Mike - yeah, that's one of the things we need to improve. I am researching ash vacuums. Right now I'm shoveling it into a metal bucket, but ash does escape and spread... I figured we should buy the hot ash vacuum because it is more versatile, but they are expensive, so I need to really compare before I buy one. We need that, and a rack or floor-holder for peels, and a fireproof rug for in front of the door, sooner than later. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement!