Making Charcoal

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Making Charcoal

Post by The Czar » November 3rd, 2012, 10:31 am

So Frank and Hot Pants and myself......started making some charcoal from hickory.....more pics to come as the day progresses.....

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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Frank_Cox » November 3rd, 2012, 11:44 am

Lot's of fun! smells great! the funny thing is we are burning Pecan wood to make hickory charcoal :huh:
The hickory was already chunked up tho.....


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Gizmo » November 3rd, 2012, 12:26 pm

You guys are awesome! ...every time I burn pecan all I get is pecan ash... :headwall:


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by The Czar » November 3rd, 2012, 2:31 pm

Here's the update fellas!!!

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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Frank_Cox » November 3rd, 2012, 2:44 pm

awesome pics DC!
Now we are at 5 hour ish mark. the inner barrel is closed up and the Bung is capped. the only open holes are in the bottom of the drum. Now you can see the OutGassing happening. the gasses from the lump are building up pressure inside the inner drum and shooting out the bottom holes. the gasses are then ignited by the fire under the drum and burnt off. really a cool sight to see at night.
Here is a video from the last time I made charcoal.....


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Frank_Cox » November 4th, 2012, 3:45 pm

couple more pics from my phone yesterday during the process.....
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here are some pics from this morning. My son and I went in to check it out....
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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Smokeone » November 4th, 2012, 6:03 pm

Looks like it worked! :beer:


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Rodcrafter » November 4th, 2012, 8:17 pm

That was neat, is it cost effective or is it just fun? :beer:


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Frank_Cox » November 4th, 2012, 8:43 pm

the first time I did it, it was more fun than cost effective. this time tho it took around 10 hours and about 3-20" long by 8" or so thick logs split into 1/8 splits. the yield was 3/4 full 30 gallon drum full of lump. all big chunks.
overall I think it was a lot of fun! :beer:


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Rodcrafter » November 4th, 2012, 8:46 pm

So did you have to mind it the whole time? Or just feed it while you were doing other stuff?


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Frank_Cox » November 4th, 2012, 8:50 pm

we just fed the fire bout once per hour while workin on S1's build and cookin and stuff.


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Tom_Heath » November 4th, 2012, 9:02 pm

speaking of S1's build,,,,,,, have ya got the new plans for the bigger way cooler new smoker builder shop yet. Winters coming and ur gonna have to get that beast indoors soon,


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Frank_Cox » November 4th, 2012, 9:04 pm

yeah, about that lol..... :huh:


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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Smokeone » November 4th, 2012, 9:12 pm

Yeah! :BDHorse:
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Re: Making Charcoal

Post by Lowej82 » September 4th, 2013, 5:40 pm

Nice, ill have to try this as I get a lot of cherry & hickory, some apple



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