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If you're in a humid climate and using a sealed container, you better be transferring it over and always opening/closing it in an environmentally controlled room. Otherwise, you're trapping humidity in the container........so what's the point of keeping it sealed? If the sun hits that container, green house effect and mold. I heard someone was using a desiccant bag in their charcoal container--LOL. Charcoal is the best desiccant out there--it was probably drawing the moister OUT of the desiccant bag.
Just leave it in the bag, in a covered area. Fold the top over so that the dust isn't getting out if you bump into it, and you garage dust or critters are not getting in. If you're really concerned about the humidity, keep it in the house.
If you really want to start a war, buy a Cotronics ceramic gasket from me and post how it FREAKIN ROCKS.henapple said:Well..amazon never threw me under the bus...so I will spend the extra 23 cents. Of course I'm inexperienced.
I get nervous when we get any less than this:
lkapigian said:Large BGE, Nest, Plate Setter, 2 daisy wheels, custom cabinet with nice work top 60 plus pounds of lump.and various tools ...........Paid $300.00 :)
RRP said:I agree! The thing that gets me though is what is the attraction or bragging rights to dumping out a softball size chunk of lump? Anytime I pour in my charcoal and one those huge pieces fall out I pick the friggen thing up and toss it in a box I have. Then after I have a bunch I take a hammer to them and crush them into "startable/burnable" sizes! This huge chunk-size has always baffled me!TUTTLE871 said:To be honest I think that RO puts equal amounts in each bag, it just depends if you are getting bags from the bottom of a pallet or the top. That's my thought process on it.
This. If it's properly carbonized, it all burns the same if the O2 can get to it. The only problem is if you have a LOT of gravel sized charcoal that packs together in the firebox and will not let the air flow through.
For a charcoal manufacturer you can never make everyone happy. If the chunks are too small, the BGE guys complain; if the chunks are to large, everyone else complains. We shoot for medium to large, knowing that they're going to break down in the palletizing, shipping, and stocking process anyway.....result, hopefully medium if it didn't get too beat up. It will run in a BGE, gravity fed vertical, Weber, WHATEVER no problems.
And for anyone that thinks lump sorted and bagged by size--it's not. It's not like apples, potatoes, & onions going down a conveyor belt falling through certain sized holes, then getting bagged by size. It comes out of the kiln, cools, then goes down a grated metal conveyor that allows the fines to fall through (ours travels on a 1x1"). Anything left on the belt goes into the chute, and into the bags. The fines are collected and sent to the briquette plant. Past that, there is no "sorting" by size--the odd and jagged shapes would make it nearly impossible. Even if you could, you would have to have different sized bags for the same weight.
BTW, as I mentioned in another post, it's almost impossible for a US charcoal manufacturer to make a lump with huge chunks due to EPA requirements. You have to slow burn to get those results--and with the pull of afterburners on the kilns, slow burn methods are pretty much gone. Even if you could get it, properly carbonized lump is brittle and those chunks could/would break at some point.
I'm rambling, but you get the point.......small, medium, large, HUGE.....it all burns the same in the end. Find a charcoal you like, and load up.