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Badly designed charcoal forge


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OK I had a look at my charcoal forge just now after it had cooled off and I have noticed a serious design flaw. Namely no way to clean ash that drops in the air pipe. On the plus side the charcoal I use isn't leaving huge clinkers. Only a handful after a full days work. Any tips on a work around for the ash problem would be appreciated. So far it seems to mostly be filling the gaps between the hebel bricks and acting as extra refractory.

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Most folks using that design just unscrew the end cap and blow out the ash, or push it out with a rag on a stick.  Charcoal ash is pretty light, it shouldn't give you much problem with getting into the pipe to begin with.  I mean yes, some will always get in there, but it shouldn't be enough to cause problems.

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Can you drill the end of it at the forge end and thread it for a bolt, then you can take the bolt out and put the air hose in to blow any ash out through the elbow that you would unscrew.

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