir every time before adding new lump. just to get the ash and small pieces through the grate.  Haven't noticed the pieces falling apart.  Using Wicked Good.
    +1
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • I just use my BGE long grill cleaner and stur up the old lump until I can see the fire grate.

    Then I pour the fresh lump on top of the hichory chunks I've placed on the old lump, and light'er up.

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  • I always put on the gook gloves and root through it forcing all the ash through the grate and clearing the vent holes.  If it's a long cook I pull it all out; add new and large to the bottom then put the old on top.  If it's hot and fast and I want an across the pit fire I use a chimney starter full of old on top of some new.  I always pull out the ashes before lighting the next fire. Five minutes or less and I have NEVER had a temp control problem.  Lot's of other stupid-don't-know-how-to-cook problems but never a temp control problem.
    My actuary says I'm dead.
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  • after stirring the used lump, what do you all use to clear the dust from your nostrils?
    Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.
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  • after stirring the used lump, what do you all use to clear the dust from your nostrils?
    Two beers and I don't notice.  Don't get me started on the joys of sinus irrigation with neti pots and syringes.  Not suitable for a food forum.
    My actuary says I'm dead.
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    after stirring the used lump, what do you all use to clear the dust from your nostrils?
    A paper towel soaked in cooking oil works well - oh wait, thats for something else.
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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
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  • Lol...never know what turn these posts will take. Thanks everyone...it's something I've wondered about...stirring the lump too much that is!
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