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Lump Charcoal from Sams

First time posting to the forum, and I just want to say thanks to everybody for all the great advice. The forum is a really great resource. 

I bought some lump charcoal from Sams Club a few weeks ago. The charcoal was not very uniform, but no big deal. However, the last time I dumped in a load I noticed a couple of big nails in the batch, They were charred black so I'm assuming they were stuck in the wood when it went into the charcoal kiln. Which begs the question, what kind of wood are they using that would have some nails pounded into it? Fence posts, barn wood, house lumber?. Is it possible that the lumber could have been treated lumber?  Wish I could remember the label on the bag. Kind of makes me concerned about whats in the smoke from wood that might have been pressure treated, covered with paint or stain, or who knows what. Just thought I'd let you all know.

The Dude 
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  • DfishelDfishel Posts: 104
    Thanks for the heads up.
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  • If it was from Sam's it was probably Best of the West. It is made from Mesquite,people do all sorts of things to trees so just about anything is possible in Lump charcoal !
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
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  • Mesquite.

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  • You did not give brands.  If you mean Best of the West, it is just fine.  You find debris in all lump, and the things I've found in BW always appear to me to be stuff that went onto the tree, not the construction trash.  Royal Oak always has some rocks in it.  Cowboy, on the other hand, has metal, plywood, fiberglass, whatever was in the dumpster when they collected it.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,260
    Charcoal is like people's favorite football team. Their's is awesome and everyone else' sucks.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • I just like the flavor of foods better with hardwood based lump charcoals. Also, there seems to be less snap, crackle and pop when it burns. I wish I could get the bigger and cheaper lump charcoal in a hardwood version. Are you listening SAMs?
    Dave - Austin, TX
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  • Mesquite is hardwood. It can be sparky though.

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  • Mesquite is hardwood. It can be sparky though.

    Technically they are not, at least in forestry terms. Yes, it's wood is "hard" but they are not deciduous trees which earn the name "hardwood". Oak, pecan, hickory are true hardwood trees.
    Dave - Austin, TX
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  • henapple said:
    Charcoal is like people's favorite football team. Their's is awesome and everyone else' sucks.
    Amen!

    The Naked Whiz
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  • Mesquite is hardwood. It can be sparky though.

    Technically they are not, at least in forestry terms. Yes, it's wood is "hard" but they are not deciduous trees which earn the name "hardwood". Oak, pecan, hickory are true hardwood trees.
    Mesquite is a deciduous tree according to Wikipedia.
    The Naked Whiz
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  • Perhaps they are but I didn't see it listed as an American Hardwood tree on the websites I looked at. Also didn't see the Honey Mesquite listed as deciduous. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopis_glandulosa When I buy hardwood lump charcoal is mesquite mixed in there?
    Dave - Austin, TX
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  • Perhaps they are but I didn't see it listed as an American Hardwood tree on the websites I looked at. Also didn't see the Honey Mesquite listed as deciduous. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopis_glandulosa When I buy hardwood lump charcoal is mesquite mixed in there?
    Probably not going to be mixed in because mesquite is so distinctive.  I think most consumers would like mesquite or something else, but not necessarily mixed together.  But it is hard, it is wood, it is deciduous, so I don't think it is unreasonable to call it a hardwood.  Honey Mesquite is indeed deciduous: http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Prosopis%20glandulosa%20.pdf. Mesquite is also known as Texas Ironwood, and it grows over a large expanse of America, so I don't see any problem calling it an American Hardwood except for the fact that it also grows outside of America.
    The Naked Whiz
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