inexpensive woodstove tools

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Sun, Jan 5, 2014 - 1:22pm

We heat our home with an airtight wood-burning stove. You have to clean the ashes out, and in really cold weather you have to clean out ashes when the stove is running, hot. We have a nice steel ash bucket (a coal hod purchased from a local hardware store for about $15), and we have two ash shovels, both the decorative one and a larger, more practical one. Wood stoves can get up to 2,000 degrees, which will melt and deform cast iron andirons, so we added refractory bricks to keep an airspace under the fuel.

But, by far, the most useful tool we have is a steel kitty litter scoop.

Yes, a metal kitty litter scoop. We use it to sift out the live coals, charcoaled wood, and save them to start a new fire later. It also keeps live coals out of the ash bucket.

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