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Old 02-03-2013, 10:08 AM   #1
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so i tested my new WSM last night and wanted to know if i should clean out the old coals after every run or not untill it fills up ??
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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Clean it out.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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I save the big chunks on the grate and then dump the bowl full of ash. Fill, light, smoke, eat..........repeat
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:31 AM   #4
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Do your best to clean it out. Sometimes I get lazy and put it off for a few days after a cook, but its my understanding that ash + moisture can lead to the ceramic lining eating away.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:33 AM   #5
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If you let it get too full, it affects the air flow around the coals on the grate. You could probably get by with not emptying the ash after one cook, but I would not go beyond that.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:58 AM   #6
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coo thanks
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:01 PM   #7
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I always try to clean my WSMs the next day after a cook.
I save all the charcoal peices that don't fall through the grate for the next cook. I then dump the ashes and brush the bottom out.

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #8
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Similar to shaking out a UDS coal basket I've seen WSM mods where you can easily sift ash.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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Clean out and keep the unlit coals.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #10
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clean it!
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:37 AM   #11
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Ash + Moisture = Rust

The charcoal pan though covered in ceramic is subject to high temps and will be subject to rust over time.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #12
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Not sure if others will agree, but I'd say clean it,or at least dump it

I would reuse unburned lump,but if using briquettes, dump it all
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