Lump charcoal question

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by pheinzman, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. pheinzman

    pheinzman Newbie

    I'm using lump charcoal for the first time today and I notice when I had it in the chimney starter and it was flaming up, this black tar-like goo was oozing out of one of the holes.

    After I'd put the coals in the smoker, it looked like one of the lumps had stuck to the hole.

    Is this normal?
  2. someguy

    someguy Newbie

    NO that's not normal. what type of lump did you use?
  3. pheinzman

    pheinzman Newbie

    I got it from GFS. I wonder if there was a hunk of plastic in there. Whatever it was, it stayed in the chimney starter.
  4. pheinzman

    pheinzman Newbie

    I looked and everything seems ok. It could even have been something stuck to the newspaper I used to start it, I suppose. The ash it left behind had an orange appearance and was very fragile. The smoke smells fine.
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nope, not normal, sounds like yall got a piece a plastic in yer bag, I'd just kinda keep an eye out fer anymore as ya use it up. Long as the smoke smells fine yall should be ok.

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