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Ash pan underneath XL fire grate?

hogsfanhogsfan Posts: 128
edited March 2012 in EggHead Forum
Has anyone tried putting an ash pan underneath the fire grate in the XL and lifting it out the top instead of using the ash tool to fish the ash out the lower damper? The fire grate is so wide that I find using the tool is kind of a drag. It takes forever And doesn't really work as well on the left side because of the way the tool is built. It seem like it would be easier to come out the top since I need to pull the fire grate anyways if I want to get to get the ash well anyways. Has anybody done this? I tried searching but did not find a discussion on this.
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,805
    I use a giant shop vac. Takes about 15 seconds to clean my xl.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Just like Travis stated, shop vac, just be sure no hot coals inside before sucking them up. Nuff said.

    Joe

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  • xraypat23xraypat23 Posts: 421
    +1 on the shop vac. After I burn thru a load of coals I take out whatevers still usable, pull out the bottom grate and takes about 5 seconds to clean out my large.  I have the ash tool but never use it.
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  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,024
    I use a shop vac with a Drywall bag in it. Easy and way less messy. The ash tool is still a must have. I stir the ash out of the lump before adding new charcoal. I also use it to stir the coals once the egg has been lit before closing the dome.
    Mark Annville, PA
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,736
    I like the shop vac idea, but what I do might be just as easy.  I pull the fire grate off and use a short shovel and just scoop the ash and dump it into my ash can next to my EGG.  I only have to do it every couple months and the whole process might take me all of a minute or two.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • cortguitarmancortguitarman Posts: 2,024
    I've cleaned my egg 2 times in 2 months. The second time it wasn't even ready for a cleaning. I had it apart so I figured I would do it anyway.
    Mark Annville, PA
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  • maybe im missing something here, but all i do is turn the ash tool over...hasnt been a problem..use what ever is easy...Im a firm believer in easy...

    Rockwall Texas, just east of Dallas where the humidity and heat meet! Life is too short to get caught in the fast lane behind somebody slow!

    XL, LG, Sm, Mini and Weber for drink holder

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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 970

    shop vac every 50 or 60 pounds of lump

     

    XL   Walled Lake, MI

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  • hogsfanhogsfan Posts: 128
    maybe im missing something here, but all i do is turn the ash tool over...hasnt been a problem..use what ever is easy...Im a firm believer in easy...
    That's my point, I don't think the ash tool is easy to use. Look at the ash tool. It's designed to work one way. The handle is attached at a corner of the flat piece (not a side...an actual corner) which allows you to scrape the ash up the lip and out the damper like a rake. But because it's on a corner, when you flip it around, it's like trying to work an upside down rake. Anyways if you scrape the right side of the egg, you cant get the junk out of the cooker...it just stays at the door. 
     (Earlier I said it works better on the right side, but I really meant the left. My fault.) If they would have attached the handle to the flat piece in the middle of either the long side or even the thin side of the flat piece, it would have been great and easy to use. 
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  • Smoker_GuruSmoker_Guru Posts: 372
    I use a giant shop vac. Takes about 15 seconds to clean my xl.
    Travis, do you have a problem with the vac filter clogging up?
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,805
    Nope but, its one of the biggest sears carries. I only knock the filter off when I empty the thing. It may be an issue if you had a smaller one. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Smoker_GuruSmoker_Guru Posts: 372

    That could be it. I have a small 8 gal shop vac and my filter really plugs up after just a couple of egg cleanings. I may try using the Drywall Bags in mine like Cortguitarman suggested. Thanks.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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  • centex99centex99 Posts: 231

    I have a rigid shopvac that works great for this.  Am going to look at those dust filters though, as I use this in my garage for woodworking too and I'm always getting the nice/expensive filter clogged and looking at the dust bag reviews, it seems to reduce all of that drastically and the bag works in combination with the filter, and you don't have to clean/replace either very frequently... though, we'll see, but worth a try nonetheless...

    But for cleaning out, the shop vac works great... just a pain to haul from the garage to the back porch...

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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,805
    I just looked. Its a 16gal 6hp and can suck a golf ball through a garden hose. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Smoker_GuruSmoker_Guru Posts: 372
    A 16 gal would be nice but like Centex99 said, its a pain dragging everything from the garage through the house to the back pourch. I,m hoping the bag thing works.
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  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,851
    edited March 2012
    They make a water filter for drywall dust. The basic idea is like a similar product I "saw" in HS once or twice...maybe. 
    The bucket is filled 1/2 way with water. the side that hooks up to the vac has a hose above the water line, the hose that is sucking in the dust ends below the water line. As a result, all the dust gets caught in the water. 

    Of course this may be making a mountain out of the simple act of cleaning an egg. 

    I do that.  
    :-/                  <--Needs Help
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
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  • Smoker_GuruSmoker_Guru Posts: 372
    Ya, I'm a thinkin that just might be a little over the edge :-)
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,805
    Or, we could all hire someone to clean it for us. I think that would work best. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • Smoker_GuruSmoker_Guru Posts: 372
    Good idea Travis, but I think I'll go ahead and try the bag thing...
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  • hogsfanhogsfan Posts: 128
    Good idea Travis, but I think I'll go ahead and try the bag thing...
    And I the ash pan thing. Farming it out will be my next move though. My kids almost of that age where he can help out around here.
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  • FlyingTivoFlyingTivo Posts: 330
    That is why you need a Rainbow vacuum cleaner, no bags just water to catch everything!
    Men, easier fed than understood!!
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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 970

    but that egg looks like it has never been cooked in.

     

    XL   Walled Lake, MI

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  • Wheres the lid?
    LET'S EAT
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  • FlyingTivoFlyingTivo Posts: 330
    LOL! You guys don't let anything pass!! This was the cleaning before assembly but the picture with the vacuum cleaner is to make A point, but you guys are killing me!!! :)

    Felipe
    Men, easier fed than understood!!
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