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Charcoal Storage Question

TexheadTexhead Posts: 49
edited 12:26PM in EggHead Forum
Every time I do a low and slow, I open a new bag of charcoal to find those good big pieces. Needless to say, I now have "several" opened bags of lump littering my garage.

Anyone have any ingenious methods of charcoal storage? I suppose I could consolidate into one bag but for the fact that I usually tear bags completely open for easier big lump hunting.



  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,831
    I've got 2 big plastic tubs, I think they're 20 gallons ea. One for big pieces, on for all the rest. Between the 2, they hold about 30 pounds.
  • Try a large plastic rubbermaid trash can or a galvanized aluminum/steel one.
  • I use small sterilite tote containers
    I have 1 small one for my wood chunks and 1 small one for my "gooduns", aka large pieces of charcoal I use at the bottom of a lump pile

    I also have 1 huge sterilite container for my charcoal. It holds about 1.5 20lb bags, so I empty it, open a new bag and fill the egg, then put the rest and another bag in the container. I let them sit on my deck all year long, no moisture, no problems. Just look for cracks from the plastic getting brittle and hit when you move them around.
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    On a side note, I have done lo/slo with not one piece of lump bigger than a golf ball and most about the size of a marble. The last I did 2 cooks, for a total more than 24hrs on the same load of lump. :P
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,718
    just so you know, some of us just open the bag and drop the lump into the egg ;) i made a lump grate that has more holes for better airflow, others lifted the grate a quarter inch increasing the airflow, you really dont need to search out bigger chunks of lump imho
  • Interesting. Do you have a suggestion for how to raise the grate 1/4 inch? I have a medium.

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,718
    someone probably has a pick, i believe the easiest way was to use a bolt and nut with a washer big enough to over hang the circumfrance in three places. the grate was now sitting higher on the washers
  • Thanks - I'll give that a try.
  • AngelaAngela Posts: 543
    we have 3 5 gallon buckets we use for large, medium and small
    Egging on two larges + 36" Blackstone griddle
  • Woody69Woody69 Posts: 360
    Me too. I have never stacked,sorted, or even thought about arranging a perfect pile of lump. Dump and light is all I do. I have done several overnight cooks with no failures. I have used a wiggle rod a time or two when the temp seemed to drop a little, but that's it.
  • I am from the dump the lump from the bag into the egg school. Therefore, I store my unused lump in the bag. Right now I have a 3/4 bag full stuffed in the cabinet on my gasser. ;)

    My complaint with plastic storage bins is that they get brittle and crack after a few years of being outside. If you can find a galvanized steel can with a cover, you might have a nice solution.
  • SteveinTNSteveinTN Posts: 229
    i just dump and go also....
    but i do like these storage units. i find they are easier to deal with and dump the lump ongoing. i use three inside the cabinet.

  • TexheadTexhead Posts: 49
    Thanks for all the good ideas. I will be trying some this weekend.

    BTW, I am ignoring all you people who just dump charcoal. I have to do something to make it look like that good food coming off the egg took some skill on my part.

  • I use the dog food containers called "Vittles Vault"

    They are great. I can put a whole bag of Lump Coal in one and it is completely water and bug proof. I also use them for my wood chunks. I also have one for soaking my wood before smoking.

    They come if a variety of sizes and shapes.
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