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more lump on cold days?

My last sholder went 26 hiurs...I ran out of lump around 23... Today I ran out at you find lump consumption goes up when the ambient temp drops?
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  • ZickZick Posts: 173
    I have done scores of cold temp cooks and I haven't noticed the difference.
    When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Zick Boulder, CO
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,104
    I sure haven't noticed any more consumption in cold weather.
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Thanks gents
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  • I imagine you might use a bit more, but not much, certainly less than 10%, assuming the temps are not like -40ºF. 
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 14,081
    edited December 2013
    As @Skiddymarker notes, you will use more primarily in the extended time it takes to warm up the BGE and any cooking tools you load in it (platesetter, stone etc).  Beyond that you will continue to burn more because of the larger temperature difference between the BGE external surface and the surrounding air.  I have not run an eggsperiment to quantify but I do know my lump consumption goes up during cold weather cooks.  YMMV-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.
  • I cook all the time in the single digits and below and have not noticed any changes in lump consumption from summer months.

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,529
    edited December 2013
    It goes up a bit in cold weather as the egg loses a little more heat to the outside world.  I notice my draft door setting will be slightly more open compared to a summer day.  But I would not expect that coals that last 23 hours would be reduced to 15 hrs unless you are talking about a sunny 95* day in the summer versus a 0* winter day or even more extreme.  Probably how the coals loaded or the BTU content of the coals are also contributing to the difference you observed.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • I have done some competitions at 115º at sea level and some at 22º at 7800' and have noticed very little if any change in consumption. I know that at the colder comps my competors have used a lot more, but they were all the uneducated, non-egg users.
  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,690
    I can only say I have never run out of lump on a cook, hot or cold.  With that said, I have an XL and it holds a lot of lump.  If your Egg is small or medium, that might be the issue.  Otherwise, I would try to cook at a little higher temp to get done sooner.  Once you are up to temp, it does not take a lot to maintain it.
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
  • Thanks all...
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