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What to do with lump shards

I opened a new bag of lump today and most of it was small chards with only a small number of good chunks. Do you toss the smaller pieces or can you work them in some way?  
Plainfield, IL
XL BGE

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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 10,402
    It all will burn. If it’s really bad put bigger chunks in first then fill.  

    2nd thought this is a prime opportunity to buy a mini. Mine love little pieces of lump.  Lol

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 37,952
    They burn fine.  I don't worry about that stuff.  If there's an excessive amount of charcoal dust, it can block airflow, but low and slows don't need much airflow.  Not ideal for grilling hot though.
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  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,769
    Burn it. 
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,068
    I'm in the camp that doesn't like big chunks anyway. I set them aside and smack them on my "lump reducer" which then makes it easy to pour back in a bag!

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  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 3,006
    I haven’t run into lump that doesn’t burn. I’m pretty sure your significant other will be fine with the size of your lump as well. 

    John - SLC, UT

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  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 835
    Small stuff on top makes for the best low and slow. 

    Doesn’t block air flow because there’s very little needed anyway
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 4,921
    I have gotten into the habit of feeling the bags of lump before I buy
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  • GamecockeggmanGamecockeggman Posts: 1,225
    When I read the title I was expecting this to go south very very fast.  Points for maturity Gentleman!!
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  • 4TheGrillOfIt4TheGrillOfIt Posts: 353
    It can definitely slow your cook down as far as getting up to temperature and is not ideal for higher temps.  I personally hate the little crap and the dust even in my small Egg, but I try to use as much as I can.  
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  • Thanks everyone
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  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 8,368
    loco_engr said:
    I have gotten into the habit of feeling the bags of lump before I buy
    Agree, I shake the bag and ‘listen’ too. Also, after shaking, when you compare the bags standing upright, the ones with more headroom usually have more broken pieces that settled.
    canuckland
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