- Nov 17, 2021
How do you separate hot coals from fine ash in a shallow firebox? I see a few methods mentioned in these forums, and have tried all but can’t get any of them to work well. Some people with deeper fireboxes use a small rake to push ash & coals backward & forward to separate them then shovel the ash out. Not enough depth for that in my stove. Some use metal kitty litter scoops. Tried that but it pulls too much ash up with the coals and the shaking required to separate them sends a lot of ash airborne. And others shovel the pile to one side then push the coals to the other with the poker. This just seems slow and not very effective. I feel like what I need is a rake type implement with a small head parallel to the handle instead of the usual configuration (perpendicular to the handle), to push the coals from side to side in the firebox. I also feel like this must be a common enough issue that I’m missing something incredibly obvious. Any advice about what I’m missing, or where to find such an implement?