Dumb Question(s)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stevetheteacher, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. 1. What is the best way to clean the ash out of the fire box?

    I tried scooping it with a cup and then a piece or cardboard, but there was still a lot of ash left behind. Finally I resorted to using my hand, which got 99% of the ash out. Would a shop vac work better?

    2. What is the best (read easiest) way to clean the wire racks in the pit?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I bought the smallest dust pan and brush I could find it gets most the ash then pour some vegetable oil on a paper towel and wipe out the rest.
  3. Ah, that sounds good!
  4. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    My CharGriller has a pull out ash pan, any over flow left in the fire box gets sucked up with the shop vac.
  5. That is really cool!
  6. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Save a grated-cheese plastic shaker jar, and cut it in half lengthwise so it makes a half-scoop with the bottom intact. It's perfect for digging ashes out of a firebox.
  7. bard

    bard Newbie

    When I had an offset, I shoveled the majority out and blew the rest out with a leaf blower.  Mind the wind direction :)
  8. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Steve, without an ash drawer (wish I had one), this is a difficult task. I have looked around and tried several methods. Please take a look at the suggestions below:

    1. Smallest dust pan... sand shovel.

    2. Smallest brush... 2" natural bristle paint brush.

    Note: You can start with a larger brush and pan, but these are good for that last little bit. The 2" paint brush is the very cheap one, then trim a little off it to make it stiffer.
  9. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is what I was describing. It scoops cleanly and pours out neatly. I dump it into a big oatmeal canister, which itself is emptied into the kitchen trash bag, then filled again.

    The dark smudge comes from a fracture in the camera lens.

  10. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used to use a garden trowel (same idea as BlueWhisper's shaker jar, and finish up with the shop vac.

  11. A plastic windshield ice scraper works well as does a paint scraper. I always keep my rubber gloves from food prep and wear them to keep gunk getting under my nails (I've got a problem with psoriasis under my nails).

    I don't have much scraping to do except on my OTG and mini-WSM. The only ash I have to get out of the MES is from the A-MAZE-N tray :biggrin:.
  12. oddball

    oddball Smoke Blower

    I used to buy plastic putty knives. They come in all sizes, and are somewhat flexible.
    boboso likes this.
  13. boboso

    boboso Smoke Blower

    I've used a plastic dough scraper a few times as well, didn't have a shop vac.

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