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Has anyone noticed this?

Has anyone noticed a rock in the bag of big green egg charcoal? I ask because I have found about 3 or 4 in 3or4 deffernt bags? Always just 1 per bag?


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 18,838
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.
    Well played or new here?  Lump discussions are more volatile than religion or politics and best served late on Friday eve or Friday itself.  But I'm sure there will be more comments.

    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • DMWDMW Posts: 13,581
    No, I have never found a rock, or metal, or a chunk of refractory cement in my lump.

    Also, my eggs have never had a cracked component, and I hear there is a portion of Arizona that has beachfront property.
    Morgantown, PA

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  • ronw9471ronw9471 Posts: 112
    I have found rocks and cement chunks in several bags of lump. Nothing nefarious, just something that happens in the process I suppose.
    Parrish, FL

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  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,450
    I once found a piece of lump in my bag of BGE rocks. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

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  • SoCalTimSoCalTim Posts: 2,158
    RO aka BGE Lump has been very very good to me. 
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  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,204
    SoCalTim said:
    RO aka BGE Lump has been very very good to me. 
    WWMU - What would Myron Use 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,569
    Botch said:
    They put one rock into each and every bag of BGE Lump.  You can save them up and redeem for prizes, see their website.   =)  

    Visalia, Ca
  • They are just complimentary fire starters.  With enough practice, you can rub them together and start your lump faster than a MAPP torch.

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    South of Nashville, TN

  • gmbbsgmbbs Posts: 110
  • JoshnkeriJoshnkeri Posts: 12
    Haha oh well that clears it up! Lol
  • JoshnkeriJoshnkeri Posts: 12
    Kinda figured it was just part of the process I was just curious. 
  • milesvdustinmilesvdustin Posts: 1,947
    Its not Friday!!!!

    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Jumbo Joe

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 7,933
    They're just part of charcoal production in the US and there's no getting around them.  Trees grow around rocks and encapsulate them, and when the trees are felled, they fall on rocks.  They're also get picked up with the loader scoop around the forest or at the plant.  In bagging, there's no way to tell the difference between a charcoal covered rock and a chunk of charcoal.  The only way I've been able to think of a way separating them is to float the charcoal across a water bath (as it would float, and the rocks would sink).......but then there's a whole new set of issues introduced with the water.  Soooooo, we overfill the bags by 0.4-0.6# to make up for any rocks, pieces of refractory from the kiln, metal banding from the slabs, etc.  Most of the time the customer comes out ahead, but in the case where they don't, it surely averages out in their favor by the time you go through a couple bags.

    Not a lot of people know that briquettes are 30-40% rock by weight anyway (crushed lime).  So they can pay for a little rock or two in lump, or pay for 1/3 bag of rock in briquettes........which is why they can sell them so cheap.
    So are you suggesting we need to soak our lump as well as our wood chunks???  Oh boy! Haha!!!
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • I have a nice collection going in the garden. 
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,335
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 18,388
    The rocks are heat retention units that you should welcome with your lump for the price.  Almost as good as a daily double.  Pour them in and you can L & S for 30+ hours.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,680
    They're there to throw at pesky neighborhood children/pets that step on your lawn. 

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