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PimpSmoke
08-24-2010, 07:26 PM
I have used Sam's Choice Briquettes for years and my cooker eats 'em up like a fat kid eats cake. Along with splits it burns like a WSM.

This weekend, I had issues, bad. I couldn't keep my cooker up to temp to save my life. I found out later in the morning that it was because my fire basket was getting choked with ash. This has never been an issue for me.

Reason I'm posting is, my boss bought a bag of K at the same store I got the Sam's last week and said he couldn't get his kettle hot to save his life.

What are the odds that this particular store had ALL their charcoal get wet and just let it dry and sold it??

I want to get good burns and if I have to switch fuel I will, but the Sam's stuff is sooo cheap and that's important when you cook on a fuel hog.

Anyone else experience this?

Rub
08-24-2010, 07:37 PM
I believe it happens. I used to be a big user of Sam's Choice myself, and most of the time it was good. But every once in a while I'd get bags that seemed as though they had taken on moisture. I'm not sure they ever got directly rained on, but I bet they were stored outside in the covered garden area. I imagine the moisture in the air on rainy days and nights can screw things up enough to cause problems. That's my guess anyway. :wink:

luckyduk
08-24-2010, 08:10 PM
it is odd this came up.....I built a UDS for my dad which lives in Kansas, he bought his frontier lump from sam's and said he cannot get the UDS over 250-275 for chicken. I just had got done using a bag of frontier and had no problems at all, actually I thought it burned a little hotter than ro or fire king!!
I told him maybe it was the lump, he bought a bag of fire king from somewhere else and said he has no problems now:crazy::crazy:

could be the age of it also, maybe the older it is the more moisture it has taken on???:confused:

PimpSmoke
08-24-2010, 08:25 PM
it is odd this came up.....I built a UDS for my dad which lives in Kansas, he bought his frontier lump from sam's and said he cannot get the UDS over 250-275 for chicken. I just had got done using a bag of frontier and had no problems at all, actually I thought it burned a little hotter than ro or fire king!!
I told him maybe it was the lump, he bought a bag of fire king from somewhere else and said he has no problems now:crazy::crazy:

could be the age of it also, maybe the older it is the more moisture it has taken on???:confused:

While I appreciate your comment and think it is a good point I will say; this store goes through a coupla pallets a week, this I know. No way it was stale from the store point. AT LEAST THAT I CAN SEE. The point about the outside storage is interesting though.

So, distribution problem or has the Sam's Briqs changed to a different formula (read another supplier besides RO)?

Coz
08-24-2010, 08:28 PM
Bryan, once I got to temp friday my cooker was ok.But it took way longer then normal and the recovery was not as quick.It may have been the air ?

PimpSmoke
08-24-2010, 08:32 PM
Bryan, once I got to temp friday my cooker was ok.But it took way longer then normal and the recovery was not as quick.It may have been the air ?

My neighbors (In Da Smoke) had the same theory. They were convinced that the humidity was causing my ash to plump and thus causing air flow problems.

Fuel was dry so maybe this was a big part of it?

Coz
08-24-2010, 08:33 PM
Firsr DeForest contest I had issues with the old clone and its all I could figure out.

mjl
08-24-2010, 09:39 PM
Seems that old clone got plenty hot on the way home.

ML

Coz
08-24-2010, 09:46 PM
Seems that old clone got plenty hot on the way home.

ML

That was on the way home from the Falls contest. Rest in Peace