Originally Posted by Mark
That would probably work to plow away excessive ash, but with my design (using the diffuser plate between the bottom of the barrel and the firebox), there is no ash in or around the "butterfly valve."
Im thinking of this as a means to do away with the ash pan or any cleaning what so ever. So what if the bottom rots out after a few years. Im thinking as long as it is used frequently and kept dry it probably wont be an issue for a long time. I wonder how long it would last?