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Old 02-17-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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I just thought about something. How am I supposed to get these ashes out of the bottom of my UDS without making a mess on the sides of the barrell? If I tip it and pour it, wont it stick to the sides since it is seasoned with three cooks now? What's a person to do?
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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shop vac... Ive also taken a milk jug and cut it to make a scoop... some take a shovel and hack it up to scoop it out as well.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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Saw where one of the members had modified a garden hoe (rounded the blade to fit the sides of the barrel and welded on some aluminum walls) and another member bought a ready made pooper scooper and beveled the blade to match the wall.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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An ash tray is the first thing you should have. I use a large cake pan(still looking for a larger one) that i pull out and empty into a small metal garbage can. 90% of the bottom of the drum is clean, but only a small area needs a monthly clean. I just wash it out with the water hose on the grass to keep from BANGING up the edges and season it again.

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Old 02-17-2010, 07:28 PM   #5
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Saw where one of the members had modified a garden hoe (rounded the blade to fit the sides of the barrel and welded on some aluminum walls) and another member bought a ready made pooper scooper and beveled the blade to match the wall.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:31 PM   #6
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I think when I build mine this spring, Im gonna attach an 18 inch pizza pan to the feet of the legs of the charcoal basket. So every time I lift the charcoal basket out, most of the ash will come with it.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:32 PM   #7
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That's it. And this one.

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Old 02-17-2010, 07:35 PM   #8
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i have a old spatchal epoxed into a driver shaft lol works great
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:35 PM   #9
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Just dump it out already. So what if the ash sticks to the side? I do it after every 3-4 cooks on the drum. Never had a problem, and I love the way it cooks.

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second on the pizza pan ash tray attached to the bottom of my firebox.
Many way's to skin a cat...
Really depends on how complicated you wanna make this.
If you really want a clean bottom (chuckle) there's some brethren that have cut the bottom off/use the lid for the bottom so they can just un bolt/hinge it and clean her out.
That said, I wish there was an ashless lump.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:43 PM   #11
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Really depends on how complicated you wanna make this.
Agreed. Why make it anymore complicated than just dumping the thing in the trash? I like to call it the LAZY MOD.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:44 PM   #12
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Yup pizza pan from Wally world will only set ya back a few bucks and is worth every penny. Driil holes through the pizza pan then attach to the charcoal holder just as you lormally would. Saves alot of trouble and mess and only takes minutes to do.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:57 PM   #13
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The charcoal basket with attached ash catcher. No ashes in the bottom of the drum. Easy in. Easy out.



Ash tray is a cover to a 30 gal. drum.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:34 PM   #14
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Just dumping it over and have all the ash sticking to the sides of a sticky greasy drum is not very appealing. A very good question was raised. And I am interested in the alternatives to the barbaric just dumping it over technique.
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Yup pizza pan from Wally world will only set ya back a few bucks and is worth every penny. Driil holes through the pizza pan then attach to the charcoal holder just as you lormally would. Saves alot of trouble and mess and only takes minutes to do.
What he said, I used a 16 inch pizza pan attached with wire to the basket. I even put a piece of black pipe in the middle of the grate attached with conduit nuts to pull the hole thing out.
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