ash removal tool

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by ga.rick, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. ga.rick

    ga.rick Smoke Blower

    hi folks,
    i have what i think is a new braunsfel hondo or blackdiamond pre charbroil
    i made a charcoal basket, my question is what do you guys or gals use as a tool to remove the ashes if leaving the basket in the smoker. currently i am using a metal type spatula i got with a chinese wok years ago just looking for some new ideas. buy the way what is the difference between a hondo and blackdiamond ?
    thanks
     
  2. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cant help you on the diff in the two but I use a shop vac on my firebox the next day. I always dump the vac instantly incase I have smoldering into a metal bucket and then I dispose when teh bucket is full or I need soemthing to do. I like to keep my box very clean form ash as I believe the ash will absorb moisture from the air and cause rusting inside the firebox
     
  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have an extra spatula that is the kind used for picking up a roast, works pretty good for removing the ash.
     
  4. mike91mr

    mike91mr Newbie

    My charcoal basket doesn't sit flat on the bottom, so I throw some heavy duty foil down and cover as much as I can. Then I put the charcoal basket on top of that. When I'm done, I just pull out the charcoal basket, roll up the foil, and shop vac whatever is left (usually minimal).

    I haven't found a good way to clean it if I left the basket in the smoker, however.
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a small shovel I got from Home Depot and it works well and it just cost me a few bucks.
     
  6. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    I use an ash scoop from an old fireplace set that I pounded a curve into. I used a mulberry stump that is basically the same diameter as my firebox to shape it with a hammer. It matches the curve almost perfectly. I use that old set for many things. The poker is good for the fire pit. The tongs come in handy there too, as well as for picking up nasty things that I choose not to discuss at this time. [​IMG]
     
  7. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I too shop vac it. Muy easy.
     

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