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Opening bags of charcoal

As I was opening a new bag of charcoal tonight, I remembered how when I started grilling I had no idea how to open the darn things without a knife. Made a mess and ended up ripping the bag.

For those of us that didn't grow up opening bags of feed, here's a handy write-up on how it's done (not mine, just one I found).

http://cheaptalk.org/2011/05/29/how-to-open-a-bag-of-charcoal/
Cedar Park, TX
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  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 676

    Since I transfer my lump from the bag to a storage tote, I actually do still use a knife.  I lay the bag down and cut it from top to bottom, pull it open and then move the pieces by hand into the tote, therefore eliminating the dust and tiny pieces getting mixed in.

    I kind of find it a little humorous that there's a video showing people how to open a bag of charcoal. 

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  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,306
    :)
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    I've struggled with the string and always end up with a knife or scissors. Can't wait to open my next bag.
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  • hoffmandhoffmand Posts: 93
    edited July 2013
    KennyLee said:

    kind of find it a little humorous that there's a video showing people how to open a bag of charcoal. 

    Be careful what you say in a forum where we take pictures of how we cook our dinner :)
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  • Philly35Philly35 Posts: 567
    KennyLee said:

    Since I transfer my lump from the bag to a storage tote, I actually do still use a knife.  I lay the bag down and cut it from top to bottom, pull it open and then move the pieces by hand into the tote, therefore eliminating the dust and tiny pieces getting mixed in.

    I kind of find it a little humorous that there's a video showing people how to open a bag of charcoal. 

    And now there's a thread on it too!
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 6,790
    Nice thread - or should i say string? i get it right about 80% of the time. The knife by the bbq accessories deckbox is for the other 20%.

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  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    Everyone struggles... Often have to use a knift to get things started.  Once you see that it's "unzipping" take advantage of the situation... Open the bag with a dramatic sweep of the arm... Good deck theater.  
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  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 2,750
    KennyLee said:

    Since I transfer my lump from the bag to a storage tote, I actually do still use a knife.  I lay the bag down and cut it from top to bottom, pull it open and then move the pieces by hand into the tote, therefore eliminating the dust and tiny pieces getting mixed in.

    I kind of find it a little humorous that there's a video showing people how to open a bag of charcoal. 

    How do you feel about the instructions on a bottle of shampoo?
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    All fine and well except different manufacturers use different stitches.  I just fuss and swear until it pulls free.  If I've only gotten about 1/4 of the way across and I'm still fussing and swearing, I get out the utility knife and with one final swear word slash the mother open.      

    More or less....
    The Naked Whiz
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,776
    That's how I do it. Same kind of setup on the horsefeed we use down at the ranch. Takes a bit of practice, but when you get it down its much faster. Comes in handy when you don't have a knife on hand.

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  • hoffmandhoffmand Posts: 93
    edited July 2013

    All fine and well except different manufacturers use different stitches.      

    Good point. I pretty much only use Ozark Oak anymore so I can vouch for it working on those. Just pick at the knot a couple times and it opens right up.

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  • KennyLee said:

    Since I transfer my lump from the bag to a storage tote, I actually do still use a knife.  I lay the bag down and cut it from top to bottom, pull it open and then move the pieces by hand into the tote, therefore eliminating the dust and tiny pieces getting mixed in.

    I kind of find it a little humorous that there's a video showing people how to open a bag of charcoal. 


    How do you feel about the instructions on a bottle of shampoo?

    Lather, rinse, repeat. I stop when the bottle runs out. If that's not the proper method, the manufacturer would not advise it.

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,163
    Conditioner is better. It makes the hair silky and smooth.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,246
    What about nutting up and cutting the bag open?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 654
    I'm typically about an arm's length from the knife in my pocket.  By the time you un-jackedup the first side of the string, I've got the bag open and my Egg filled.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,163
    henapple said:
    What about nutting up and cutting the bag open?
    Nut up? Hulk smash. Rip bag with hands. Dump black gold. Feast.


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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,022
    This is how I used to open it....but I'd get a lot of dust.



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  • Conditioner is better. It makes the hair silky and smooth.
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  • OMG EggsOMG Eggs Posts: 118

    In the time you've played with that string (like a house cat); I've grabbed the tab, ripped it open and dumped a load of coals into the egg.

    I'd make a video, but I think you guys probably do the same thing.

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