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1. What is the best way to clean the ash out of the fire box?

 

I tried scooping it with a cup and then a piece or cardboard, but there was still a lot of ash left behind. Finally I resorted to using my hand, which got 99% of the ash out. Would a shop vac work better?

 

2. What is the best (read easiest) way to clean the wire racks in the pit?

 

Thanks in advance!

Steve

post #2 of 13

I bought the smallest dust pan and brush I could find it gets most the ash then pour some vegetable oil on a paper towel and wipe out the rest.

post #3 of 13
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Ah, that sounds good!

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Originally Posted by stevetheteacher View Post
 

1. What is the best way to clean the ash out of the fire box?

 

I tried scooping it with a cup and then a piece or cardboard, but there was still a lot of ash left behind. Finally I resorted to using my hand, which got 99% of the ash out. Would a shop vac work better?

 

2. What is the best (read easiest) way to clean the wire racks in the pit?

 

Thanks in advance!

Steve

 

My CharGriller has a pull out ash pan, any over flow left in the fire box gets sucked up with the shop vac.

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My CharGriller has a pull out ash pan, any over flow left in the fire box gets sucked up with the shop vac.

That is really cool!

post #6 of 13

Save a grated-cheese plastic shaker jar, and cut it in half lengthwise so it makes a half-scoop with the bottom intact. It's perfect for digging ashes out of a firebox.

post #7 of 13

When I had an offset, I shoveled the majority out and blew the rest out with a leaf blower.  Mind the wind direction :)

post #8 of 13
Steve, without an ash drawer (wish I had one), this is a difficult task. I have looked around and tried several methods. Please take a look at the suggestions below:

1. Smallest dust pan... sand shovel.

2. Smallest brush... 2" natural bristle paint brush.

Note: You can start with a larger brush and pan, but these are good for that last little bit. The 2" paint brush is the very cheap one, then trim a little off it to make it stiffer.
post #9 of 13

This is what I was describing. It scoops cleanly and pours out neatly. I dump it into a big oatmeal canister, which itself is emptied into the kitchen trash bag, then filled again.

 

The dark smudge comes from a fracture in the camera lens.

post #10 of 13

I used to use a garden trowel (same idea as BlueWhisper's shaker jar, and finish up with the shop vac.

 

Gary

post #11 of 13
A plastic windshield ice scraper works well as does a paint scraper. I always keep my rubber gloves from food prep and wear them to keep gunk getting under my nails (I've got a problem with psoriasis under my nails).

I don't have much scraping to do except on my OTG and mini-WSM. The only ash I have to get out of the MES is from the A-MAZE-N tray biggrin.gif.
post #12 of 13

I used to buy plastic putty knives. They come in all sizes, and are somewhat flexible.

post #13 of 13
I've used a plastic dough scraper a few times as well, didn't have a shop vac.
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