Friday, November 5, 2010

hacked ash shovel

This perforated ash shovel isn't an necessity but it is a nice hearth tool to have. After lusting for one last heating season hubby made me one out of our old ash shovel. He would have made it sooner but I wanted to wait until I could replace it with a new ash shovel so I could have both one with holes & one without to clean out the stove. Shopped both tag sales & retail stores - ended up buying new in early Summer when hearth accessories are clearanced, for $2.99 about a dollar more than the used ash shovel we bought @ a flea market.

The perforated ash shovel is nice to have when we have the wood stove fired up 24/7. Before our method of picking out the large embers was to put all the ash in the ash bucket then use old kitchen tongs to pick out the large embers throwing them back into the firebox to start a new fire. The tongs got hot quickly. Not to mention that all that handling of hot embers was a safety issue. And the CO2 detector enviably would alarm.

Thank you my husband.

~~ pelenaka ~~


  1. You're welcome darling. It only took 20 minutes with a hammer and punch on the anvil. That's one of the advantages of having a fully equipped workshop.

  2. Luv me a man with a fully equipped workshop !

  3. Thank you. How's it hanging in your hood?

  4. Did you know that you can use your wood ash to clean brass & copper? Just dip a dampened cloth into the wood ash, rub the item and rinse with warm soapy water. Dry. Works a treat!

  5. Dani, I had no clue. Now to find some copper. Brass is ammo but we don't shine it.
    Wood ash also does a good job of scrubbing the window in the wood stove clean.
    Hmm should do a post on the many uses of wood ash.

  6. Check out for a great ash shovel. Clean out your stove with one scoop and NO dust flying around!!!

  7. Wow, really Anonymous. 2 things - one the firebox on my woodstove isn't big enough to use your concraptsion, and second really $59.99 wow did I mention in my blog post that my shovel only cost $2.99 ?
    Hey u spammed me not the other way around. Guess u didn't realize that this is a blog about being a fugal homesteader.


Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest