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What do you do with the small pieces of lump coal at the bottom of the bag?

Every so often a bag has small pieces about the size of a quarter or slightly larger.  I have been using those for the brisket low temperature cooks, because those small pieces clog the air vents.  If I need to get the temperature up with some of those pieces, I put them toward the front and put big pieces at the back all the way down.  What do you do with those small pieces.  Sometimes I want to throw them out but they work fine.  So it is a waste of money to toss them.  Thanks 

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  • GregWGregW Posts: 2,384
    If you have a chimenea, small pieces work well to get a bed of coals started to help light the wood logs. 
    Birmingham, AL
  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 1,591
    Sometimes I’ll take the bag with the leftover small lump, roll it up and put it on the firepit - build a log cabin of firewood above and start a fire. 
    Memphis, TN 

    LBGE, 2 SBGE, Hasty-Bake Gourmet
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 6,147
    Burn them in the Mini Max. Don’t stress over lump size. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven. LSG 24” cabinet offset smoker. There are a few paella pans and a Patagonia cross in the barn. A curing chamber for bacterial transformation of meats...
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 10,182
    I love small pieces for my mini. Lately I’ve been breaking up RW so it will fit in the little guy. The small pieces also work great to help spread the fire when you put them on top of the larger pieces. 

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • All of it burns. I dump it in. 

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • BotchBotch Posts: 10,792
    When my bag is almost empty I set it aside, load with the new bag, and then sprinkle with the crumbs on top, for two burns.
    Nothing's wasted, nothing's clogged.  I do have to count, which for a retiree can be a struggle.  
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    Ogden, Utard.  
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 35,284
    You can't clog an egg up too much for a low and slow with small lump.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 
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  • Sometimes I’ll take the bag with the leftover small lump, roll it up and put it on the firepit - build a log cabin of firewood above and start a fire. 
    This!!!!  Really good fire pit starters. I torch the whole bag under some logs and away we go. 
  • All of it burns. I dump it in. 

    When I scrape out the ash, I use a cat litter scoop to catch the smaller pieces, while the ash falls through.  I just dump the pieces back on the pile.  Nothing gets wasted, and they burn just fine.
    Raleigh, NC
  • Smokem
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 10,792
    rekameohs said:
    When I scrape out the ash, I use a cat litter scoop to catch the smaller pieces, while the ash falls through.  I just dump the pieces back on the pile.  Nothing gets wasted, and they burn just fine.
    Stolen!   :) 
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    Introvert Engineers - Social Distancing before it was cool.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • I plant mine in the ground and try to grow charcoal trees. So far im not having much luck


    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, Minimax, 22" Blackstone, Pizza Party Bollore. Cast Iron Hoarder.

  • Sometimes I’ll take the bag with the leftover small lump, roll it up and put it on the firepit - build a log cabin of firewood above and start a fire. 
    This is exactly what I do ... roll the bag up and chuck the entire thing into the fire pit. Makes for a good starter.
    Napoleon Prestige Pro 665, XL BGE, Lots of time for BBQ!
  • SciAggie said:
    Don’t stress over lump size. 
    That's what she said.
  • I always dump them in.  Hell, i even shake the bag empty
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 4,331
    Dump it all in.  It had the same BTU/# regardless of the size....even the dust.  Small pieces do not burn at a rate faster than the large ones.

    If getting to the bottom of the bag and need to fill the entire egg, then I start a new bag and use the rest of the old bag to top dress.  The dust and fines will sprinkle down into the firebox and will actually help maintain a low & slow by providing a "fire bridge".  Big chunks leave big gaps.  Big gaps = cold air.....not good on starting and low & slows.....charcoal needs 670F to burn.
  • BTUs is BTUs.  Or so I’ve heard
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
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