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OT: dust and small pieces?

Rafter RRafter R Posts: 120
edited 1:31AM in EggHead Forum
Question for the eggsperts...Is there a practical use for the charcoal dust and too small to burn pieces from the bag? i.e. does it benefit the garden soil or is there another use? If I can use it for something then I would like to but if not then to the trash they go.

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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Some folks say it is good for soil and lawns. If I don't have a bag handy I will spread it over the lawn. Sometimes I put it in the garbage.

    I do use the smaller pieces new or used in my cooks. If a piece will easily fall through the fire grate and is under the fire grate I don't bother saving it. If a small piece like that is in the lump bed I don't worry about clearing it out and getting rid of it.

    GG
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,002
    i just dump it in the egg and light it, separating small pieces and dust is a waste of time :laugh:
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    My wife has a flower bed right behind my eggs. When I clean out the eggs I throw the small pieces into it and vacuum out the dust. I have no idea if it helps the flowers or not, but it helps me! :laugh:
  • BraumiesterBraumiester Posts: 134
    fishlessman wrote:
    i just dump it in the egg and light it, separating small pieces and dust is a waste of time :laugh:


    Me too and I have never had any problems with fires. :laugh: :laugh:
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,940
    You need to check your soil and find out if it is acidic or alkaline. If acidic, as mine is, charcoal improves the soil. My experience is that the improvement was somewhat dramatic. I've read that the porous charcoal will attract nutrients, and is a perfect home for root-hairs. So maybe that accounts for veggies double in size from the year previous.

    I have had problems with lo-n-slos when I had lots of dust and bits. Very low air flow, and a long time coming to temperature. Likewise 2nd of 3rd use lump that has lots of ash.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,000
    Yep, so do I. I burn everything but the bag. :)

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • fishlessman wrote:
    i just dump it in the egg and light it, separating small pieces and dust is a waste of time :laugh:

    Agreed!! :laugh:
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