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Old October 5th, 2007, 10:05 AM
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I've been doing an experiement with my coals the last 2 weeks. Basically I've noticed some of the them doing strange things... quite often in the same bag/batch/roll.

So I did some playing around: opened fresh rolls and new bag of coals - took half put them in dual zip-lock bags and left the other half out as I normally do.

After using some of boh lots, I started noticing about day 3-7 different things and came to the conclusion that air exposure may be causing some of the "issues" with my coals.

The goldens, when first opened, light instantly and ash over in under 1 min. Those left open & exposed to air, even when the foil wrapper is rolled back over them, took longer to light, tended to take longer to ash over and sometimes would break apart when ashing. The ones left in "more airtight" containers sparked as if fresh, ashed faster and didn't break apart.

Hummmm....

Same held true with the Dynimite coals - those keep airtight tended to "shatter" less, not pop when heating, and heat faster.

Next week I'm gonna try the same experiement w/ my SB Naturals and see if they are affected as well.

Reasoning behind this: i think coals that use excellerants to light/heat, the excellerant "lifespan" may be affected and shortened by prolonged contact with air.

Has anyone else noticed any of these effects with their coals?
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Old October 5th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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Default Re: Interesting little tid-bit

Totally notice this with my quicklights, especially when I use to leave them in my garage! The moisture/humidity of Florida really got to them, and would make them a lot more difficult to light.

My Diamantes have always split, since the first day? Oh Well, still work well.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: Interesting little tid-bit

humidity is a b**** on coals and gives these wonderful results. no clue if it does much on naturals since i use a torch on them but noticeable on ql which i now no longer have
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Old October 5th, 2007, 05:37 PM
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Default Re: Interesting little tid-bit

All I use is QL's, when I get them Iopen all of them and put them in ziplock bags. I never had a problem with them before.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 06:08 PM
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Default Re: Interesting little tid-bit

thats exactly what sam was noticing. that ones put in an airtight container (such as a ziplock) are better overall when lighting. leave one of those bags open that has coals and you should notice a difference in how they light up.
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Old October 6th, 2007, 12:44 AM
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Default Re: Interesting little tid-bit

I noticed this exact same thing today! I had these 2 golden coals that i left out, been opened for about 2 weeks. I tried to light one, and it would spark, and then stop. So i had to hold the lighter all around it until all the sparks were gone, and i had fine coal dust all over my hands, and the damn thing shot sparks that hurt like ant bites.
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Old October 6th, 2007, 02:58 AM
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lol you guys have too much time on your hands lol
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Old October 6th, 2007, 03:47 AM
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I noticed that with Vivi coal (naturals). When i first bought them they lit up in 5 mins red hot and no smell of taste at all.
After some time, when exposed to humidity (i dont believe its air), they take up to 10 mins to light up and have a horibble "sweat-like" smell and taste for a long time after lighting up.
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