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Unread 08-10-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Can charcoal and lump go bad? What I did was save my 1/2 basket of fuel from last cook. (Uds) twice now.
Last time I shook off ash, mixed in new char,& lump. Worked fine first time. This time (maybe me) but it smells funny after firing up. Kinda like an old campfire. :puck
I plan to let it burn for hr or so. Do you think that it will go away? Or should I just snuff it & start over ?:banghead:
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Sometimes charcoal will develop mold if left damp for too long. It wood probably be better to start over with new charcoal. (I hate that smell)
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Didn't think of that . Was thinking maybe old drippings. It has been a wk. Since last cook
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1 1/2 hrs in now the smell ain't there so I"ll put on fatties. I got 4. Let's see hoow that goes
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I've had lump get kind of stale on me after reusing the leftover for a couple/few cooks. I was told that it could absorb moisture from the ambient air. I found it difficult to light without mixing in some fresh stuff with the old lump. Worked fine after that.
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Yeah prolly just a combination of old drippings and moisture, I add new stuff to the old stuff all the time and never have any probs...
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It won't go bad but it will go soft and moist. Partially burning it like that turns it into more of a sponge than it was before. You don't ever wanna keep that stuff in a moist environment obviously, but once it's charred up the humidity from the air is like misting it with a hose when it's fresh.

So I guess, it can be bad, lmao yeah. But it hasn't soured or anything. Of course, if you're using Kingsford Blue and talking about this, you're gonna get a whoooole slew of people that tell you the ol' Boy Blue is the devil, fueling Hell with an ammonia smell and taste to the food.
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Yea its kb & ro lump. It straightend up. Smelt fine I got food going. And left uds to do it work . I'm an hr drive from it now.


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I've opened up a bag of charcoal I hadn't seen since last year. It had gotten damp and had mold growing all over it. Smelled awful when I fired it up....
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Hold on a second! You're cooking fattys on a UDS, they've already been on for about 2 hours, and you are currently an hour drive away from the UDS?



I fear they're toast. Unless you have someone watching and pulling them off.
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No took fatties off. Put on 2 butts, had a roast to add when I got back.
Turned out ok. No pron tho.sorry
That thing burned all day & at 8 am the next morn . It was still at 150 wow I prob could of done anouther one
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