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    After all the coal has gone cold and with gloves on, I just rub it between index finger and thumb until all the dust comes off. If anything remains it goes into the chimney.
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    In my WSM's, I have my charcoal basket wired to the charcoal grate. After the smoker is cold, I grab the basket/grate ***'y, shake and everthing left is used up in my grills. I put new coals in the bottom of the chimney and used on top. I always use new briqs in the WSM's for consistency.

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    If it falls through the (single) coal grate, it gets tossed. Some here use two coal grates to catch even smaller pieces, but pieces that small fall through my starter chimney, so I don't use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty James View Post
    If it falls through the (single) coal grate, it gets tossed. Some here use two coal grates to catch even smaller pieces, but pieces that small fall through my starter chimney, so I don't use them.
    Rusty, put a few new coals on the bottom of the chimney that will keep the small pieces from falling out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Dahl View Post
    Rusty, put a few new coals on the bottom of the chimney that will keep the small pieces from falling out.
    Agreed.

    I use that method for used coals, but wouldn't the tiny pieces salvaged from the two grate method choke down the chimney?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty James View Post
    Agreed.

    I use that method for used coals, but wouldn't the tiny pieces salvaged from the two grate method choke down the chimney?
    That's why I dump lit over the unlit, it's just leftover fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothy View Post
    That's why I dump lit over the unlit, it's just leftover fuel.

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    Seems to me that such small pieces would choke down the chimney. I recall having that problem a time or two.
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    I'm with everyone that reuses charcoal.
    If it doesn't fall through the grate, or out of the bottom of the chimney, I will use it

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    Silly me. I inserted a screen inside the chimney and keep it in place with a couple twists of wire. Just cut up a stainless steel rack with 1/4" square openings to fit your chimney. Try your local Wally World, Dollar General or Good Will for them.
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    Bill, are you talking about hardware cloth? The kind of "small animal pen" kind of mesh. Or something like a cooling rack?
    For years I've just put fresh coal on the bottom and topped with the second firing never had any problems with "sifting" out the bottom.
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