What do you use for a ash catcher for your coal basket?

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by irishluck09, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. irishluck09

    irishluck09 Newbie

    So I've had my UDS built for about 6 months now. 

    Couldn't ask for a better smoker but I'm curious as to what you guys all use for a coal ash catcher under the basket?

    Also I use bolts that a screwed in through the outside of the barrel to hold up my meat grates. What do you guys all use or is that pretty standard?
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just lay foil on the bottom.

    I use bolts to
     
  3. irishluck09

    irishluck09 Newbie

    That would work but more looking for a way to lift it out with the coal basket when needed.

    Thinking maybe a cooking pan possible?
     
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pan will work. Really anything thats curved would work.
     
  5. 1wheeldrive

    1wheeldrive Newbie

    When I built my charcoal basket I bolted the bottom grate through a few short sections of pipe as spacers to a cheap pizza pan from Walmart.  The pizza pan acts as the ash catcher and all of the fallen ash comes out when I pull the basket out.

    Here are a couple of photos of my basket



    And with a 1/2 a load of charcoal in it, which is good for ~8 hours.  For a longer cook I can fill the basket up further, and of course I use chunks of wood for the smoke.

     
  6. irishluck09

    irishluck09 Newbie

    Perfect! That's what Ill get then.
     

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