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How clean out a UDS


Master of the Pit
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Joined Feb 19, 2012
Hi All I'm just curious about how one goes about cleaning out a UDS when the smoking is done?

I may be looking to build one down the road.

Thanks Dan


Master of the Pit
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Joined Feb 23, 2010
If you're talking about the ash, what I did with mine is bolted the legs of the charcoal basket through a cheap 18" pizza pan. The pan sits on the bottom of the UDS about 3" below the bottom of the basket. I just lift the whole thing out to dump the ash & stuff.

pc farmer

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Shop vac.
Joined Nov 27, 2013
I didn't think about it when I built mine. I ended up with a huge basket and couldn't find an off-the-shelf pizza pan to fit. Ended up cutting a water heater pan to size an bolting to the basket. I still have foil below that though, to catch everything that slips through. But it's bc I don't have a shop vac

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