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Poll-Lump; dump or sort first...

Trying out Rockwood on Sat for the first time and as I was sorting into the lump storage bins I decided to inquire as to others' preferences.  I sort large (self defined), medium (self defined) and small/marginal use.  (There are the occasional grandes' but that's the exception.) True confession-I also hand load the lump and (now for the jinx) have never lost a fire.  Anyone else?
Louisville
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  • I do the same exact thing as @Tjcoley
    Pittsburgh, PA
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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,001
    As long as I use Rockwood, Ozark Oak, or Dragon Breath, I just dump.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

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  • I for the most part dump and burn the only time I lost a fire was my maiden voyage my fault I didnt put enough lump  who knew but like Tjcoley said if I'm doing a over night low and slow I clean out the Egg compleat take down shop vac  reassemble put fresh lump large peaces on bottom  then smokeing chunks on top then dump the old stuff on top of that and more chunks on top of that 
    2 Large Eggs and a Mini 2 Pit Bulls and a Pork shoulder or butt nearby and 100% SICILIAN
    Long Island N.Y.
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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 4,468
    Dump and light. i am on my third bag of rockwood and there is really no need to sort. You will love the way it cooks. It burns hotter than any lump i have tried except for OO Between those 2 it is a wash for me

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    Large BGE. Small BGE Henderson, Ky.
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  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,275

    I used to sort the lump and was meticulous about cleaning out the egg each time. Then I realized I was wasting my time and now just give a few stirs and then just dump in the lump.  Every few times I'll clean out the ash after stirring. 

     

    No problems with the fire going out and the time saved is enormous.

    Barry Lancaster, PA
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  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 675
    edited October 2013

    I keep my lump in a watertight plastic tote under my table big enough to hold about 30 lbs. worth.  I will split open a new bag with a utility knife and move all pieces from the bag to the tote by hand (not sorting by size however), and leave very small/unusable pieces and dust to be discarded with the bag.  When adding lump, I just do it by hand for however many handfuls I need based on what I have left in the fire box. 

     

    LBGE

    Cedar table w/granite top

    Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack

    Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer

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  • RLeeperRLeeper Posts: 480
    I dump and burn. Never have attempted to sort and never had a fire to go out. I have done numerous overnight cooks without problems.
    Extra Large, Large, and Mini. Tucker, GA
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  • drink and dump for me. 

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  • KoskoKosko Posts: 535
    Dump and burn for me!
    Peachtree City, Ga Large BGE
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,019
    Dump, make sure nothing weird is going on, light.  drink.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • For everyday cooks, dump and burn.

    For low and slows, I clean egg by setting the unburned pieces of lump aside, then vacuuming the ash out.  I then fill the bottom of the firebox with large pieces of new lump and place the unburned pieces I set aside on top of the new lump.

    I figure the fresh clean out is worth not risking the fire going out in the middle of the night.
    Texas Aggie transplanted in Georgia
    Large BGE, Small BGE, more accessories than I'm willing to tell the Mrs. about.

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  • I stir, dump, and light. I clean out the egg for long cooks or big cooks. I don't dump the bottom of the bag in, I dump it in a 5 gallon bucket and shake and then get anything worth saving out.


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  • I had to wait in line. Just got a toilet.


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  • jtippersjtippers Posts: 510
    RLeeper said:
    I dump and burn. Never have attempted to sort and never had a fire to go out. I have done numerous overnight cooks without problems.
    +1 Dump and burn
    LBGE April 2011 • SBGE December 2012 •  XLBGE December 2013
    Location: Jasper, Georgia
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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    Dump and light no matter what I'm cooking.

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  • TFolsTFols Posts: 197
    Stir, dump and light. As the the late, great Billy Mays would say "It's that easy!"
    Bloomfield, NJ
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,190

    Dump it!!!  No need to sort.

    If you're in the bottom 1/4 of the bag and getting ready for a long smoke, then open a new bag.  Dump the new bag, then use that 1/4 of the old bag over the top.  Once you get down to the very bottom of the bag, save what little fines are left for your fireplace, camp fire, or other non-BGE cooker.

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  • radamoradamo Posts: 349
    Stir it good with my 1x2 coal shuffler.  Then dump and light. Every bag or so I use my shop vac to clean out the ash. Never had an issue. 

    Long Island, NY
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,150

    Dump, make sure nothing weird is going on, light.  drink.

    I do a similar method. Drink, dump, light with my alcohol dragon breath and a Bic lighter. High comedy.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,227
    Thanks to all for the input-my approach is very much in the minority so I need to get  right with the world. I've got the drinking part down to a science but the lump charcoal load exercise definitely needs work.  All in good time-have a great weekend and Go A's!!!!
    Louisville
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  • GATABITESGATABITES Posts: 1,068
    Dude, I dump and light. Its just too dirty of a process for me. It all gets burned anyways. 

    I only had one fire and it was my first low and slow using Wicked good. After doing the research i realized it wasn't me but the lump. Haven't had a fire go out since. Every few cooks I will clean out the egg. The last few low and slows were just dump and light no cleaning required other than raking out the ashes beneath the fire grate. 

     
    XL BGE 
    Joe JR 
    Reisterstown, MD
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  • Since getting hi que grate I just dump and light.
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,340
    I stir and dump. Then I clear a little space at the front of the firebox to make sure a hole or two from the charcoal grate are unobstructed. 

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • THE DRUTHE DRU Posts: 60
    I stir, dump and light. Nothing but Rockwood here in Central Kentucky!

    Bluegrass Grills, Versailles, KY

    XL, Lg, performer, Q

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  • DMWDMW Posts: 6,566
    Stir the leftover, dump and lite. Never had a problem on my XL. Usually use Royal Oak. Used Oazark Oak for my tandoori last week and was very impressed with the minimal ash it produced.
    My Facebook Place where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - Hasty Bake Legacy - Black Stone Pizza Oven - Gasser - 30" Firepit w/SS Cooking Grid
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,019
    What is this stir thing?  Thought the question was dump or sort. 
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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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