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Tree bark in Royal Oak

A couple of bags from Walmart have had some 3x6 inch pieces of tree bark. They had been heated, but didnt seem as carbonized or dry as lump. I figured they'd be good to put on the hi que to keep the smaller pieces of lump from falling through. Do most people use them or toss them when they find them?


  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,108
    I'd burn anything that's in the bag (except for the occasional rock).
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • How common is getting rocks? All I can think about is Charlie Brown in the great Pumpkin
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,108
    I find a small one once in a while; no big thing.
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 2,477
    I got my first bag of RO in awhile and it was full of bark pieces. I ended up picking them out because they kept smoking.
    Greensboro, NC
  • It's pretty common.  That being said... 

  • Nice pic! Too bad we couldn't photo shop thatinto a bag of RO
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 7,636
    I dump and never know what extra stuff was in it till I clean out. That being said I have only found 1 chunk of concrete and it was in Kowboy lump


    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • HibbyHibby Posts: 592
    I find a few in my RO as well. Burn it up!
    I cook. I eat. I repeat. Thornville, Ohio
  • Maybe I'll get Jimmy hoffa in a bag
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 2,607

    From our FAQ's:


    Why did I find something in my bag that isn’t charcoal?

    Sorry about that! We strive to remove all foreign matter during the bagging process, but sometimes pieces sneak by.

    Why? Well, a lot can happen to a tree in its lifetime. People sometimes nail items to them, shoot at them, or run fencing around them. And because trees are constantly growing, objects lodged in trees can easily become encased, creating “knots.” Knots are undesirable in the lumber industry, so they’re often made into charcoal. Objects often remain grafted inside the charcoal chunks, which is why they’re only found once the charcoal becomes ash.

    If you’ve found an object in your charcoal, please tell us! Some customers have found arrowheads, coins, and other fun “prizes.” If it’s anything of value, we’ll gladly take it off of your hands!

  • @stlcharcoal

    Nice write up man!! I get a kick out of some rocks and things out of my lump. But when you realize how charcoal is made it's no surprise why there is some junk stuff found. I threw a softball seized rock in the woods about a month ago I found in my egg. I just dump my lump in expect the very bottom of the bag.


  • Gooey1Gooey1 Posts: 96
    I enjoy the prizes that come in the lump. I have a collection of rocks from R.O. I consider them imported into Canada. I have had a few bark ones and they do smoke like crazy. Extra flavour?
    "Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes............. Well, he eats you"
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