- Past OR future Camino
- (2003) Francés, (2014) Francés, (2016) Portugués , (2016) Aragonés, (2018) del Norte to Primitivo,
I know that if you ask the internet for information you will get answers that conflict with each other. The cathedral website does not state how much charcoal is used in the Botafumeiro [Bfo from now on, it's easier to type), and I would have no problem if everybody said "some charcoal is put into the Botafumeiro", but several sites and blogs do give a figure. I have an e-friend who has been blogging his 2013 Camino and he has read somewhere that they put 80 pounds of charcoal into the Bfo and put that in his blog. I believe that this is nonsense, but I cannot convince him to change it. I have read in Spanish Wiki that they put 400 grams of charcoal into the Bfo. (Obviously, nobody weighs it; it's an estimate.) I believe that this has been converted to 0.40 kg, misread as 40 kg, and converted to 88 pounds, and rounded down to 80 pounds. English Wiki says "about 40 kg". I found over 400 results with <"botafumeiro" "40 kg" "charcoal"> Over 2000 results with <"botafumeiro" "400" "carbón" -"40 kg">. I have seen videos where you can see that a scoop of hot charcoal is placed in the Bfo. I have asked the Cathedral, but not had a reply. Apart from getting a certificate from the Cathedral, what can I do? Don't start looking for the weight of the Bfo!