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BiggerBear
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Anybody make their own charcoal?
Had a hickory fall on the edge of my property and have been making charcoal out of it. My last batch came out a little "undercooked' with the interior of the charcoal still being unburnt wood. Has anyone used this sort of "not-completely-cooked" charcoal? How did it turn out? Hickory is so strong I'm wondering whether it is somthing I can use cuts that I might not want to be careful about the amount of smoke I put into the cook.


Tiger Ryno
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
I'm a mesquite man.


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Boston911
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
I have tried it but it a lot of work Key to it is not using big pieces


tigers1956
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
I had a big pecan limb fall in my yard...I cut it into small pieces and throw it on top of store bought charcoal when I bbq...even though I prefer mesquite it's a nice change of pace...


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sleepytime
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
I tried it a few times but it was too much effort for what you get out of it. What I do now is throw wood chunks(free from cutting firewood) on the green egg right when I'm done and shut the air off. It's not quite as charred through like lump charcoal but it stretches out the lump charcoal and adds a little more flavor.


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cable
Member since Oct 2018
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
I have a pretty large firepit where I burn oak logs. There is always some charcoal left over the next day and I've used it on my Weber with pretty good success.


Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
When I burn good wood in my fire pit which aint often I always check the next morning and pick out soem charcoal the chunks that are light are the charcoal the heavy chunks are charred wood. I throw them in a bucket I keep in the shed and use them to supplement my lump charcoal or if I have enough I use it straight. I have done this with oak and pecan to good effect. Making it on purpose is far too much trouble for the yield. What I do is sorta a by product of what I do anyways and a good way to see if ya like it.


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sml71
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
I’ve never intentionally made charcoal. From what I understand of the process, it’s just too much trouble when you can just go get a bag at the store for cheap.


BiggerBear
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re: Anybody make their own charcoal?
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I’ve never intentionally made charcoal. From what I understand of the process, it’s just too much trouble when you can just go get a bag at the store for cheap.


If you have small and large metal drum its pretty easy. Here is the method I used.

Youtube Video


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