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Garrett 01-29-2013 09:07 AM

Got my first batch of homemade charcoal going
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I had to start the process last night because I had to get the wife to the airport this morning for business trip to NY city. Wanted to get started as soon as I got back this morning. Sorry if pictures ain't good all I have is an I phone. So hear we go, last night I split and filled the 30 gal barrel with pecan. And had that barrel sitting on a bucket raised off the ground.Attachment 75080Attachment 75081

This was to make it easier getting it to sit flush with bottom of 55 gal barrel. Then it was a little tricky but i got the two flipped over.IAttachment 75082

Then this morning started filling around the the barrels with scraps from splitting and some bark and broken limbs, used leaves and pine needles to fill in voids.Attachment 75083Attachment 75084

Got a small fire going on top and then put on the lid and stack and few blocks to help hold things down.
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Thanks for looking and bareing with me on quality of my posting ability. I will update things as they progress today good or bad. Wish me luck!!

gtr 01-29-2013 09:30 AM

Pix are fine - keep 'em coming! Looking forward to the progrees - I'm jealous! :thumb:

bluetang 01-29-2013 09:33 AM

Nothing wrong with that!

PaPaQ 01-29-2013 09:35 AM

Good Luck!

Bludawg 01-29-2013 09:43 AM

I like it! Is that a R/F Chargriller outlaw I see:confused:

rexbbq 01-29-2013 09:51 AM

Looks great to me. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Garrett 01-29-2013 09:58 AM

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Ok I got things under control now . I think anyway. Wasn't gettin much of a draft so I took handy dandy cutting torch and blew some holes around the top of barrel. It's sounds like a small jet engine now.Attachment 75088

Garrett 01-29-2013 10:01 AM


Originally Posted by Bludawg (Post 2346268)
I like it! Is that a R/F Chargriller outlaw I see:confused:

Good eye!! You are correct. I realy like it but dont use it much anymore.

TIMMAY 01-29-2013 11:39 AM

That is pretty cool!! I wish I had a handy dandy cutting torch for times like that. I bet you didnt even have to stop your burn or take it apart to do that huh.

jestridge 01-29-2013 01:48 PM

I ran a 3/4 copperpipe from the lid to the heat source which give you extra heat as the gas burn Look like too much exhaust in my opinion

Garrett 01-29-2013 01:55 PM

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The fire burned out now. Just waiting on things to cool off. The suspense is killing. I may have farked up. I thought more was going to be better and I think the pine needles and leaves I used to fill in voids may clogged it a little from drafting. Oh well, if it didn't work, it will just be a learning process. Should know shortly.Attachment 75096

Garrett 01-29-2013 01:59 PM


Originally Posted by jestridge (Post 2346543)
I ran a 3/4 copperpipe from the lid to the heat source which give you extra heat as the gas burn Look like too much exhaust in my opinion

Thanks for advice. This is my first time trying this. If it don't work out I do plan cutting a little off the stack. Do you have any pics of the copper pipe that you want to share?

BobBrisket 01-29-2013 02:05 PM

I see what you did now. Took me a while to figure it out. So you burned off the needles, etc as a way to get the logs to start smoldering also?
Was there a way for the flames, fire to get up under the barrel with the logs and therefore get those to start burning and smoldering also?
I'm curious with the results too.
Cool set up!

Bbq Bubba 01-29-2013 02:10 PM

Im going to guess you just have overheated wood inside the barrel.

Looking forward to seeing the results.

Garrett 01-29-2013 03:52 PM

As bad as I hate to admit it, looks like Bbq Bubba was right. Just a bunch of farking hot wood. I will not give up, I'm gonna make charcoal dang it. I'm going to make a few changes now and try it again. Right after I clean up my mess. I will investigate and report back. Making changes now!

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