Ready to give up on Lump

BobJ

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Bought my 1st 2 bags of lump, this happens to be B&B, I'm having nothing but issues trying to get this stuff lit in a Weber large chimney. The chunks are for the most part pretty big, like bigger then 3x3, some are maybe 6x4 limbs. I've tried placing them in the chimney to get them to pack down a bit more but I still end up resorting to a torch after the paper burns away. I have been reusing the left overs from the last cook, mixing in anything over 1"x1".

How do you folks get yours to light?
 

JKalchik

TVWBB All-Star
<shrug> I light B+B all the time in a large Weber chimney, a double wide sheet of newsprint wadded up below the screen with a couple of squirts of vegetable oil. The only time that I have had problems is when I have an excessive amount of fines and small pieces, or if it's noticably damp. In 10-20 minutes, I've got a load of hot coals.
 

BobJ

TVWBB Super Fan
There must be something wrong with this bag. I dumped the chimney shown above, 10 min later I started some roadside ckn, after 35 min more the fire is down to 250 according to the lid thermometer.

I moved everything over to the Genny. I'll try the other bag but this one goes to the dump.
 

John K BBQ

TVWBB Fan
The thing I don't like about lump is the huge variation in size. I started sorting the pieces out and breaking up the bigger chunks to avoid the tetris game that Dustin refers to, which seems to help with consistent lighting and get a more even temperature across the cooker. Basically if I see a piece of lump longer than my palm is wide, I break it.

That's weird how you got a "dud" bag. I've never had that experience. I have used B&B briquettes, but never lump. I'm not a big fan of the B&B briquettes due to the strange colors I saw in the charcoal after my cooks. My go to lump is Royal Oak or Rockwood, I have not had issues with either.
 

BobJ

TVWBB Super Fan
Maybe it got wet at some point. All I know for sure is I don't want to hassle with it. I've used the bag 4 times so far, none of which started nicely. This is the only time I had low temp from it, this is also the only time I spread the coals over the whole grill as opposed to using the basket/s.

I have 3 bags of briquettes, those I know how to use.
 

JKalchik

TVWBB All-Star
Sizing issues are up to the manufacturer, and how well it's screened before bagging. Smalls & fines should be sent to briquette manufacturing, large chunks should be broken down.

I stopped using Royal Oak lump after I got better than a 1 lb. chunk of clinker in the bag, and RO flat out did not care.
 

BFletcher

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I find this humorous for a reason that won't make sense to you normal members. I smoke and grill at our walkout basement 10X12 pad, above which is our deck. It's the perfect structure for having erected an overhead tarp suspended by an ad hoc PVC frame and enables me to cook outdoors at 0-100*f, rain, snow, or shine. After 3 years of KBB, exclusively, I was ready for some lump. After my first lump fire, I was left with half a dozen pinholes in the tarp, which I didn't discover until the next downpour. So I bought a bicycle tire tube to patch those holes but I would love to try some lump again. I keep pondering a span of aluminum foil or tin across the PVC frame as a workaround. Now it's on my list again :)
 

J Grotz

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I find this humorous for a reason that won't make sense to you normal members. ... :)
Normal members??? We have normal members??? Who are they???

I'm having nothing but issues trying to get this stuff lit in a Weber large chimney.
Don't use a chimney. Make a pile of lump in your kettle. Stick a starter cube or two into the middle of the pile (I use the Weber cubes). Light the cube(s). See the first method in this video:
 

BobJ

TVWBB Super Fan
Now that's worth a shot, I have a box of starter cubes. Been using a chimney for so long I didn't think about not using one.

I wonder if the Black Diamond, is a uniform as the video makes it look , or if it's more like a McDonald's commercial where what you see is not what you get? My B&B sure doesn't look like that.
 

MikeCantell

TVWBB Super Fan
Bought a big bag of lump years ago when I got my performer and wasn't impressed, it popped a lot and put embers on the food I was grilling, ended up using 1/2 a bag before I give up and finished it on my offset smoker. been straight briquets ever since. And I have been happy enuf that I haven't needed to search for something better,
 

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