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

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

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?

post #2 of 6
I just lay foil on the bottom.

I use bolts to
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

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?

post #4 of 6
Pan will work. Really anything thats curved would work.
post #5 of 6

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.

 

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Perfect! That's what Ill get then.

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