Question about lump charcoal

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by edgeflyer, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. edgeflyer

    edgeflyer Newbie

    Just curious if lump charcoal sits over the winter if it will not burn as long as before or if it is just my imagination.
  2. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've never noticed any difference after they have sat around over the winter. I do notice after a long period of rain, they do tend to absorb a little bit of moisture.
  3. edgeflyer

    edgeflyer Newbie

    I guess that might be it then because for some reason this charcoal that would last for hours from a handfull or two now won't last 10 or 15 minutes
  4. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Getting moisture in it will happen, but that tends to slow down the heat given off, and extend the time it'll burn/smolder until it gets the moisture out of it...
  5. beerguy

    beerguy Fire Starter

    I find all lump charcoal to be less consistant than brikettes (spell?) but I still love it.
  6. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Even if its inside, it can get damp = moisture.
  7. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What Bubba said..........I have found that briquettes are more stable.......But not necessarily the best.

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