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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default Charcoal management ???

Haven't seen this discussed before, although I haven't been around very long.

How do you guys clean and reuse your coals after a smoke???

Me, I have a 5 gallon bucket, a screen mesh, and leather gloves and just kinda rub and move the coals around to knock the ash off. Works sorta good but is there another way??? I use the 5 gallon bucket to pour the watery residue from my drum as the ash absorbs the water.
OK now, what are your ways to manage used coals????

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Unread 10-21-2009, 08:12 PM   #2
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I dump the coal basket in the yard then pick up the good pieces. All that is left in the yard get mowed over. Is this not the proper way?
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Unread 10-21-2009, 08:16 PM   #3
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I just take my basket out to the lawn and pick it up and set it down a few times to let the ash drop.. I've never had any watery residue..
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Umm I kind of just pick up the charcoal grate and make all shake it a little bit so the good ones stay on and the burned up ones fall through. I'm supposed to clean them somehow? I only recently realised that I could re use the stuff don't know why I never thought of it before. Before the only stuff I re used was lump that didn't burn all the way or much at all. Now I reuse everything till it's completely gone which has improved my efficiency by 4 fold, thanks to this site.

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Shake it out in the yard. This is good for the soil!
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I take my Charcoal Baskets to the edge of the yard and Shake them Violently until all the Ash falls off and then add to it and I'm good to go...
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If all you guys are doing is just shaking the ash off you're not cleaning them enough. I put mine in the dishwasher and let it run overnight. haha j/k.
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That explains the heavy white smoke I see in Oakland. I am a shake and bake kinda guy, just rattle em around in the basket.
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Charcoal basket over the garbage and shake for several seconds. I then take a few handfuls to the starter and use that to start a new fire.
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Out with the old and in with the new, I never use old coals; unpredictable results.
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Out with the old and in with the new, I never use old coals; unpredictable results.
I agree that reused coals are unpredictable at best. I reuse whatever I can.
I keep them in a sealed bucket and add about a rate of 3 to 1 new to used

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I agree that reused coals are unpredictable at best. I reuse whatever I can.
I keep them in a sealed bucket and add about a rate of 3 to 1 new to used

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I have been reusing my coals in my smokey joe, but I do tend to use all new in the SS UDS.

I was just curious on what everone did. Thanks for the replys.

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I agree that reused coals are unpredictable at best. I reuse whatever I can.
I keep them in a sealed bucket and add about a rate of 3 to 1 new to used

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Interesting point. I usually use my left-overs as part of the initial buurn to get the pit up to temp. When I start cooking its unburned sticks only
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I just dump my new lit charcoal on top of the old coals after I shake the ashes off. Works great and no weird temp spikes.
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I just wait till the wind is blowing in the direction of the a**h*le across the street then shake the baskets and dump the ashes into the trash hopper!
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