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#1 dlking59

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 12:33 AM

I bought a 5 CF bag of ERC bedding. I am curious to know approximately how much charcoal I will get from this 5CF bag ie how many pounds or volume Thanks



#2 Arthur

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 03:55 AM

Well willow sticks as cut from the tree usually yield about 10% of their weight as charcoal, Willow sticks as dried for fire kindling usually yield about 25% of their weight as charcoal.



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Posted 18 November 2018 - 01:59 PM

10-12% yield is what I usually get from ERC shavings. I get around 18% from sumac.
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 05:53 PM

10-12% yield is what I usually get from ERC shavings. I get around 18% from sumac.

is this weight or volume

I read some where to let shavings cook down then open and add more shavings. This doesn't sound correct to me. Any thoughts or help on cooking procedure.

Thanks to you guys for your answers/help



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Posted 18 November 2018 - 06:20 PM

No, as soon as the burn has progressed to the bottom of the TLUD you cap off all air and let that batch cool and completely extinguish. I use gallon cans at present and have 4 so I can rotate them through the process. It goes pretty quickly.
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 06:40 PM

ok thanks I found more info/videos on the TLUD method and that is what I'm gone to try



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:25 AM

Use charcoal.



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Posted 11 December 2018 - 01:33 PM

Great advice, thank you captain obvious. 

 

Use charcoal.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:39 AM

With dry pine pellets i get 23 - 25% charcoal by weight (TLUD method).






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