Fireplace Ash Scoop

Build a fireplace ash
cleaning scoop.

Fireplace Ash
Cleaning Scoop

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 by following
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
scoopl of ashes into the
container at the furthest
corner of the container.

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

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

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

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 air.

Build An Ash Tight
Ash Scoop

Shows main section and top
with the door attached

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
sheet metal screws.

Pre drill pilot holes.

Handle connection

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 hinge 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

Fold on dotted lines


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