How to Clean Ash Out of Your Grill with Wood Barbecue Shovel
Whether you use charcoal, cooking wood, smoking chunks or any combination thereof, your grill accumulate ash each time you cook on it. Unfortunately, you can't just leave this ash sitting in the bottom of your grill. If you cook on a grill that's filled with ash, some of it may end up on your food — and ash doesn't have a particularly satisfying flavor. Regardless of what food you are grilling, it will have a chalky, bitter flavor if it's directly exposed to ash.
Furthermore, allowing ash to accumulate may cause your grill to rust. Ash itself is very dry, but it will absorb moisture from its environment. As moisture soaks into the ash, it will encourage rusting, which can literally eat holes through the bottom of your grill. To prevent these and other related problems, you need to clean the ash out of your grill with wood barbecue shovel each time you use it.
Wait 48 Hours
Wait for at least 48 hours after using your grill to remove the ash. Even if your grill is no longer smoking, the ash may still be hot. And attempting to clean hot ash could result in either bodily injury in the form of burns or property damage in the form of a fire. You can make your grill cool down more quickly by completing closing all the dampers, though it's still recommended that you wait a full 48 hours. By waiting at least 48 hours, the ash should be completely cool.
Clean the Ash Tray
Assuming your grill has an ash tray, you should clean it first. Also known as an ash pan, it's typically found underneath your grill's main fuel compartment. The ash tray purpose is to catch most of the ash produced by your grill. When the charcoal or wood burns above it, most of the ash will fall into this tray. To clean the ash tray, pull it out of your grill and dump the contents into a garbage bin or container made of a noncombustible material, such as aluminum.
Scoop Ash Out of Grill
After cleaning the ash tray, you should scoop out any remaining ash from your grill's main fuel compartment. There are handheld metal scooping tools designed specifically for the removal of ash. Using one of these shovel-like tools, you can easily scoop out the ash and transfer it to a noncombustible container. If you don't own a scooping tool, you can use an empty coffee container. Just scoop as much ash from the bottom of your grill as possible, and dump it into a noncombustible container.
Brush Out Any Lingering Ash
You won't able to remove all the ash from your grill simply by scooping it. Some ash will inevitably linger in the corners and other hard-to-reach spaces. While trace amounts of ash shouldn't cause any problems, you can easily remove it using a wood barbecue shovel. You don't any special type of brush.