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Lump dust?

Greeno55Greeno55 Posts: 520
edited February 2013 in EggHead Forum
I'm getting tired of breathing in loads of dust from my lump. What's are some of the methods people use to control the amount of dust? After a cook, when I blow my nose, you'd think I work in a coal mine. :)
LBGE (2012), MiniMax (2014), and too many Eggcessories to list.  - Sudbury, Ontario
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    I hold my breath and pour in the lump, put the bag down and haul ass away from the cloud of dust before breathing again.  :D I come back after the dust settles (5 minutes or so) and light.
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  • Greeno55Greeno55 Posts: 520
    Haha Nola, sounds a lot like my method. I built a small little temporary shed to take me out of the Canadian winter elements and now my Egg itself has a nice black coating.
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    LBGE (2012), MiniMax (2014), and too many Eggcessories to list.  - Sudbury, Ontario
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    Nice - that's dedication! 

    It kinda reminds me of how I envision they cleaned up the Chernobyl reactor - guy runs in with a shovel holding his breath, grabs some waste and hauls ass out the door.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    I get tired of it..n especially at night.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,451
    It's hard to control the dust, so I'd look to mitigate it's inhalation by getting a dry wall mask.
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  • BoydBoyd Posts: 7
    Do you find the dust better or worse depending on the brand? We use Royal Oak and have very little dust.

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,028
    @Boyd Royal Oak and BGE is the same in different bags. I find the BGE/RO both to have more than Ozark Oak (IMO).
    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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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 4,643
    I find RO to have more than Nature Glo. That is the best lump I have tried. Great review on Naked Whiz site too if I remember correctly. Got a bag of B&B to try too. Havent opened it yet.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • Bill Clinton method works best, don't inhale.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527

    Bill Clinton method works best, don't inhale.

    And keep the dust away from blue dresses.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • RLeeperRLeeper Posts: 480
    I use a cheap allergy mask if I'm dumping. Starts out white ends up black
    Extra Large, Large, and Mini. Tucker, GA
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  • Greeno55Greeno55 Posts: 520
    I generally use BGE lump as its the most readily available in my city. I have found the following RO at the Canadian Lowes stores, but couldn't even find this particular bag on their website. Anyone have any experience with it? I find it particularly dusty, and throws off a lot of sparks. But it is half of the price of BGE.
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    LBGE (2012), MiniMax (2014), and too many Eggcessories to list.  - Sudbury, Ontario
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  • rtt121rtt121 Posts: 633
    I have 2 rubbermaids. One for small lump and the other for medium and large lump.

    When opening a new bag I dump into the small lump box without breathing...move away and let settle. Then I take out all medium and large prices and move them each to their own side of box 2.

    The egg is always loaded by hand. Large then medium then small.

    Guarantees a great fire and only deal with dust once per bag of lump.
    Medium, and XL eggs in Galloway NJ.  Just outside of Atlantic City.  
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  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 398
    What dust?
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  • Usually have enough of a breeze that it is not an issue, however, if it is still I take a deep breath, dump, set down the bag and run away, run away from the holy lump dust of Antioch. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • I also have a lot of dust. My table is now coated with it. I am almost tempted to load the coals by hand to keep it from getting on everything. 
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    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
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  • Greeno55Greeno55 Posts: 520
    I'm really leaning towards more hand loading. I've got a couple plastic containers with lids I've been using, but have been dumping in there, then dumping from the container. I like the idea of separating large/medium from the small and loading manually. Will use the Bill Clinton method as well.
    LBGE (2012), MiniMax (2014), and too many Eggcessories to list.  - Sudbury, Ontario
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  • BoomerBoomer Posts: 115
    Someone mentioned using a 5 Gal. Pail and cutting out the bottom replacing it with expanded metal, and stacking onto another pail, allowing the fine dust and pieces to fall down.
    Hope this helps.
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  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,425
    Greeno55 said:
    I'm getting tired of breathing in loads of dust from my lump. What's are some of the methods people use to control the amount of dust? After a cook, when I blow my nose, you'd think I work in a coal mine. :)
    Not much of an outdoorsman are you Greeno?

    Mike

    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
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  • Greeno55 said:
    Haha Nola, sounds a lot like my method. I built a small little temporary shed to take me out of the Canadian winter elements and now my Egg itself has a nice black coating.
    At first I thought this was from Australia.....
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,757
    I do what Chubbs does. I find that when lighting with a weed burner, the dust really pops and sparks fly everywhere.

    Richardson, Texas

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  • I use Lump Charcoal in my offset smoker. I've never really noticed the dust. Of course I'm usually inside having a Snort of Woodford Reserve while my main man dumps the lump. In fact here is a photo I shot of him loading my lump on my last cook...
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  • The company I work for does controls upgrades in coal fired power plants.....the little bit of dust from a bag of lump is nothing.
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  • 500500 Posts: 1,498
    Griffin said:
    I do what Chubbs does. I find that when lighting with a weed burner, the dust really pops and sparks fly everywhere.
    That's how I light it as well.  Can be kind of a show.  Mrs. 500 hates that I use it, but it sure lights quickly.  I follow with a few cranks from the Air Grill, and it's up to temp in no time.
    Large BGE; Midlothian, Virginia
    I like Pig Butts and I can not lie.
    "Barbecue is a journey, one meal at a time."
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  • StoaterStoater Posts: 292
    Greeno55 said:
    I generally use BGE lump as its the most readily available in my city. I have found the following RO at the Canadian Lowes stores, but couldn't even find this particular bag on their website. Anyone have any experience with it? I find it particularly dusty, and throws off a lot of sparks. But it is half of the price of BGE.
    I use that stuff too, it is dusty and sparky if you leave the lid open for any length of time, its 14.99 at Canadian Tire in the winter months and 12.99 in the summer.

    Hold my breath, pour put the bag down and run like the clappers, if I don't pass out first.
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  • Wear a dust mask. Inhalation of the dust may cause mesothelioma
    Hood Stars, Wrist Crowns and Obsession Dobs!


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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,451
    Wear a dust mask. Inhalation of the dust may cause mesothelioma
    Probably not mesothelioma; there is no asbestos in charcoal.

    Pneumoconiosis? Maybe with persistent, long-term exposure.
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  • Wow excellent Scrabble word :)
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