The ash pan was one idea but I am open to others. I have yet to find a good way to get ashes from a pit to an ash barrel at competitions. I have seen some interesting attempts and have been surprised that I have not seen more folks setting themselves on fire. (and nothing beats the premature gray you get from the team next door's ash storm)
I use a shovel at home for the brick pit so I may very well put it to use with this pit.
Southern Q Limo, Brick Pit "47", Char-griller Trio; Team Q-inator!