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Old 07-21-2022, 04:28 PM   #1
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Had a hickory tree fall over back in the winter. So I decided to try my hand at making some lump charcoal. Check back tomorrow and weíll see how it turned out.
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Old 07-21-2022, 04:30 PM   #2
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This will be cool. In for the results.
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Old 07-21-2022, 04:32 PM   #3
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at what point do you snuff it out? I guess before it all burn up?
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Old 07-21-2022, 04:51 PM   #4
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Probaly about right
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:31 PM   #5
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:36 PM   #6
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:51 PM   #7
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:57 PM   #8
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Put the last load on. Once it gets burnt on the outside, Iíll put the lid on and cover up the vent holes at the bottom. By tomorrow morning, it should be cooled down where I can dump it and sack it, or in my case, fill up some 5 gallon buckets.
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Old 07-21-2022, 07:02 PM   #9
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Was you supposed to pull the bark off before charring? I only asked because I aint never seen bark on lump charcoal.
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Old 07-21-2022, 07:19 PM   #10
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The bark should burn off completely...traditional mesquite / mexican carbon is like charcoal. I would guess it's burnt down about 50% & then put out w/ water & then cracked up into pieces.
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Old 07-21-2022, 07:19 PM   #11
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Was you supposed to pull the bark off before charring? I only asked because I aint never seen bark on lump charcoal.
Being that this wood has been dead for a few months, it burns off pretty quickly.
I have some post oak Iím going to try out next. Got several logs already season. Just need to cut into smaller pieces. This barrel is only a 20-30 gallon.
Need to get my hands on some mesquite wood too!! This is my favorite wood to grill with.
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Old 07-21-2022, 08:02 PM   #12
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never new how this was made. im interested.
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Old 07-21-2022, 08:17 PM   #13
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Thereís an ol boy on here that is a member of the D&D charcoal family, and also an employee. His username escapes me, but I bet he could offer some info on the subject.


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Old 07-21-2022, 08:25 PM   #14
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Pretty cool stuff. Saw on the TV show Mountain Men, a guy made charcoal. The secret (TV secret) was to choke out all oxygen. That was his struggle at one point. I keep the Kingsford Folks in business. Cheap charcoal never last and homemade would be cool!! Wish I had time to experiment.
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Old 07-21-2022, 08:54 PM   #15
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You sure it isnít B&B?? I remember somebody saying he was a member here.
That is what Iíve buying when I can find it. Bought the last bag that the Franklin supermarket had and havenít seen any since. That was a couple weeks ago.
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Old 07-21-2022, 09:05 PM   #16
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You sure it isnít B&B?? I remember somebody saying he was a member here.
That is what Iíve buying when I can find it. Bought the last bag that the Franklin supermarket had and havenít seen any since. That was a couple weeks ago.

It is B&B, thanks.


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Old 07-21-2022, 09:06 PM   #17
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I think it is Txoutdoorsman24
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Old 07-21-2022, 09:10 PM   #18
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Gonna have to try this. Thanx, Sqiggy.
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Old 07-22-2022, 08:03 AM   #19
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What are the advantages of using charcoal for cooking? I frequently grill over a wood fire at the house. Seems to always be a steady supply of limbs blown down in the yard.
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Old 07-22-2022, 09:20 AM   #20
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Old 07-22-2022, 10:15 AM   #21
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What are the advantages of using charcoal for cooking? I frequently grill over a wood fire at the house. Seems to always be a steady supply of limbs blown down in the yard.
For me, itís a flame vs coals.
When I use just wood, I have to let it burn down to coals or I end up burning some of the meat cause I canít control the flames.
When I have just a bed of coals, I donít really have to worry about flames unless Iím cooking burgers. Usually the grease coming off will cause a flame up. That, I can deal with.
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Old 07-22-2022, 10:25 AM   #22
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For me, itís a flame vs coals.

When I use just wood, I have to let it burn down to coals or I end up burning some of the meat cause I canít control the flames.

When I have just a bed of coals, I donít really have to worry about flames unless Iím cooking burgers. Usually the grease coming off will cause a flame up. That, I can deal with.
That makes sense. Thanks

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Old 07-22-2022, 10:49 AM   #23
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how did it turn out?
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Old 07-22-2022, 10:51 AM   #24
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Well, for my first time, didnít turn out to bad. Got a little over a 5 gallon bucket.
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Some of the bigger pieces needed a little longer to burn. Iíll run them back thru on this next batch.
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Old 07-22-2022, 10:52 AM   #25
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Not quite done!!
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Old 07-22-2022, 11:23 AM   #26
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Neat, May need to try this
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Old 07-22-2022, 11:33 AM   #27
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Old 07-22-2022, 01:25 PM   #28
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Need to get my hands on some mesquite wood too!! This is my favorite wood to grill with.
I have a bunch that you can come get. Most will need to be cut from the tree - dead limbs and a full tree, so you can wait until it cools off some before you come over. I'm in Branchville.
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Old 07-22-2022, 03:21 PM   #29
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I have a bunch that you can come get. Most will need to be cut from the tree - dead limbs and a full tree, so you can wait until it cools off some before you come over. I'm in Branchville.
Thatís great!!
Iíll get with ya later on it.
Thanks!!!
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Old 07-22-2022, 03:36 PM   #30
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Did a tour at Jack Daniels and they make their own charcoal. If I remember correctly they used sugar maple that was soaked in their fresh, unaged distillate and lit on fire. I believe they only have to do it about once a month, and I was lucky enough (per the guide) that I got to witness the fire being put out. It would have been neat to see the fire at all, but even neater to see it extinguished with a big ol hose. The guy who did it at that time had been there for a while and could do it by "feel".
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Old 07-22-2022, 11:05 PM   #31
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Someone page me . Iíve been watching this thread.
D-Mo you are correct. Wifeís family owned the business until early last year when it sold to Duraflame, I was just never an employee.
From my limited knowledge on making charcoal, you did it correct Squiggy. It definitely ainít rocket science. Burn it thru, choke out the fuel (air) and let it cool off.
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Old 07-23-2022, 10:40 AM   #32
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Someone page me . Iíve been watching this thread.
D-Mo you are correct. Wifeís family owned the business until early last year when it sold to Duraflame, I was just never an employee.
From my limited knowledge on making charcoal, you did it correct Squiggy. It definitely ainít rocket science. Burn it thru, choke out the fuel (air) and let it cool off.


That explains the lower quality of the newer B&B pellets.


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Old 07-23-2022, 10:51 AM   #33
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I havenít noticed lower quality, just lower in quantity.
I used to be able to buy at Wally World, Academyís, and any grocery store. And Iím talking about the big yellow bags (mesquite).
Now, Iím lucky if I see it at my local supermarket where they used to have plenty of it. Only place Iíve been able to find it in Bryan/College Station is Krogers and they only have the small bags.
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Old 07-23-2022, 10:53 AM   #34
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Made up another batch yesterday evening. It turned out better than the first one.
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I havenít noticed lower quality, just lower in quantity.
I used to be able to buy at Wally World, Academyís, and any grocery store. And Iím talking about the big yellow bags (mesquite).
Now, Iím lucky if I see it at my local supermarket where they used to have plenty of it. Only place Iíve been able to find it in Bryan/College Station is Krogers and they only have the small bags.
Unfortunately we have heard these things a few times now that things are different. Totally different systems in place with duraflame
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Made up another batch yesterday evening. It turned out better than the first one.
Thatís looks pretty darn good
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Old 07-23-2022, 08:20 PM   #37
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I need to take the time to figure this operation out! It would save me so much money. I have enough scraps from the sawmill around here that I would have an endless supply.
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:45 PM   #38
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Fired up the grill for the first time using my homemade charcoal. Almost ready for some wings and legs.
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Old 08-05-2022, 08:21 PM   #39
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That's really cool! Thanks for sharing
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Old 08-05-2022, 08:25 PM   #40
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Just when I didn't need one more thing to add on my "Try it Out Plate"
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Old 08-05-2022, 08:38 PM   #41
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I have made my own by using water to drown out the coals. At the ranch when I had a big bed of coals left after cooking supper. I decided to spray some water on the fire to drown it out. Came back the next weekend and decided to hit the dried out coals with a pear burner. Instant coals ready for cooking.
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Old 08-05-2022, 09:14 PM   #42
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Cooked up some wings and legs. Turned out great and fire was still hot.
What I noticed most of all, it didnít take long at all to have a bed of coals ready to cook. I wonít be buying another bag of charcoal.
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Old 08-05-2022, 09:16 PM   #43
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Gonna have to try this soon
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