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 Post subject: Ash Build up at the bottom of the
PostPosted: December 24th, 2014, 4:50 pm 
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I have a stretch. When I cook over to bags of coal I get a build up ash in the stack where the coal goes. I don't uses lump. I take pilers and shake the grade to try to get loose. Am I the only one? Len


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 Post subject: Re: Ash Build up at the bottom of the
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I don't know if I understand your question completely?

At the end of a cook, I just close my ball valve and walk away, letting the fire go out because of no oxygen. By letting the fire go out this way, you will have small amounts of ash and partially burnt briquettes left on top of the coal grate.

Before each cook I shake the grate at the bottom of the coal chute to get any ash or small briquettes that didn't completely burn out. I then top off the chute with fresh from the bag briquettes.

Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Ash Build up at the bottom of the
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If I am reading this right, you are getting the build up around the grate that is between the chute/fire and the cooking chamber?

I'll bet you are using a LARGE cfm fan/blower and it's blowing the uncombustable filler from the briquettes.

That's a problem with briquettes, some brands more than others.

Get a dedicated outdoor (just don't use it in the house!) shop vac and vacuum it out just before it becomes a problem. Just make durned sure that there is NOT even ONE tiny ember still in the ash somewhere!

Shaking the (removable) grate is normal and I'll give it a shake every time I open the door to the firebox.

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 Post subject: Re: Ash Build up at the bottom of the
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BobinFlorida wrote:
If I am reading this right, you are getting the build up around the grate that is between the chute/fire and the cooking chamber?

I'll bet you are using a LARGE cfm fan/blower and it's blowing the uncombustable filler from the briquettes.

That's a problem with briquettes, some brands more than others.

Get a dedicated outdoor (just don't use it in the house!) shop vac and vacuum it out just before it becomes a problem. Just make durned sure that there is NOT even ONE tiny ember still in the ash somewhere!

Shaking the (removable) grate is normal and I'll give it a shake every time I open the door to the firebox.


I think you are right on it with the fan. How about if I close the val a little? I have seen in Pic showing fan on ball val that the it looks like it is closed a little? I try. Len


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sawyer39560 wrote:
BobinFlorida wrote:
If I am reading this right, you are getting the build up around the grate that is between the chute/fire and the cooking chamber?

I'll bet you are using a LARGE cfm fan/blower and it's blowing the uncombustable filler from the briquettes.

That's a problem with briquettes, some brands more than others.

Get a dedicated outdoor (just don't use it in the house!) shop vac and vacuum it out just before it becomes a problem. Just make durned sure that there is NOT even ONE tiny ember still in the ash somewhere!

Shaking the (removable) grate is normal and I'll give it a shake every time I open the door to the firebox.


I think you are right on it with the fan. How about if I close the val a little? I have seen in Pic showing fan on ball val that the it looks like it is closed a little? I try. Len

I use the 5 CFM on everything but the Monster, and I use the 10 CFM on the Monster. I always set the ball valve just slightly more closed than it would be for the target temperature. Cuts down on blown ash and with the ball valve completely open, the Stump's Smokers can and will overshoot the Guru's setpoint 'cuz the natural draft can pull air in through the fan even though it's not running.

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 Post subject: Re: Ash Build up at the bottom of the
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while cooking if i keep my ball valve all the way open it will start my smoking wood on fire and burns it up quick and maybe that is burning your charcoal faster and making more ash . i found that if i close the valve about 1/3 of the way and it keeps the wood smoldering and does not burn so fast .

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 Post subject: Re: Ash Build up at the bottom of the
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Perhaps you have a leaky gasket on the cover of the chute causing your fuel to burn before being fed down to the firebox.

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