Ash Scoop Plans

Information is provided to help keep
the ashes from invading a room when
cleaning a fireplace.
There is also information provided for
cutting and gathering firewood.

Fireplace Ash Cleaning

Remove Ashes Mess Free

Fireplace Cleaning

Wood ashes are very fine and when they
are disturbed, they take flight, especially
when hot.

When removing ashes from a home wood
burning stove or fireplace, reduce ash
from spilling out into the room follow
this method.

Let the ashes cool, modestly fill each
scoop full, and slowly draw it out of
the stove, tip the metal holding container,
and slowly lower the shovelful of ashes
into the container at the furthest corner.

Instead of dumping the ashes directly into
the metal container, lower the shovel to
the bottom at the far side of the container.

Bring the handle of the scoop upward and
draw the shovel back towards you,
unloading the ashes n the same manner a
dump truck unloads its load of dirt.

Use a sliding motion, moving the shovel
towards you as the ashes slide off the

This procedure prevents air movement
below the ashes during dumping.

By allowing the ashes to cool first also
helps prevent ashes from rising into the

Build An Ash Tight Scoop

Ash Scoop
Improved Ash Scoop
Shows main section and top with the door
improved ashscoop

This scoop is constructed out of heavy
sheet metal, that can be cut with
aviation sheers (barely).

Top with door in place, on main assembly,
secure with 1/2 inch metal screws.
Pre drill pilot holes.

improved ashscoop

Handle connection
improved ashscoop handle

Connect handle before placing top in place.

Top and door on
improved ashscoop top and bottom
Curl 1/8 inch rods, 2 inches in length, to
make rings, silver braze the joints.

A piano hindge would also work well
in the place of rings.

Shows handle in place,
The handle has heat shrink tubing for
improved ashscoop handle

Handle is 15 inch pipe.
Drill holes for bolts before splitting pipe.

Ash scoop diagram, main assemble
ashscoop diagram of main assembly

Fold on dotted lines

Wood hauling cart
wood hauling cart


To build your own wood hauling cart look
for a small inexpensive cart.
Add acouple of front bars to hold the wood.
Bolt the bars to the cart's bottom frame.

Add a wood strip down the back center
of the cart frame, to keep short pieces
of wood from falling through.

Home Hardware and Canadian
Tire stores sell these small carts.

Cutting Firewood


Electric chainsaws are light and work well
for cutting smaller trees and their limbs.

Movement is restricted to the electric cord.

Electric chainsaws for the home owner vary
in size from 10 inches to a 16 inches blade.

Both the electric power and gas chainsaw
require chain lubricating oil when operating
the saw.

Typical brand names are, Poulan, Homelite,
Echo, Mc Culloch, Stihl, and Husqvarna.

Price usually dictates the quality of the saw.

The same safety practices used with gas
and electric chainsaws.

Gas Chainsaws

Gas chainsaws are powered by two-cycle
gas engines, they develop greater power
than electric chainsaws, and are heavier in

Bar lubricating oil and gas/oil mixture is
required when running this saw.

Ear protection is required when running the
saw, because of the noise level.

The cutting chain tension needs to be
sharpened and re-tensioned periodically.

The air cleaner needs cleaning daily, and
the saw needs cleaning of sawdust.

A sharp cutting chain, is a safer saw,
a file, tooth gauge, and file guide are
required to sharpen correctly and


Iron wedges are used to split blocks of
wood. A sledge hammer is used to drive
the wedge into the wood.

Plastic wedges are used when falling a tree,
the wedge is driven into a partial cut, to
prevent pinching of the chainsaw blade
and bar.
Once the cut is 3/4 cut through the tree,
the saw is removed and the wedge
is driven deeper, causing the tree to lean
and fall over.

Splitting Maul

The splitting maul is basically a heavy
wedge with an attached handle.
Usually one swing of the maul, is all that
is required to split the wood block.
A sledge hammer can be used to strike
the flat side of the maul, to drive the
maul through the wood.

Hydraulic Wood-Splitter

Hydraulic wood splitters can be driven by
gas engine or electric power.
Home owner size electric hydraulic
wood-splitters are available to rent or buy.

Safety Equipment

Hard hat.

Safety glasses.

Hearing protection.

Leather gloves.

Good solid leather boots to promote
footing stability, and protection.

Safety chainsaw legging chaps.

Work with a partner.


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