You know how some ash gets trapped between the firebox and the outer shell of the Egg -- I generally poke a flexible rod around in there every few months and hope for the best. It does not do a great job.[p]Hoping for better results, I decided to get fancy, and it did not work -- I put a long hose on my shop vac and tried to poke it around the back of the shell. [The hose did not have a nozzle -- the nozzle, of course, would not make it around the curve.] The hose would not really go very far, plus the hose kept clogging up with ash. I also put a special filter in the shop vac -- it did not catch all the ash.[p]There has to be a way to clean all around the firebox without pulling out the fire ring and then lifting out the firebox -- there is too much risk of cracking the firebox. [p]Your clever ideas will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.