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  1. #1
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    Default Homemade Oak Lump

    I've been wanting to try this for over a year now since I saw fishfire's thread: http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showt...ight=made+lump. And instructions on the Naked Whiz site. Both call for making a kiln out of a big drum and a small drum. Small (30gal) goes inside the big(55 gal). Both call for lots of hardwood.

    The hardwood is easy to come by at the Shoots' place. I got oak all over the place. And a 55 gal, heck I've had one sittin' here rusting for two years. What I can't find is a 30 gal. drum at a reasonable price (like free). I don't want to spend a buncha money on something to burn in. I'm tryin' to make charcoal to save money.

    Well I did some more lookin' around on the web and found this site for makin' lump with just one drum. Cool!

    http://www.saveourskills.com/lump-charcoal

    Read the notes and watched the videos and decided to give it a shot.

    So here's how it went:



    Here's the drum with holes I made in the bottom.

    Then I dug a shallow pit big enough that when the drum was placed over it, the holes would not be covered with earth. Also I dug a short channel from one edge of the pit for an air intake.



    Then I went and hacked up some oak.







    Next, I placed the drum over the pit leaving the air intake channel open. Also I packed dirt around the bottom seam of the drum to prevent any air from getting in except by the channel.



    Then built a small fire in the barrel using smaller sticks for kindling.



    A few minutes after this pic, I piled the oak chunks on top. I did it quickly so as not to light the whole mess on fire. All those chunks sort of smothered the fire enough to keep it from blazing, but not put it out. Then put the lid on kinda crooked so as to let out smoke.



    And man, was there a lot of thick white smoke!



    Jeeze, I hope I don't get busted! There is a burn ban here. But I knew I could do this safely, and it would be contained. That much smoke made me nervous. Somebody might report me.

    Anyway, this white smoke deal was supposed to last 2-3 hours. Then it would subside and turn more blue. That's your cue that the chunks are starting to burn, so you close it all up for 18 hrs. or so. Mine lasted just over an hour. I approached the drum and heard the crackle inside so I shut 'er down.



    Put dirt into the channel, and bolted the ring in place.





    Well, now it's just a waiting game. The worst thing I could do at this point is to open the drum while there is any heat at all left inside. Getting air in there would cause it all to catch fire. We don't want to burn it all before it turns to coal. I'm gonna be patient and wait at least 18 hrs or so. The guy in the vid waited 24. We'll see.

    Well thanks for stoppin' by. Wish me luck and come see me tomorrow afternoon!
    "Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken."
    Tom, smoker of meats and fine cigars
    UDS, Vicking grill


  2. #2
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    I saw that video awhile ago if you have luck with this I am gonna follow you down the trail.
    Be kind to me, it's not my fault I'm a "PORK-A-HOLIC"!!
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    I've been wanting to try since the video myself but we can't burn here at all untill November for 1 day and them April for 1 day! Looks like you will have some great lump by the size of those chunks! Looking forward to finnished pix!

  4. #4
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    Pretty cool Tom. If it works out good can you send me a pallet or two of it?


    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzwinder View Post
    I've been wanting to try since the video myself but we can't burn here at all untill November for 1 day and them April for 1 day! Looks like you will have some great lump by the size of those chunks! Looking forward to finnished pix!
    Local burning ordinance?

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    This proves you are a Q'oholic! Looking forward to the rest of story.

  6. #6
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    Thanks for sharing the pics and the process. Can't wait to see the finished results.

    It looks so damn easy I might have to try it too.
    FBJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokyOkie View Post
    Pretty cool Tom. If it works out good can you send me a pallet or two of it?




    Local burning ordinance?
    Yes Tim, it's a local ordinance that stinks because people two blocks away can burn anything and any time they wish! I live kinda on the edge of the community so I'm at the mercy of the Fire Marshal when it comes to burning, never a problem with the drum smoking away or the small fire box on the patio but let some thick smoke roll and here come the boyz with a ticket!

  8. #8
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    When you use green wood it does take more time because you have to get all the moisture burnt off. I have not had any problems with long cooks and the temps hold steady. Put some in the drum and try it will work good.

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  9. #9
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    Thanks for the great pictorial. I've been reading on this myself trying to decide if it's worth trying to do a time or two.

    You mentioned having access to hardwood. It's been mentioned a time or two in what I've found, that when making your own lump this way, hardwood isn't required. One post (which I've been trying to find again--forgot to bookmark it) went so far as to say that any wood (even pine) would work, as the resin or whatever we don't normally want burns off in the process of turning it charcoal.

    Anybody have any experience with this idea?
    UDS #2
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  10. #10
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    Think I answered my own question. Digging around the web, the only references I can now find to using pine is on blacksmithing & fireworks sites...
    UDS #2
    RUDS #3
    Weber one-touch
    Magic Chef fridge smoker

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