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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2011 - 09:08 PM

Does anyone here do it?
What's involved?

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 07:13 AM

never done it before....

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM

Member Chuck makes his own charcoal. I think he has a thread posted here in the cooking forum. He doesn't have internet at home so it will be Monday till he can post from work. He does bbq cook offs so he has a good bit of experience with making charcoal.
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Posted April 03, 2011 - 08:41 AM

I'm no pro cook, so I get mine from a bag. I wouldn't dream of making my own. I watched "Dirty Jobs" when they showed the large scale process! lol

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 09:24 AM

Did a bunch of googling, and this setup/proceedure makes sense.

Charcoal

I've got a ton of scrap to burn from my sawmill, and we buy alot of charcoal for smoking/BBQ'g.

Gonna give this a try.

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 10:01 AM

That is a neat process. If you can, pictures of your progress would be very interesting. Good luck.

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 12:46 AM

I would think that there is a simpler way than that one.
I never considered doing it myself, we get natural chunk real cheap from the amish.
I do know this though, do not use pine, or any other evergreen!!!

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 06:52 AM

I do know this though, do not use pine, or any other evergreen!!!



That's what I kinda thought, but from researching on the net, it seems like there
are plenty of folks using pine. Even as a kid, everyone knows not to use
a pine branch for the marshmellows. The pitch tastes awefull.
I was going to use my pine slabs for the fire, but make cherry and oak charcoal.

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 08:11 AM

Yeah I make my own.
here is a thread with pictures and videos.
http://gardentractor...g-charcoal-746/

I'll be happy to help anyway I can.

One warning: when making charcoal it is very easy to singe off arm hair, eyebrows, and eye lashes. so be careful.
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Posted April 05, 2011 - 12:06 PM

Yeah I make my own.
here is a thread with pictures and videos.
http://gardentractor...g-charcoal-746/

I'll be happy to help anyway I can.

One warning: when making charcoal it is very easy to singe off arm hair, eyebrows, and eye lashes. so be careful.


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Yes, I plan on being carefull.
Don't want to end up looking like Uncle Leo from Seinfeld (may he rest in peace)

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Posted April 09, 2011 - 10:18 PM

well I was going to tell you to checkout some blacksmithing sites, since many use charcoal.
But I see You aand Chuck pretty well have this nailed!
It's an interesting subject, but no more charcol that I use, I'll stick with buying Royal Oak at Walmart.
I do have to say Barbeque and smoked meats are much better over chunk charcoal c0mpared to Briqettes,
I do want to hear how your trials work out though!!

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Posted May 12, 2011 - 07:28 PM

First off cool topic! Never heard of it before this. Second you guys are making me hungry. And lastly, did you ever do it Sherwood?




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