It is good to have connections. You never know which interaction in your life will bring about good fortune. My co-worker "Big E" said his wife's aunts cousins nephews brother-in-law said he knew a lady that could make a call and i would end up with copious amounts of the good stuff- Lump Charcoal, really cheap!!! So after a two hour ride we pulled in to one of the shadiest warehouses i have ever had the pleasure of entering. Those big fancy computerized warehouses with robots and guys dressed in uniforms kind of scare me. This place would be the diametric opposite of that type of experience.
The warehouse's signage would be considered modest by most standards, slightly larger than a post-it. But this was the place. The "Big E" went inside and i headed to the loading dock and laced up the cleats. Well "Big E" comes around the corner with a big smile and asks "How much Charcoal fits in a Subaru?" I was about to answer when the forklift came around the corner. My original answer changed into "I guess we are gonna find out". Well now I can tell you the exact amount of charcoal that fits into a Subaru. 30 bags x 20lbs= 600lbs + 6'5 280lbs and 5'7 230lbs= 1110 lbs of human and charcoal. Since the big mans knees were on the dashboard and my face was on the windshield I was pretty sure the baru's breaks would be tested. Well it turns out those people should be commended on their ability to stop a heavily laden vehicle in a short amount of time. I will not soon forget this experience especially since there are twenty bags of the stuff in my basement and the Mrs. has had several questions regarding storage options, all of which have been vetoed. Mali's performed well in its first test. I cooked a pastrami at 250 for about 6.5 hours in the big green egg. The fuel burned evenly and the temperature did not move from 250 for the entire cook.