Lazy ash U.D.S.

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by gorillagrilla, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. O.k. , I'm lazy . Building my drum today and want easier way to clean ash then just tipping the barrel. But the most suitable things I can find are all galvanized.Can ya use a wire brush or wheel to remove the zinc coating and make it safe ? My alterative is maybe a large tera -cota saucer or sumpin.
     
  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A shop vac works great after they are cold.
    Also someone mentioned one of those cheap charcoal grills..that come with a bag of charcoal. They would work I would think.

    Just some ideas.
     
  3. Thanks cowgirl ! Yes , I have heard about the shop vac method and think it is a great idea.However my plan was if my build is succesfull I would like to make a few more to give away to some friends and family who also enjoy a good q. Not all of em will have a shop vac layin around !
     
  4. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh!
    I'm not sure about the galvanized stuff. I know it has to get pretty hot to emit dangerous fumes, but I'd probably avoid it. (just me)
    I like your idea about those terra cotta dishes, they might be an option and I do not think they are very expensive...maybe you could attach handles for easy lifting?

    I know it's a big reach for me to get to the bottom of my UDS. lol
     
  5. Side question - can you drill thru tera- cota w/ a masonry bit ?Without it cracking ?
     
  6. Thanks W.D. not a bad idea but I want hi - tech man ! Got the parts assembled ( sept for da ash pan ) to build something like this
     
  7. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Gorilla, I like the looks of that!![​IMG]
     
  8. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    I have an old hoe that I sawed the handle down about half. I use that to "scoop" out the ashes I get. I don't use a drip pan in my UDS and what little ash I get from lump charcoal sort of mixes with the drippings and if you just mix it a little more, it comes out real easy. I thought about making some sort of "catch pan" for the ashes, but after using the shorted handle hoe... I can't see going through the effort and any expense to make a catch pan for ashes.

    **You may have to bend the blade a little bit if it is angled too much, i.e. make it about 90 degrees or more away from the handle.
     
  9. johnnyreb

    johnnyreb Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    SC
    what about this...its a pooper scooper
     
  10. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  11. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    I was going to grind the hoe corners to a radius, but it works good enough as is. I clean it every two weeks after using the UDS 2 - 3 times a week and I bet I don't get more than half a coffee can of ash out of there.
     

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