Originally Posted by h20loo
My Egg is in its 4th year and still used 6 times a month on average but alot more in the first year. No problems with the factory grate and never needed a wiggle rod. I always use royal oak lump. I guess Ive been lucky but I'm always amazed at how well the Egg drops the ashes compared to my UDS where I get the occasional bridge and need to shake things up.
Do you use lump in your drum too? If not, that may be the difference. I've noticed that briq ash can get kinda cakey sometimes, especially if it is wet outside.
I've been using my wiggle rod and really like it. Its been useful for other cookers as well.