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

    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

    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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