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making lump charcoal

old truck manold truck man Posts: 4
edited 10:02AM in Off Topic
I recently made a drum full of hickory charcoal. It took 2 days to make about 4 five gallon cans and some was fully "cooked" and a few pieces still had some brown. I used a few pieces of the brown to get extra smoke for flavor and it worked quite well. Anyone else tried making their own? Care to swap ideas?
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  • I recently made a batch of lump charcoal from Hickory wood. It took 2 days and gave me about 4 five gallon cans of charcoal, some of which was black and some only brown. I used a few pieces of the brown to get more smoke flavor and it worked quite well. Anyone else tried making their own? Care to swap ideas?
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,312
    I would assume you don't live "in town" where burning like that is prohibited. :laugh: How did you control the burn?
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • I do not live near a town, much less in one. ;)
    I built a stand and placed a 55 gallon drum with removeable lid on the stand horizontally. I left about 2 ft of space between the ground and the barrel for the burn fire. The drum has a pipe which vents the escaping gases back into the fire to burn them. The lid has a plug which can be removed during the early firing so that moisture can escape. When the escaping vapor turns from white to almost clear I replace the plug. I split the hickory to about 3/4 to 1" thickness and filled the barrel. I used old firewood and debris to heat it. I don't know how to post a pic on here yet.
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  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    I wish I still lived on my old place in Kentucky [well, not really] I would be all over this project. My "Adult Retirement Community" here in Florida would go ballistic with setup humming away on my nickel sized lot :ohmy: :evil: :P

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 15,312
    ah go for it Frank! Those ol' Q-tips need something to b*tch about! :woohoo:
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    I would love too! :evil: Problem is I don't own 120 acres of Oak, Hickory, Wild Cherry, Sassafras, and Maple any more :lol: I guess I could try some Hurricane damaged Palms! :P

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
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  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,394
    Ask dubah, he has made some.
    Molly
    Colorado Springs
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  • dubahdubah Posts: 59
    Old Truck Man,
    I've made my own, a couple of times, used a 55 gal drum with a 30 gal drum inside it, on a couple of fire bricks. Kept a fire going under the 30 gal, for hours and hours, then sealed it up and let it cool. It might have been that the quality of the "hardwood" I used wasn't "great" as lump was pretty lightweight. I'll try again when I get some "real" hardwood. A fun project, but not necessarily worth the effort.
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  • It certainly was a lot of work for not much charcoal but the flavor of the meat was tops! I plan to make some charcoal from applewood this fall. I am doubling the size of my "cooker" to 2 55gal drums.
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