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Found in a recent bag of Royal Oak

ShiffShiff Posts: 1,707
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum
I was dumping in some Royal Oak charcoal last night and found this railroad tie nail.  Doesn't look like it has been used (not banged on the top) but it made me wonder what kind of wood they are using.image
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Barry, Lancaster, PA


  • gtk10583gtk10583 Posts: 77
    Obviously using wood heavily soaked in creosote.
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    If it doesn't look like the nail has been used, then it probably didn't come out of an old railroad tie.
    The Naked Whiz
  • jjmillsjjmills Posts: 117
    So you paid $6-8 for 1.8 pounds of steel and 7 pounds of coal. 
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  • MikeP624MikeP624 Posts: 292

    Can you email or call the company about this and get a free bag?  If you even want it. 

    I understand the occassional piece of rock, but a railroad spike is ridiculous.

  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,707
    If it doesn't look like the nail has been used, then it probably didn't come out of an old railroad tie.
    I agree that this nail hadn't been used, but how did it get into the bag of charcoal?  I am going to try and contact the company.
    Large BGE
    Barry, Lancaster, PA
  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,061
    Did you burn through all of your Humphrey? I've found one rock so far in the Humphrey.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,707
    I'm trying to finish up my last Royal Oak and Wicked Good before I switch to the Humphrey. We've been away and haven't had as much time to cook as I'd like.
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    edited May 2012
    would think some of the stuff is from metal found along a tree line.  almost like the thing was driven into a tree as a hinge on a gate or something.

    hard to say whether they source their wood from 'virgin' areas, or if they also use wood from farms and yards (tree cutting)

    rocks can get incorporated into stumps, but i'm thinking the rocks we find are from the lump being dozed across a yard and dumped in piles on the ground.

    i might mention it to them in an email as sort of a "hey Royal Oak, you'll never guess what I found..." rather than "I demand a free bag you sunsab!tchin rip off artists!"  gotta think it's of course an accident.

    there was a guy who swore he'd demand a free bag of Brand-X lump once his pile of rocks hit 20 pounds, but i shudder to think how much this stuff would cost if we had to pay someone to check each piece of jet-black material as it went into the back, to verify it was lump. 

    and, to beat a dead horse, out of curiosity, i weighed a bag in which i'd found a decent sized rock. it was a 22 pound bag sold as 20 pounds.  hard to **** about being sold a rock when the bag was overfilled to begin with
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    I would guess that a significant portion of RO's source wood is slabs from lumber mills.  That was certainly true at Streumph's operation in Missouri.

    Regardless, I'll bet that if RO responds, it will be a well-worded and polite version of "how the heck do we know?  We don't do it deliberately."  I wrote Cowboy (it took 3 emails) about a piece of plywood I found in their lump back when it was the scraps from millwork and their reply was essentially "we try hard to ensure this doesn't happen, but sometimes it does".  I'm thinking if RO knew how it got there, it wouldn't have been there to begin with. 
    The Naked Whiz
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    my inclination is to excuse it as a normal part of a rough and tumble operation.
    i emailed them once about some severely sparking Argentinian lump, and although they replied, now that you mention it, their attitude was sort of just a verbal '>shrug< more than anything.

    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • MikeP624MikeP624 Posts: 292

    Not sure how the process works, but it seems to me that metal scraps could easily be taken out with a large magnet.

    I envision at some point the wood riding down a conveyor belt where the could be a large magnet that picks out unwanted metal pieces.

  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,351
    So you paid $6-8 for 1.8 pounds of steel and 7 pounds of coal. 

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  • EggucatedEggucated Posts: 213
    I wonder if some tree huggers put that into a tree to tear up chainsaws or a mill?  Although you said it hadn't been used so that kills my theory.
    Thanks, Mike "Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one will believe it."
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Mike, I'll bet that having a large magnet to screen lump for metal objects would not be worth the cost.  I'd bet not very much metal gets into the lump and even if it does, it does no harm.  In all my years, I can only remember 1 piece of metal (although it could have been a couple of more times, who knows).
    The Naked Whiz
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,986

    Here's a recent RO find for me:




    1 lbs, 14 oz of metal.  Fortunately, I wasn't dumping my lump on this cook and pulled this out of the bag by hand.  I'm wondering if maybe mine was part of a scoop for the lump but I have no idea how they "harvest" the lump.

    Other than the occasional rock, RO has been good for me and I'm hoping to avoid more finds like this.  I haven't written the company yet but have been meaning to.

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  • misumisu Posts: 213
    Who cares, does it burn? :)

    I just bought a pallet of RO from restaurant depot today while they had it on sale, they used a forklift to put it in my truck. I'm proud :)
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