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What if we all die young? (danger of inhaling that hardwood dust)

Hey guys I had a thought the other night.  A bout 10 seconds after I had dumped lump in my BGE I looked over and saw a metalic looking dust still settling out from the pile.  I work at a large hospital and I could not help but think back to a few years while sitting on the lung transplant board at my hospital...  There was a young man who needed a transplant, never smoked a day in his life that had two "burned out lungs".  I asked the pulmonologist what happened and he said "wrong place-wrong time.. every breath you take it is possible that you could inghale something that could nest and eventually burn your lungs out".  

Anybody else ever wonder if this dust could be toxic?  Is there a Dr in the house?   

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,626
    Covered this before but always worth a re-visit. I take a breath, dump and run away. Give it a few minutes to settle and clear. Wise not to inhale too much of that stuff - kinda like coal dust. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • I was having a good day...
    Large BGE
    GR
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,973
    RO MSDS...


    Everything we touch/use is gonna kill us. It seems.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,034
    It is interesting that someone was grinding this up and using it as salt!

    INGESTION: Not likely, if swallowed seek medical attention


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • D_TrainD_Train Posts: 46
    Only known to cause cancer in the state of California.
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  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 461
    I do think it's wise to limit the amount of dust/smoke you inhale.  I try to be conscious of that. 
    Southern California
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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,465

    If we all die young..........................................we'll be dead.

    Actually, a bit late for me to worry about dying young.

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,587
    I had the same thought years ago when I bought the Egg, I have always held my breath and walked away fast after dumping. 
                                                                        
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  • SmyrnaGASmyrnaGA Posts: 216
    How about the ash?  It that just as dangerous?  I often see white dust clouds floating by during the day-after cleanup... :(

    Large BGE, Small BGE, KJ Jr, and a Cracked Vision Kub.

    in Smyrna GA.


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  • Everyone dies of something. Death by barbecue is how I want to go.
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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,367
    I was a mechanic for 30+ years & I inhaled enough weird stuff that I don't think a little charcoal dust is gonna do me in any sooner. Butt I do hold my breath & walk away when I dump, don't like blowin black boogers. :D

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

    Stockton Ca.

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,987
    #1...breathing a little dust every now and then isn't going to kill you.

    #2...Ozark Oak has no dust.

    #3...if that's all we have to worry about...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • bicktravbicktrav Posts: 461
    henapple said:
    #1...breathing a little dust every now and then isn't going to kill you. #2...Ozark Oak has no dust. #3...if that's all we have to worry about...
    Regarding point #2:  I just ordered my first couple bags of Ozark Oak.  They arrived today.  Haven't opened the box yet, but very glad to hear about the minimal dust.
    Southern California
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,987
    There's less dust than all I've tried. If you turn over the end of the bag, stick your head in the dust... Inhale really deep 8 times a day... In 40 years you'll die.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 13,696
    Solution: don't breathe the frickin' dust.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 13,696
    I treat any dust or otherwise material as bad to breathe.  Live the lifestyle of prudent behavior, not paranoia.  (I'm making fun of ya here)....  ;)

    Air, that's sum good stuff.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,100

    Unless you are Shirley Maclaine you are going to leave the planet and not come back-pick your poison and enjoy life.  Extrapolated to the end-game the death expectancy of life is 100%.  In my case I have accumulated enough laps of the Sun to not worry much about lump dust or other routine life events.  Wish I had had the foresight to get a BGE when those things mattered.  FWIW and YMMV-

    Louisville
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  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,433
    I'm a dead man.

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

    Omaha, NE
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  • *Note to self - no more rubbing of dust on gums*
    No I am not addicted to bbqing...
    :D
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  • CAT SellerCAT Seller Posts: 205
    Isn't that what nose hairs are for - to catch that kind of stuff?
    If it ain't a CAT, it's a dog!!! 2 LBGE's & BGE Backyard Chef Edition Cart
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  • Hate to admit it, I place handfuls gently in my baby egg. No dust, reach in from the top and grab handfuls. I try and ensure large pieces are on bottom, etc. If there is dust on the bottom of the bag, I toss the bag once i get there.

    Anyway, the death rate holding steady at 100 percent last I checked.
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  • Isn't that what nose hairs are for - to catch that kind of stuff?

    Those are for creating buggers, kids use them as snacks. :)
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    Austin, Texas.  I'm the guy holding a beer.
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  • CAT SellerCAT Seller Posts: 205
    sumoconnell Posts: 212 8:53PM CAT Seller said: Isn't that what nose hairs are for - to catch that kind of stuff? Those are for creating buggers, kids use them as snacks. It get more of those mowing the yard (North Fla area), then loading the egg with lump, so I should be fine.
    If it ain't a CAT, it's a dog!!! 2 LBGE's & BGE Backyard Chef Edition Cart
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  • You could always wear an N95 particulate mask. They are inexpensive and disposable.
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  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,296
    I think the odds of getting colon cancer from consuming smoked foods daily is higher than getting lung disease from lump. Put on a mask and you'll have just one thing to worry about.
    Dave - Austin, TX
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,985
    edited August 2013
    It is interesting that someone was grinding this up and using it as salt!

    INGESTION: Not likely, if swallowed seek medical attention
    Can we revisit this idea?? It doesn't make sense to me, but no one else commented before it fell off. A few people said they did it, I don't see the advantage, just that it is a bad idea.  And @thebaron , if your gonna flag a comment, have the balls to say something about your thoughts.


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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I'm thinking the bourbon will get us before the dust
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,788
    theres probably enough asbestos in my lungs to keep my lungs from harms way of lump dust. 5th generation boiler maker
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  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 459
    I'm more concerned about the hickory smoke when putting meat on the BGE.  You always get blasted no matter what you do when you open the lid after the egg has come up to temp.  As with anything else, you can't live your life being scared of your shadow.
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