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Using left over lump

rclark1187rclark1187 Posts: 7
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum
I just finished my first Boston Butt on the BGE. Came out great. Thanks to everyone for the help. How do I start my next fire with the left over lump charcoal?

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  • I mix old and new lump with almost every cook.  Knock the old ash off the used stuff, add some new lump over the top and start as usual.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • tnbarbqtnbarbq Posts: 248
    I use a small garden tool to rake the coals and let the ash fall through.  Then just add new lump and fire it up.
    Scooter 
    Mid TN. Hangin' in the 'Boro. MIM Judge
  • I sometimes get 3 cooks out of a load of lump without adding new. Depending on condition and amount left over, stir it up, clean it up, fire it up.

    the city above Toronto - Noodleville wtih 2 Large 1 Mini

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,705
    I sometimes get 3 cooks out of a load of lump without adding new. Depending on condition and amount left over, stir it up, clean it up, fire it up.
    What gabriegger said......except not sure what clean it up is unless thats pile it up in Texan
    :-))
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • I mix old and new lump with almost every cook.  Knock the old ash off the used stuff, add some new lump over the top and start as usual.
    Same here. 
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  • @ MIckey - Not sure what 'pile it up' in Texan means, but being the son of a Canadian Navy veteran, clean it up is exactly that.  Never leave a mess behind.  I know it is a bit much, but I clean the ash out after stirring up the old lump.  Perhaps that is why I've yet to have a problem getting my BGE up to temp in a hurry.  By the way, thanks for the tip I read in one of your earlier posts about not using the daisy wheel for any cook under 400 degrees.  Have been doing that since and am amazed at how simpler it is to stay on temp using only the bottom vent.

    the city above Toronto - Noodleville wtih 2 Large 1 Mini

  • For me, if there's enough lump leftover from the last cook, I just use what's left - perhaps stir it a bit (though that's sort of superfluous now that I have the High-Que grate), and light the same way as I did when it was "new" lump.

    But if I feel that there's not enough used lump to last for the entire cook, I'll top it off w/ new lump, stir (to mix old & new), and light.

    Easy Peasy :-)
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    +1, HH
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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 990
    edited February 2012

    yep, stir it up, remove any rocks from Royal Oak. and add them to my collection at the end of the rain spout.

    dump some new in, up to the bottom of the fire ring. and light it with the weed burner.

    Unless I am doing a Hamburger for lunch, or a quick pork tenderloin, or boneless chicken breasts. then I just light it and go for it. a short wait for clear smoke as there are no VOC's then.

    I have an XL. I clean out the bottom when the ashes get within about a inch and a half to to the fire grate.

    The bottom of an XL will hold a lot of ash.

    At that time I take it apart and take the shop vac to it.

    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    If I mix new in and am using my chimney, I put the new in the bottom of the chimney and the old on top.  Gets the VOCs out of the new by the time I dump it into the egg.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • I use a small garden tool to rake the coals and let the ash fall through.  Then just add new lump and fire it up.
    Eggaxtly what I do.  I use one of those three prong little rakes to stir the ash all down.  If you don't keep the ash clear you will have trouble regulating the temperature.

    Doc

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

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