Ash catcher for charcoal basket

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by chiefusn, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. chiefusn

    chiefusn Smoke Blower

    When I built my UDS I didn't have a catch pan for the ashes. It wasn't a big deal at first but now I'm starting to get tired of having to tip the drum over to empty the ashes. I was looking for an 18" steel pizza pan that I could weld to the legs of my basket but can't seem to find one anywhere. Does anybody have a link to one or what are you using? I don't have a metal bender so making one is out of the question if I have to bend metal to make a rim or something.Chad
     
  2. Hello Chad.  I don't have a UDS but I have work with someone building one.  The one thing we found was that the sides can't be very high or you lose air flow to the basket ( I'm sure you figured that out ).  What about lining the bottom with foil held down by some stones or brick pieces.  Then just reach in and grab the foil and ash at one time.  Just a thought.  Keep Smokin!

    Danny
     
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Yea Chief..no problem.   Take a spare lid and cut off the outside band like you did for your lid.  Take some big channel locks and bend up the edges all the way around.   In the middle i just attached a u-bolt to pick it up...works great.  I'll see if i can find a pic. Keith


     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2013
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have two restaurant wholesalers here in town that both have pizza pans starting at 10" and going all the way up to 32".  I was looking for the same thing and they have 18"

    Try this online supply (add the www to the front and the .com to the end) Guess we aren't supposed to post outside links anymore... 

    foodservicewarehouse

    amazon has them too.
     
  5. Try GFS (Gordon Food Service) if they have them near you. They're restaurant suppliers but open to the public, thats where I got my pizza pan that I use when we make homemade pizza, not sure on the size though.
     
  6. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Case, you can pick up drum lids for free...it ends up being like a 19 inch pan.  The u-bolt i put on was a couple of bucks.  
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here drums are hard to come by unless I go over the mountains to the valley. Then of course that makes the fuel more expensive than a pizza pan! I'm going to bolt my ash catcher to the feet of my basket. Or actually the feet are going to be bolts. SO I will drill holes in the pan and then run the bolts through the pan, run nuts down to secure the pan then I'll attach the charcoal box to the top of the bolts. Best get all my parts together, that Drum is going to be done at the powder coaters and I'll have all weekend to work on it!
     
  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Can't wait to see how the powder coat looks and works out.  

    Drums and especially lids i can get them all day long at a metal recycler here in town.  You have to have a metal recycle joint around...especially on the left coast!
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We do but they no longer sell to the public. Fall out from the meth heads stealing and selling metals. I have to go to the valley to find one that sells publicly now. My 18" pizza pan was $20, so that'll work!
     
  10. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    It amazes me how different parts of the country can be so different....Things are so easy to find here, no matter what it is. 
     
  11. backwoods bbq

    backwoods bbq Meat Mopper

    God Bless Texas! Haha that's all I can say, free oil barrels, 7 dollar food grade barrels blue or white. Trees galore, plenty of cattle, swine, a gulf for seafood, wild game. Plenty of oil refineries to allocate cheap metal. Man!!! I love Texas.
     
  12. NOW, NOW Backwoods.  Be nice.  Not everyone was lucky enough to be born in GOD'S BACK YARD.  We have to support our less fortunate neighbors. [​IMG]  Keep Smokin brother!

    Danny
     
  13. backwoods bbq

    backwoods bbq Meat Mopper

    True. But it's hard not to gloat when you live in the south :)
     
  14. chiefusn

    chiefusn Smoke Blower

    Thanks for all the replies guys. I will check them out and see what I can come up with. I think I still have the left over steel from the drum lid. Just got to find it in the mess of a garage I got.

    Chad
     
  15. chiefusn

    chiefusn Smoke Blower

    I think I found the pizza pan/ash catcher I was looking for. Was searching Amazon and came across this review. Pretty funny I thought.


    It's aluminum but I think I will be able to make it work with my basket. I was wanting to weld it to the legs on the basket but have an idea how to do it

    Chad
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I saw that review too! [​IMG]
     
  17. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Chad it'll probably be easier to clean and empty if it's not attached....jmo....I just needed a way to pull it up easy.  It's nice when i use lump i don't have to empty it very often....KB is another story.  You threw out your lid metal didn't ya?
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013
  18. chiefusn

    chiefusn Smoke Blower

    I haven't had a chance to look for it. I was at work and bored so I decided to research the suggestions. What's cool is that same pizza pan has a combo at the bottom of the page for it and a 16" pan which I need for my 30 gallon UDS. Worked out perfectly. I would go ahead and order them but I have to wait until we get back from vacation. I don't want a package sitting on the front porch for 2 weeks.

    Chad
     

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