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Old 10-07-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default Dumb Question..Damp Lump Charcoal useable?

Can you dry out and burn lump charcoal that has gotten wet or even a little damp from dew?
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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I see no reason why not. With lump, you have no additives, so it's just wood.

I'll let the experts chime in now...
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:24 PM   #3
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Let it air dry and it will be fine. just dont let it get moldy.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:29 PM   #4
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That happens to me a lot. In the wee hours of the night when I am finally falling down in bed asleep, I KNOW that I've left the fire burning and the bag of lump sitting out by the smoker, open to the air. And I live in north eastern Kansas (not too far from Independence, MO) where there is no lack of dampness.

If you have a garage, set it out there. The dry, cool air will dry it out in no time. Also, if you use a charcoal chimney to ignite it, then all the dampness will be driven off really quickly. It will smoke a lot, but it will burn.

You're OK - go ahead and use it.
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