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Storing lump question.

LongknockerLongknocker Posts: 62
edited 2:47PM in EggHead Forum
If I stored our lump in our 12' X 14' storage shed outside would it stay dry and not absorb moisture?
The shed is made out of wood with a shingled roof and has an elevated treated lumber floor which I have painted. I also have a shelving unit in the shed I could stack it on.
The only other place I could store the lump would be in our basement.

Any thoughts?



  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,890
    shed would be fine, i keep mine in a wet dirt floor basement, only problem with lump being damp is its a little slower to light, but not much slower. when i say wet, you need to wear rubber boots in the spring to get to the pallet
  • Thanks Fish!
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,786
    Despite having asked the same question a number of times, I haven't gotten a firm consensus. I Egg in sunny Florida where it is wicked humid during the summer months. Charcoal naturally absorbs moisture and unless it is tightly sealed, it's bound to become laden with H2O if stored in a high-humidity environment. My answer is to keep it indoors where the a/c keeps things dry. I've got some galvanized pails and I'm trying to figure out a way to seal the tops. Perhaps a foam rubber gasket glued around the inside of the lid would work....

    Happpy Eggin'!, Rascal
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226

    I live in Utah in a high desert enviroment, very low humidity most of the time. I remember when I went to Florida the humidity was unbelievable.

    I store my lump in a shed with a piece of plastic underneith the lump. Outside the shed has a lot of standing snow. Right now we have a whiteout (extremely heavy snow). The humidity is very high.

    I picked up two kingsford kaddy's from Home Depot, I think they were $12.99 each. Here is a picture or you can google kingsford kaddy.

    These seal tight and keep my lump which is continually exposed to rain and snow all the time. 7" of snow on them right now.

  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,786
    That's neat! thank you!

  • I live in Ft. Pierce, Florida and humidity is the same here as everywhere else in Florida - high. I store my lump in a large, plastic bin with a lid that seals but isn't air-tight.....The lump stays problems.....fires right up and away she goes.....

    I left this bin uncovered one evening....rained really hard....bin flooded....and had two bags woth of lump floating....Drained off water....laid lump out to dry on piece of plywood that was underneath the overhang of my dried out in a couple of days....and it burned just problems....Seems to me that lump...carbonized wood...isn't as absorbent as charcoal briquettes....and that's because briquettes are comprised of particles...and are more porous......

    Ed McLean
    Ft. Pierce, FL.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,890
    ive had the bag literally rot off the lump leaving a pile, and it still burns fine, damp lump just takes a little while longer to light, thats all, 5-10 minutes. a wet egg is a different story
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