I bought a small Shop Vac that I keep by my pellet smoker. Of course I use it to clean the ash out after smoking but I also use it to vacuum out any remaining pellets in the hopper and just dump the whole thing back into the pellet "bucket". Takes about 10 seconds to clean out the hopper and you can get all the way to the bottom. And yes, I clean out the vacuum canister after cleaning the ash from the smoker and before vacuuming the remaining pellets. Anyway, works for me.Then when ready to bring temp up high, I use a plastic 2 cup measuring cup to scoop remaining pellets from hopper, back into bucket.
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