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Post in 'The Gear' started by WoodMann, Nov 29, 2008.

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  1. WoodMann

    WoodMann Minister of Fire

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    'k folks- after finally getting my squash together and burning consistently and all, I'm ending up with alotta ash in the box and the tray underneath can only hold so much. Do any of you all have a bucket/ ash can for inside like on the hearth so ya don't hafta stumble aound out in the cold until you're all dressed and ready to.........................

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  2. InTheRockies

    InTheRockies New Member

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    Yes, my new stove (and the old one that it replaced) doesn't have an ash drawer. I have one of those covered, black metal buckets with matching shovel sitting next to the stove. It's very easy to keep ash under control. Mine looks like this.

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  3. WoodMann

    WoodMann Minister of Fire

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    That's cool as h3ll, where do I get my hands on one of those.........
  4. LLigetfa

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    I use a coal pail. While it lacks a lid, it has a wider opening which facilitates lowering the full shovel gently to the bottom of the pail so as not to dump it in, sending the ash airborne. Now, if it had a lid, I'd have the best of both.

    I've thought of using a large oval turkey cook pot but they need two hands to carry.
  5. branchburner

    branchburner Minister of Fire

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    I don't know how much CO can come off hot ashes left inside.
    I don't intend to find out.
  6. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Yes.
  7. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    IMHO, the less ash transfer you do inside the better. Even scooping up ash and gently lowering it into a bucket seems to generate a cloud of dust...dumping a full ash drawer into the bucket is the recipe for a huge cloud of airborne ash.

    I keep the ash bucket (all metal of course) outside by the wood...so about every 4-5th trip for wood, I carry the ash pan from the stove out to dump - let all the dusty transfer happen outside, then bring the pan back in clean. Still seems to be some ash dust in the house, but this helps a ton!
  8. savageactor7

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    Ditto to 'InTheRockies'
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    You can get ash buckets with shovel at most big box stores. If you're in a more rural area, Ace hardware carries them, too. You can also order from a lot of online distributors, including Amazon. Just shop around and find the lowest price.
  12. Nic36

    Nic36 Feeling the Heat

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    I bought a nice 10 quart galvanized pail at Tractor Supply. Made in the USA and was only $7.00 after taxes. No lid though. I think they also had a 12 quart size.
  13. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I used a galvanized pail for many years until the wife decided it didn't have the right aesthetics and bought the coal pail. I don't know how much aesthetics it has to have since it's hardly ever seen. I now store it in the woodshed when empty and bring it in the house to fill. Then it sits out on my front stoop until I get around to dumping it on my big compost pile and then back in the woodshed it goes. I tried storing it on the stoop but apparently it doesn't have the right aesthetics for there either as I kept finding it by the garbage cans all full of snow.

    The ashes ate the galvanized coating right off the pail.

    The AshTrap is interesting but that large sliding lid looks like it gets in the way. What would be cool is if they would build a coalsaver grate into it that would separate the ashes from the coals.
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    I just use a galvanized metal pail, and the ashes go outside right away.
  16. WoodMann

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    Thanks guys- I went and got one from North Line..................
  17. savageactor7

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    ^hey good for you WoodMan someone in your area will make contact to share the secret handshake.

    Now with a bucket like that you'll probably be able to go 7-10 days taking a couple shovels full of ash out each morning...and it can sit safely on the hearth. And in the event of a chimney fire just open the door and dump the bucket of ashes on the fire and quickly close the door.

    I never had to do that btw ...but then again on the older stoves we had an inline damper.
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    I bought a 12gt gal. bucketr for 7.00 at a big box and sprayed it black with stove paint, looks great.
    Hank
  19. skamp

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    Have a ash bucket near the stove. When I empty out the ash, I put a damp towel over the top of the pail sneek the shovel under and dump the ashes. No airborne ashes period. Then I take said ashes outside to galvanized waste bucket with lid, mind you and dump.
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    I just use an old spaghetti pot, I scoop out the ashes and bring them right outside any ways. When it is not in use, it slides right under the stove.
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    It's a good thing to be concerned about, but from my experience, it doesn't seem to be a problem... Ashes shouldn't be burning, and coals burn VERY slowly, especially if burried in ashes. I have to admit to being a bit lazy, and also a bit chicken - I generally tend the stove first thing when I get up in the morning, and I'm not interested in trotting a pan of ashes outside to dump them in my B-day suit :red: - it's CHILLY out there... %-P

    I have two ashpans for my VC, and I find it's far easier to just swap them out, and leave the full pan sitting on the non-combustible brick hearth for a while until it's a convenient moment to take it outside to dump in my long term storage galvanized garbage cans... I have yet to see any sign of CO registering on any my peak recording CO detectors (They won't alarm unless they hit a given PPM for a certain time, but they do record the peak level they've hit since last reset...) However there are very few coals that make it into the VC ashpan, and they tend to be very small.

    Before I got the VC, I would shovel ashes and coals into one of those covered ash buckets of the sort shown earlier, and got a lot more coals doing that, but again had no detectable issues with the CO detectors.

    I'm not saying to set up a hibachi in the living room, but it doesn't appear that a covered bucket of mostly ashes with some coals mixed in puts out enough CO to be an issue...

    Gooserider
  23. Hansson

    Hansson Feeling the Heat

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    This is my bucket connected to the vacuum cleaner.
    Home made :)

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  24. skamp

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    That's a nice set up. Was thinking of rigging up one myself. Just vacuum them out in to a fire proof container. Very good!
  25. Shari

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    Do you have a fireproof hose connected? What happens if you suck up a hot coal but it sticks inside the hose?

    Shari
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