Make Your Own Lump Charcoal

You can make your own charcoal. If you are burning off brush or other stuff anyway, this is an easy way to stock it up.

1. Get a 55 gallon metal drum with a fireproof lid.
2. Choose good split & seasoned wood – cherry, oak, or hickory all work well. Chop into 3-4 inch pieces.
3. Pack drum tightly with wood. Put lid on well enough to stay in place, but don’t make it airtight.
4. Light a bonfire around the drum, adding wood as needed around and on top of drum to keep it burning 3 to 5 hours.
5. Let fire completely burn out and cool down before approaching drum.
6. When you open the lid, you’ll see a fresh batch of pure lump coal.

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