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sdbbq1234
10-11-2013, 10:46 PM
I have gone to a few comps this year and it has been really humid or raining. Our charcoal gets damp. It seems like it is really hard to get going, and stay burning at a decent temp or rate. Does anybody else have problems with their charcoal (lump or briquettes) when it is damp?

If so, is there anything I can do to help dry it out, or something along that line?

Or, is it just me and that I can't get a good fire going... :oops:


Thanks.

wallace

Fishin4bass723
10-12-2013, 01:48 AM
:pop2:
Wondering to.........

Garrett
10-12-2013, 05:45 AM
Keep it in sealed storage tubs. Charcoal is used to absorb moisture, those little white packs you put in your gun safe to help keep moisture out is charcoal.

Balls Casten
10-12-2013, 08:00 AM
Back in our tent days ... http://www.lowes.com/pd_235625-55883-00037_0__

big brother smoke
10-12-2013, 08:40 AM
^^^^^I have two in our backyard for lump and one for briquettes. When it rains, the charcoal remains dry and ready fro use.

wags
10-12-2013, 09:09 AM
I keep it inside my car, in plastic five gallon buckets.

Pig Headed
10-12-2013, 09:13 AM
A trash can with lid would work also. That's where I keep mine outside. It also keeps the trash can from blowing away.

musicmanryann
10-12-2013, 09:42 AM
I have an action packer I keep my wood in now. Rugged and pretty waterproof. Last year, charcoal stayed in my truck until I needed it.

sdbbq1234
10-12-2013, 09:59 AM
I have an action packer I keep my wood in now. Rugged and pretty waterproof. Last year, charcoal stayed in my truck until I needed it.

Hate to ask, but what is an action packer?

Thanks.

wallace

caseydog
10-12-2013, 10:13 AM
I have one of these storage boxes on my camper as a tongue box. Even at highway speed in driving rain, not a drop gets inside.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/storage/totesTrunks?productId=10024301&green=81405D0C-70F4-54F3-912F-BABD020CCA7C

It would easily hold 30-40 pounds of briquettes.

CD

Alexa RnQ
10-12-2013, 10:15 AM
I am now really grateful that we apparently don't compete in the rain enough to think about this.

Porcine Perfection
10-12-2013, 10:29 AM
Back in our tent days ... http://www.lowes.com/pd_235625-55883-00037_0__

You can buy a pet food container for about half the price. I just have a dedicated storage tub.

sdbbq1234
10-12-2013, 10:50 AM
I have one of these storage boxes on my camper as a tongue box. Even at highway speed in driving rain, not a drop gets inside.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/storage/totesTrunks?productId=10024301&green=81405D0C-70F4-54F3-912F-BABD020CCA7C

It would easily hold 30-40 pounds of briquettes.

CD

Nice! I like this! I also have a problem keeping fuel dry at home as I do not really have any outdoor storage that is dry enough to keep it dry.

This looks like it might work. Maybe 2 of them.

wallace

dhuffjr
10-12-2013, 01:43 PM
The truck works.

sdbbq1234
10-12-2013, 04:28 PM
The truck works.


Heck, I wish I had a truck big enough. Maybe one day..................

thanks.

wallace

caseydog
10-12-2013, 04:55 PM
Nice! I like this! I also have a problem keeping fuel dry at home as I do not really have any outdoor storage that is dry enough to keep it dry.

This looks like it might work. Maybe 2 of them.

wallace

If I remember to do it tonight, I'll see how many bags of Kingsford I can fit in mine in the bag. I am pretty sure I could get two 20s in there, if I dumped the charcoal out of the bag, into the container. I don't believe they would make it still in the bag.

Here is mine, mounted to my camper tongue. Oh yes, it can be locked up with padlocks, should that be necessary.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=8044

CD

caseydog
10-12-2013, 07:30 PM
Okay, I actually remembered to do this. Here is a two-pack of 20-pound Kingsford blue bag, in my waterproof container. I honestly did not think it would fit, but it fit with room to spare.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=8045

CD

wjwheeler
10-13-2013, 07:28 AM
You can use the oversized zip lock bags or the storage bags that have the valve for using a vac to remove all the air.

Ron_L
10-13-2013, 08:03 AM
Here is mine, mounted to my camper tongue. Oh yes, it can be locked up with padlocks, should that be necessary.


CD

I've been wanting to add a storage bin onto our trailer tongue. How did you secure it to the tongue, CD?

sdbbq1234
10-13-2013, 08:15 AM
Okay, I actually remembered to do this. Here is a two-pack of 20-pound Kingsford blue bag, in my waterproof container. I honestly did not think it would fit, but it fit with room to spare.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=494&pictureid=8045

CD

CD, thanks very much for the pics and info. I am really, really liking this!

wallace

Pole D
10-13-2013, 10:04 AM
One tip I can give you is to get the bags off the ground asap when it rains because if you wait when you lift the bag only the top will come with you. The charcoal will be left behind on the ground.

Not that that has ever happened to me our anything.

sdbbq1234
10-13-2013, 03:46 PM
One tip I can give you is to get the bags off the ground asap when it rains because if you wait when you lift the bag only the top will come with you. The charcoal will be left behind on the ground.

Not that that has ever happened to me our anything.

:shock: sounds like a personal experience there..... :wink:

Most of the problem is just keeping the fuel dry at home, and at comps. Like someone else mentioned, charcoal works really well as a moisture absorbent material.... And after the 4 feet of rain in the past week, all my charcoal bags are like wet paper towels and the fuel inside is just as moist.

wallace

musicmanryann
10-14-2013, 08:17 AM
Hate to ask, but what is an action packer?

Thanks.

wallace

Here you go:

http://www.rubbermaid.com/category/pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=Storage&Prod_ID=RP091427&Redirect=1

Jacked UP BBQ
10-14-2013, 09:18 AM
Great Question

ramtuf6
10-14-2013, 05:30 PM
Rain or shine, my bag of charcoal stays in a trash bag until I'm ready for it. Cooked many times in the rain and never had an issue!