Fireplace Ash Cleaning
Remove Ashes Mess Free
Wood ashes are very fine and when they
are disturbed, they take flight, especially
When removing ashes from a home wood
burning stove or fireplace, reduce ash
from spilling out into the room follow
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,
Build your own ash scoop, with a closeable
lid. Use a metal olive oil tin or equivalent
To build your ash scoop. Remove the top
with a can opener, and flatten the
complete top outer edge of the container
with a hammer, to prevent any sharp
Make a metal lid from piece of sheet
metal, make it about a quarter of an inch
larger than the top of the top of the olive
oil container, so that when the lid is
closed it covers the entire opening of the
If the tin your are making the lid out
of is very thin, then fold the edges of the
sheet metal lid about one eight of an inch
around the complete outer edge, this
makes it more sturdy, and helps to
maintain its shape.
Drill two matching holes for the wire
hinges in the olive oil container, and
lid, about three quarters of an inch in
from the outside edge of the lid edge.
Make the hinges from thin iron wire or
paper clips, twist the ends of the wire
inside the container.
The loop should be large enough
to allow the lid to swing easy, and yet not
be to sloppy.
Wire hinges are circled in black
Ash Scoop Use Instructions
Let the fire go out and leave time for the
ashes to cool.
To use the ash scoop, open and fold the
lid all the way back onto the top of the
container, slide the scoop into the stove,
scoop up the ashes until the ash scoop is
just about full.
Slide the scoop back a little towards
yourself, reach into the stove, and flip
the lid closed on the scoop, before
Shake off any ashes off the outside of the
container while it is still in the stove,
bring out the container upright, with the
Carry the full container of ashes to the
outside of the house, and dump into a
metal container for disposal.
If the ashes are still hot, use a pair of
leather welding gloves or equivalent, to
prevent burns to your hands.
Place another old leather glove on the
bottom while carrying, so there is now
two layers of leathers between the hot
metal and your hand, when you carry it.
About four trips is all that is required to
clean out the fireplace.
When the ash removal is completed,
look around and see how mess
free the house is, you will appreciate
the time and effort put into building this
When you open the stove door and excess
smoke exits the firebox, it is a good
indication that your chimney needs to be
A Little More Serious
Okay we tried our ash scoop, with the can,
it works. Lets build a better one.
Improved Ash Scoop
Shows main section and top with the door
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.
Connect handle before placing top in place.
Top and door on
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
Handle is 15 inch pipe.
Drill holes for bolts before splitting pipe.
Ash scoop diagram, main assemble
Fold on dotted lines
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.
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
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 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
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.
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 splitters can be driven by
gas engine or electric power.
Home owner size electric hydraulic
wood-splitters are available to rent or buy.
Good solid leather boots to promote
footing stability, and protection.
Safety chainsaw legging chaps.
Work with a partner.
Making Kindling Tips.
Calculate Cords of Wood.