It’s good to hear you’ve had a change of heart about keeping the site online. I wasn’t rushing out the door to build a new forum because I felt you might change your mind after reading through comments from the KG supporters. You have a lot of years, blood sweat and tears invested in the KG forum. It’s you’re baby!!!
If you have a copy of Invision’s Commerce as part of your IPS License there’s a paypal linked donation app built-into IPS Commerce with funding goals. You can use “percentage of the goal reached” if you want to keep the numbers private.
Having a fund raising goal publicly will make it easier for everyone to see if the site needs help and additional funding to stay online.
Let's take some pictures for size comparison and a volume measurement. For the size picture that is NOT the entire bag. I dumped a little less than a 5 gallon buckets worth out. Also keep in mind that is the total amount of fines and dust from the bottom of each bag but some bags contained almost twice the amount of lump as other bags so naturally they will have more fines and dust. Also lump varies a good bit between bags of the same type. Sometimes you get a really good bag and sometimes you don't.
For volume measurements I used this box. I measured the inside diameter, did some calculations and cut this box off so it was exactly 2 cubic feet. I then marked the box off in 1/2 a cubic foot measurements. When I poured the lump into the box I shook the box a good bit in an attempt to settle the lump down in the box to get the most accurate measurement. This whole process was very messy and I'm glad this phase is complete.
RO (regular) 15.44 lbs in 1.10 cf (cubic feet)
RO XL Cut - 16 lbs in 1.25 cf
B&B Oak - 20 lbs in 1.15 cf
Cowboy - 15 lbs in 1.15 cf
Rockwood - 20 lbs in 1.5 cf
KJ Big Block - 20 lbs in 1.15 cf
Fogo Premium Black Bag - 17.6 lbs in 1.25 cf
Fogo Super Premium - 17.6 lbs in 1.25 cf
Fogo Marabu - 33 lbs in 1.5 cf
Fogo Quebracho - 35 lbs in 1.75 cf
Fogo Brazilian Eucalyptus - 17.6 lbs in 1.25 cf
Jealous Devil - 35 lbs in 1.9 cf
Komodo Kamado CoffeeChar - 20 lbs in 1.4 cf
For the final picture we have the fines and dust from all 10 bags. It was almost a 5 gallon bucket full and weighed about 11 lbs. No real point to this picture.
For comparison purposes this is the the numbers of lbs per cubic feet listed most to the least. This should give us a basic idea how dense a lump is.
This next small section is my opinions and observations. Your milage may vary.....
If you're looking for XL lump pieces KJ Big Block was the biggest followed closely by Fogo Quebracho then Fogo Super Premium.
There wasn't a big size difference between RO regular and RO XL Cut but there was a lbs per cubic foot difference which leads me to believe they came from different processing facilities or at least different batches.
B&B Oak has a really high lbs per cubic foot considering it was made from American hardwoods. Their website mentions that they put "green" wood into the kilns. From making homemade lump in my backyard I can attest to how difficult it is to get fully carbonized lump if you start with even slightly "green" wood. I'll keep an eye on this idea during the burn tests.
Fogo Marabu was the hardest followed closely by Fogo Quebracho.
A favorite of many people, Rockwood was a bit disappointing in size.
It will be a few weeks before I can start the burn tests. Will update the thread when they start.
Kinda makes you wonder how large the actual lobster was that grew that claw. Wonder if they
caught it near a nuclear power plant. LOL! According to the article in the OP's post, the shell is
half of the total weight.
I finished my table yesterday and installed the grill this morning. Almost two months in the making, but happy with the results. With the exception of the support frame, all redwood construction. The grill sits on four 2" granite squares, which rest on a 19" square granite base. A matching granite inset is on the table itself. Just in time for some final summer barbecuing!
Looks awesome! Gonna have to try this because my wife cooked me some cod fillets in the oven the other day and she spent the next day and a half complaining about the smell. She hates fish and doesn’t eat it so I told her next time I’d cook it outside.
Food snob here! Not that I dislike going out or ordering in, especially during weekdays when I usually have insufficient time to whip up dinner. I have good to great restaurants near me, but I much prefer making dinner for me and my wife (and the occasional guests), for a few reasons.
1 - the quality of ingredients
2 - the amount of sauce - why is everything swimming in a sauce?
3 - the amount of salt - why is everything over-salted?
4 - I find the act of cooking therapeutic
5 - portion control - what’s with the humongous portions?