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LA 433 02-03-2013 10:08 AM

Newb Question ....
so i tested my new WSM last night and wanted to know if i should clean out the old coals after every run or not untill it fills up ??

Ole Man Dan 02-03-2013 11:29 AM

Clean it out. :hungry:

Bluesman 02-03-2013 11:30 AM

I save the big chunks on the grate and then dump the bowl full of ash. Fill, light, smoke, eat..........repeat

Fo Sizzle My Nizzle 02-03-2013 11:31 AM

Do your best to clean it out. Sometimes I get lazy and put it off for a few days after a cook, but its my understanding that ash + moisture can lead to the ceramic lining eating away.

didisea 02-03-2013 11:33 AM

If you let it get too full, it affects the air flow around the coals on the grate. You could probably get by with not emptying the ash after one cook, but I would not go beyond that.

LA 433 02-03-2013 11:58 AM

coo thanks

BobM 02-03-2013 12:01 PM

I always try to clean my WSMs the next day after a cook.
I save all the charcoal peices that don't fall through the grate for the next cook. I then dump the ashes and brush the bottom out.

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Carbon 02-03-2013 12:14 PM

Similar to shaking out a UDS coal basket I've seen WSM mods where you can easily sift ash.

Tonybel 02-04-2013 08:46 PM

Clean out and keep the unlit coals.

KotaChuk678 02-04-2013 08:54 PM

clean it!

John Bowen 02-05-2013 07:37 AM

Ash + Moisture = Rust

The charcoal pan though covered in ceramic is subject to high temps and will be subject to rust over time.

Stoke&Smoke 02-05-2013 04:51 PM

Not sure if others will agree, but I'd say clean it,or at least dump it

I would reuse unburned lump,but if using briquettes, dump it all

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