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Lump storage for the winter

Hey, guys..

With winter fast approaching (September here in the Great White North of SE MI! :) ), I want to load up on lump.

Thinking of getting 100 lbs of Ozark Oak from Firecraft for the free shipping.  (OK, the free shipping on $100+ is the real motivation..)

Can I store this in my garage with no issues of dampness effecting the lump or risk of spontanious combustion?  (That'd be bad!)

Any tips / tricks for storing over a humid and (often well below freezing) MI winter?

Thanks!
Mini BGE, KJ Classic - Black, Cookshack SM025, Weber Gasser (mostly for Kamado storage!)
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  • EGGjlmhEGGjlmh Posts: 658
    I usally load up on RO for the winter.  I keep it in my little storage shed with no problems at all.

    1MBGE 2006, 1LBGE 2010, 1 Mini Max, Fathers Day 2015

  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,078
    No issues......Even if it gets wet, it will dry out.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,058
    For the past 10 years I have kept no less than 400 to 800 pounds of lump in my attached garage year around. Granted it doesn't get wet, but lump is 100% carbon - not rotting wood. Even if your storage shed leaks wet lump is no threat...in fact you can even light wet lump!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,690
    I started last winter with about 160 lbs in my garage - no problems. With that said, HD and me egg dealer had lump all winter, so I probably will keep it to 3 bags or so, much as I liked having the big stash.
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,020
    edited August 2014
    RRP said:
    For the past 10 years I have kept no less than 400 to 800 pounds of lump in my attached garage year around.

    Hello. My name is Ron and I am a lumpaholic...

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

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • EGGjlmhEGGjlmh Posts: 658
    RRP said:
    For the past 10 years I have kept no less than 400 to 800 pounds of lump in my attached garage year around. Granted it doesn't get wet, but lump is 100% carbon - not rotting wood. Even if your storage shed leaks wet lump is no threat...in fact you can even light wet lump!

    Holy crap!  I thought about 100 pounds was a good winter stash.  I am jealous!!! :|

    1MBGE 2006, 1LBGE 2010, 1 Mini Max, Fathers Day 2015

  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,077
    I have always stored my lump in the garage as well.


    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • SmokyBearSmokyBear Posts: 371
    Any risk of fire with such a large stash of lump piled up?  Lump is VERY hard to light (without a torch) so I'm thinking not but want to be very sure also..
    Mini BGE, KJ Classic - Black, Cookshack SM025, Weber Gasser (mostly for Kamado storage!)
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,077
    The way I see it is if you garage is already on fire the fuel from the lump burning will be the least of your worries. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,058
    edited August 2014
    EGGjlmh said:


    Holy crap!  I thought about 100 pounds was a good winter stash.  I am jealous!!! :|
    No - it is a long story, of which I get pimped any time I mention it. It all started 14 years ago when I bought my first egg and had to go nearly 4 months with only one 20 pound bag, since the BGE dealer AT THAT TIME was clueless why anyone would want to cook on a BGE any time between Sept and the following May! No wonder he went out of business! That didn't make me a hoarder in itself, but I swore I would NEVER be caught like that again. Besides that my buying practice has allowed me to buy and accumulate lump while on sale rather than have to go pay full retail when a 10 or 20 # bag runs out. Laugh at me...I don't care! Besides that it is not at all unusual for me to go through 40 pounds a week!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,077
    I completely understand Ron. You will not get caught with your pants down again! For some reason I thought you were in California??? 


    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • Hey there @SmokyBear - I live in Flint and have a GFS store near me that carries their brand of lump (made by RO) year round.  I think it's $12 or $13 for 20 lbs. 
    Flint, Michigan
  • RickyBobbyRickyBobby Posts: 744
    I'm with RRP on this one! My last Lump purchase was a full pallet, which equals 600lbs, and I shared it with no one. Call me a hoarder or whatever ... I will not get caught without Lump. I live very rural and if there's ever big power outages I will be on bottom of list to be back on. I figure with a good supply of Lump I will always have a means to cook, power or no power!
    My PitMaster IQ120 FREAKIN ROCKS!!!!!!! Current BGE arsenal: XL & MiniMax
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,077
    @RickyBobby I read your words, but all I can hear in my head is "Please be 18." 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • I buy it when it's on sale and try to stockpile as well, but end up buying lump from GFS when the stockpile runs low.
    Flint, Michigan
  • badinfluencebadinfluence Posts: 1,774
    RRP said:


    EGGjlmh said:





    Holy crap!  I thought about 100 pounds was a good winter stash.  I am jealous!!! :|

    No - it is a long story, of which I get pimped any time I mention it. It all started 14 years ago when I bought my first egg and had to go nearly 4 months with only one 20 pound bag, since the BGE dealer AT THAT TIME was clueless why anyone would want to cook on a BGE any time between Sept and the following May! No wonder he went out of business! That didn't make me a hoarder in itself, but I swore I would NEVER be caught like that again. Besides that my buying practice has allowed me to buy and accumulate lump while on sale rather than have to go pay full retail when a 10 or 20 # bag runs out. Laugh at me...I don't care!

    Besides that it is not at all unusual for me to go through 40 pounds a week!

    Ron from 1 horde to another I get it. I never go below 100 lbs of lump myself. And honestly I can go thru 40 lbs easy on 1 cook depending on how many eggs or if I fire the monster up.
    1 XXL BGE,  1 LG BGE, 2 MED. BGE, 1 MINI BGE, 1 Peoria custom cooker Meat Monster.


    Clinton, Iowa
  • SmokyBearSmokyBear Posts: 371
    Hey there @SmokyBear - I live in Flint and have a GFS store near me that carries their brand of lump (made by RO) year round.  I think it's $12 or $13 for 20 lbs. 
    Thanks..I'm pretty sure I can get lump year round, so that's not as much the motivation to place the order with Firecraft..

    I've had pretty bad luck with RO lately (VERY tiny pieces in the 16 lb bags from Wally World) and have one bag of Ozark Oak that's worked well for me so far - so, I want to get more OO.  Problem is I can't find OO anywhere in the Detroit Metro area, and hate paying shipping - Sooooo..I was thinking of ordering from Firecraft and want to get up to $100 so I can get their "free" shipping..but, it'll take either a bunch of Dizzy Pig added to my lump order or 10 bags of OO - which there's no way I'll go through (in addition to the RO that I already have in the garage) before winter..

    If I could buy Ozark Oak anywhere around here, I probably wouldn't stockpile..the RO will do "in a pinch" but I'm getting REALLY tired of all the tiny pieces in the bags and am willing to pay a few more pennies for "good" lump..
    Mini BGE, KJ Classic - Black, Cookshack SM025, Weber Gasser (mostly for Kamado storage!)
  • If you order OO, I would be happy to meet and buy some with you. I go to metro Detroit every other week to visit my Mom.
    Flint, Michigan
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,747
    edited August 2014
    Hope I came make it till the snows clear and @henapple can get his wagon over the pass. But like henapple says: "it's only a damn Mini". image
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • I keep it in the attached garage all year and never a problem

    image

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

  • SmokyBearSmokyBear Posts: 371
    edited August 2014
    Somewhat OT, but I've also found mixing Ozark Oak (about half a pound at the bottom of the lump pile) and filling the rest of the pile with RO works pretty well..better, actually, than ALL RO - presumably cuz the OO at the bottom are much bigger pieces which creates better airflow all around.

    I did try the same thing with RO at the bottom but rarely can find big enough pieces in the bag from WW - and even when I do, the OO at the bottom seems to work better (faster to get to 400..higher temps all around).  Weird!
    Mini BGE, KJ Classic - Black, Cookshack SM025, Weber Gasser (mostly for Kamado storage!)
  • itsmceitsmce Posts: 397
    I like the idea of OO on the bottom holding the smaller pieces from falling through.  I have the High Q fire grate and when I clean out the ash I am surprised at the size of some of the pieces that make it below.  I typically will shake my ash bucket to bring the big pieces to the top and toss them back on for another go.
    Large (sometimes wish it were an XL) in KS
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    If you get too low @Mickey I'll put the truck in 4 - low and plow through the snow to get you more.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,747
    henapple said:

    If you get too low @Mickey I'll put the truck in 4 - low and plow through the snow to get you more.

    I love you Man :x
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • THEBuckeyeTHEBuckeye Posts: 4,044
    You guys look like hoarders. 

    When I need lump in the winter, I drive 5-10 minutes to Whole Foods or to the local BGE store for the official product. 

    Plus, it's an excuse to get a new Eggseseeorie! 
    New Albany, Ohio 

  • Hi. I'm Fred and I'm a hoarder.image
    Flint, Michigan
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 7,907
    Added some pallet racking to store lump.
    The bottom in now also filled with OO and Wicked.
    Work in progress with the summer heat.lol
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,747
    Photo Egg said:
    Added some pallet racking to store lump.
    The bottom in now also filled with OO and Wicked.
    Work in progress with the summer heat.lol

    Damn Darian, that is cleaner and more straight than my house 8->
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • THEBuckeyeTHEBuckeye Posts: 4,044
    He's a hoarder and a prepper! 
    New Albany, Ohio 

  • @Photo Egg - That is a nicely organized garage. We use that racking in all of our stores and warehouses. Maybe I should get some as that appears to work really well.

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

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