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Offline derricktung

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Sieve for coal/ash?
« on: July 14, 2013, 08:36:36 AM »
All,

I'm trying to find a way to easily separate the coal from the ash in my oven... is there any equipment or tricks out there that people use to do this?

Right now, I've been pulling out small amounts with a shovel, separating the larger coal pieces by hand, and then tossing the smaller pieces out with the ash (no easy way to sift). 

I was thinking about taking a cheap baking pan and drilling small holes in it, or possibly a bucket and drilling small holes throughout to act as a sieve to help keep the good coal still... but I didn't know if there would be a better approach or equipment out there that someone already has created/uses?

Any advice?

Thanks!


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Re: Sieve for coal/ash?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 08:46:45 AM »
1/4x1/4 Hardware cloth works great.  it is HDG, but that burns off quickly.

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Re: Sieve for coal/ash?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2013, 12:39:52 PM »
I assume that HDG stands for "Hot-Dipped Galvanized".

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Re: Sieve for coal/ash?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2013, 01:21:08 PM »
Yes, and it is poisonous as hell, so you want to get it burned off before you start using the charcoal produced.

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Re: Sieve for coal/ash?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2013, 01:47:54 PM »
Yup, throw it in a fire, hit it with a torch, or dip it in some muriatic acid before you use it for food.
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Re: Sieve for coal/ash?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2013, 08:33:45 PM »
Interesting...

So before I had a chance to read responses, I was in RD and noticed some deep fry basket made of stainless steel.  They're about the diameter of the 10 gallon buckets, so I picked one up to see whether it would work.  I'll likely give it a try and let you know.

Thanks for the suggestions!