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Idea For New Hearth Tool

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by velvetfoot, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    As I started the first fire of the season I got to thinking that, as a North/South burner, I'd like to more easily bring the ashes to the middle from the sides. I have a hoe to bring them forward but nothing to the middle. The poker serves that function, but maybe if it'd have a blade on it... Wait a sec, there was a post a little while ago about the handy dandy machete, hmmm...

    Anyone think it worthwhile?

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  2. akbear

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    just don't snitch one of those metal fire hydrant marker flags or they'll get upset, but maybe if you bring them a plate of cookies and ask nice they might sell you one.
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  3. rideau

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    Exact same situation if you burn E-W and have a side loading stove. I spoke with Woodstock about the need for a tool with the hoe blade mounted sideways, essentially, about a year ago. May go to a smith and have one made. A tool that would make for more satisfactory raking of ashes to the front and back in a side loader would be great.
  4. madison

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  6. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I was thinking like one of the implements this guy is carrying:

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  7. rideau

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    Yes, we need a tool made with the head mounted at a right angle to the head of a rake.
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    ? I burn N/S and have no trouble raking/pushing ash and coals wherever with the typical rake ?
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    I use the shovel to scoop everything to the center, then rake. A side rake would be ideal. Maybe a locking swivel joint? Where's ScottyOverkill???
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  10. rideau

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    Large front loading door?

    With a small side loading door, a rake with a head perpendicular to the common rake would be perfect. One can manage with the standard rake, but it is far from ideal. Life would be easier with an appropriate rake.
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  12. oldspark

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    Not a bad idea, draw it up and some one can weld one together for ya.
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    Go buy you a simple wood stove shovel. Like the one pictured below.
    Take a hammer and flatten out the stamped formed shovel.
    Put it in your vice and bend a 90 deg in it. You can cut teeth in it also if you want as its easy to work with metal.
    These type shovels dont cost much. I got one at Tractor Supply for under $10 a couple years ago. The handle was different. But works good to push coals/ash back then rake coals forward.

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  15. velvetfoot

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    I'm about out of room on the rack. The swivel idea sounds good. It can't be too tall cause it's harder to move it side to side.
  16. charly

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    This hoe has 2 years of use on two stoves.. All metal, bought it I believe at Home Depot.. You can see the paint hasn't even burned off. About 31 inches long,, works great.. No heat near your hands at all..

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  17. akbear

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    yeah, it was primarily a joke, but with two intentions, most of us (I would imagine) are of the creative or re-purposing types, so either one would see the simplicity of getting a rectangle of steel welded to a metal rod, or that it's just a matter of there likely is something somewhere that is just the ticket or could be with a little modification (maybe someone bent out the end of a curtain traverse rod and uses that, cut the handle down of an ice chopper, bent the end of a grass whip or stuck a handle into a pastry scraper (like this one http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-577-Stainless-Scraper-Chopper/dp/B000SSZ4Q4)
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    actually thought about the pastry scraper. Also considered all my hoes to see if any would work...I have lots of different types of hoes, but...think I'll likely visit a blacksmith. This tool should be used a lot, hopefully over a long lifetime, so it's worth having what I want.
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    Big Green Egg makes an ash tool that is similar to what I think you're looking for. I have one for my egg and it works well for its intended purpose.

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    on second thought, just imagine the chaos I wreaked upon the universe planting the idea of a scrap of conduit or copper pipe, a couple of set screws, and a missing pastry scraper from the kitchen drawer. Good thing I didn't suggest a snowmachine trail marker sign or we'd have skidoos flying through the air and taking shortcuts through people's front rooms.

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