Need An Ash Rake-

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by generalee, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. generalee

    generalee Fire Starter

    I've got me a new stick burner with a nice sized fire box.

    However I need some type of ash rake.  I have a couple of shovels and they are too large to fit all the way in, and the fire grate is not remove-able.

    I've thought about a small garden hoe, but not sure that will fit either.

    I'm guessing I have about a 4" clearance.  Have a smoke going now, so it's kind of hard to measure.

    Any suggestions?  Open to trying most things...[​IMG]

    Sorry no picture with the firebox open.

    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  2. You can fabricate a cut piece of sheet metal, drill a hole in it. Cut a length of 1/2" copper, solder a male adapter on it, insert in hole and washer lock nut combo. You can tweek sheet metal to conform to box.
  3. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    I've got an old set of fireplace tools. You can get them fairly cheap at box store /Craig's. Bend or modify one of those small ash shovels.

  4. Made mine, bottom of my firebox is round,  cut a piece of plate to match the curvature , welded a piece of round rod for the handle, drilled out a wooden dowel for the end of the rod,

  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    generalee Get a small garden hoe, you can always trim the edge down to fit. Hope this helps and have a Happy T-Day
  6. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fold over the end of a tin can.... secure it to a stick.... You can cut it to shape... This is for my pellet stove exhaust...

  8. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My situation is a bit different - I have a round-bottom firebox but I can remove my grates (in fact I usually use a basket and not the grates anyway).

    I cut away one side of a grated cheese jar, and it makes a great scoop. Cold ash only, of course.
  9. Like it Dave- so simple yet effective. I enjoy making my own tools, relaxing . If someone else can make it, so can I, sometimes even better for my application usually with scraps laying around. JMHO
  10. I took a length of aluminum 1 or 2 inch bar stock and bent a handle/hook for hanging and gripping and made a sweeping s shape for the ash side. Its almost L shaped really, but I can bend it for whichever firebox shape I am dealing with.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Generalee , here's a good idea , find a piece of light metal , make it a bit curved , or one side with a tab ,then when you need to get rid of ash , pull it out with you gloves ,dump , nd you're back in business.

    Works great on mine :

    Look close and you'll see my ash plate [​IMG]

    Have fun and . . .
  12. generalee

    generalee Fire Starter

    Thanks Everyone! I'm not that handy in terms of crafting my own tools...but I like the aluminum bar...I think I might already have a piece or two...

    I'll give it a try and some point soon and report back!
  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the compliment.... but really ..... building that rake did not take much skill....... Dave

  14. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    i use a shop vac.
  15. I am gonna make one for my other vertical out of this old ruler. The ink comes off easy.

  16. Bent and cut for a 16/20" barrel. The rough, rusty FB chamber surface will finish it over time.

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