How long does ash take to cool down??? I'm in a jam

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by nickm62388, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. nickm62388

    nickm62388 Fire Starter

    I haven't smoked in a while and I wanna smoke ribs at my mother in laws tomorrow but I'm afraid if I start at 12/1ish and be done by 5pm ish the ash from the charcoal won't cool down in time by the time I leave her house later that night and she is anal about stuff being hot still when their not outside and watching it.....any ideas or advice ? I miss smoking so bad and it's perfect to make two nice racks of ribs
  2. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's an easy one.  Just scoop the ashes out into a container and pour on the water.  The slurry can then be dumped (as in carefully spread) on your MIL's lawn--its great for the grass.

  3. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]  What he said.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2016
  4. nickm62388

    nickm62388 Fire Starter

    Ya unfortunately she's not gonna want me to put all the ash in with water and just dump it on her nice lawn
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Get a metal ash bucket. They have a lid that clamps shut with the bucket handle. Dump your ash in there with some water. Clamp the lid down and take it home with you once it's cooled down.
  6. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Its really very good for the lawn.  If she doesn't like seeing the ashes on the lawn, a quick watering will get them all off the grass and into the soil.

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member



  8. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic

    The correct answer here is to not smoke anything at your mother-in-law's place. Nothing that you can do will ever please her, so don't even try.
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  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That can be very true. I was lucky to have a great MIL. She lived with us 18 years and was a great help with the kids while the Mrs' and I worked...JJ
  10. What JC said.  Goes with the old adage of complaining about a free lunch....
  11. phatbac

    phatbac Smoking Fanatic

    Maybe you could smoke the meat the day before at your house and take it over to her house the next day and reheat. Since you are doing ribs do 3-2 and do the sauce step at her house since you only need about 30min-1hr worth of heat you should have plenty of cool down time.

    Hope this helps,

    phatbac (Aaron)
  12. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everyone using charcoal should have a metal bucket with the lid that snaps on by the handles.  They are available at HD and Lowes.  I don't care if my ashes have been setting in my smoker or grill for a week, they NEVER go in the trash until they've spent some time in the bucket too.  I had a neighbor in a previous neighborhood whose garage burned down when he put 48 hour ashes (his claim) in his trash bin.  They ignited the trash and poof, no garage or cars. 

    I'm going to have to try that lawn thing.     
  13. Don't think the guy who was at the NASCAR race last night in KY used one.  Grill was in the bed of his pickup, and the truck was fully ablaze....

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