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Old 08-06-2012   #1
 
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Newbie question - Ash cans?

Seeking wisdom... I know about fire restrictions. Trying to get a jump start on gear for next year.

I'm curious where most people store their ashes? 50 cal ammo can? What works best?

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For overnight trips using 14ft raft.
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50 mil would work great.. I use the 20mm rocket box for 5 nights and its just about perfect..
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I have been using a Vittles Vault for the past two years. I added tie down handles for securement in the boat. It's light weight, holds a lot, and has a generous opening for dumping in the ashes. It is plastic, so you must dump your ashes in the morning when they are cold. We do a ton of DO cooking, but aren't really into the nightly campfire. I've found that we never come close to filling the VV, so for my next trip I'll be using a medium size ammo can. It will take up a little bit less room in the boat than the VV. I'll see how I like it.
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As an aside to this discussion, one trick is to strain the ashes and then carry any chunks of charcoal to the next campsite where you can use it in the fire the next night. This way you're never carrying more than one night's worth of ash and charcoal.
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Nice trick Andy, thanks for the tip. Did you have a good run last weekend?
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Cat litter scoopers work great for this, as long as the fire is cold
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Great stuff! Thank you all for your replies.
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As an aside to this discussion, one trick is to strain the ashes and then carry any chunks of charcoal to the next campsite where you can use it in the fire the next night. This way you're never carrying more than one night's worth of ash and charcoal.
Most rangers in Lodore/Yampa area wouldn't be happy hearing about ash in the river. Most ash gets collected in eddies and it looks like crap until next high season hits.

I personally dump all ash, left over burnt wood and dump the remains from the fire blanket into 20mm ammo can. Then the next night dump it back onto firepan and reburn it. Nothing goes in the river.

We usually have 2-3 ammo cans designated for ash and trash. It works great bringing charcoal in an ammo can for your assigned dinners and then using that ammo can for ash collection. Whoever cooks first night starts the ash or trash ammo can, then when gets full, start another.

Ammo cans work great for ash, especially if it's still hot. I just put the whole ammo can in the river to cool it off and if it's really hot, pour some river water inside. 5 mins and the hot ash is ready to get packed in the boat.

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Most rangers in Lodore/Yampa area wouldn't be happy hearing about ash in the river. Most ash gets collected in eddies and it looks like crap until next high season hits.

I personally dump all ash, left over burnt wood and dump the remains from the fire blanket into 20mm ammo can. Then the next night dump it back onto firepan and reburn it. Nothing goes in the river.

We usually have 2-3 ammo cans designated for ash and trash. It works great bringing charcoal in an ammo can for your assigned dinners and then using that ammo can for ash collection. Whoever cooks first night starts the ash or trash ammo can, then when gets full, start another.

Ammo cans work great for ash, especially if it's still hot. I just put the whole ammo can in the river to cool it off and if it's really hot, pour some river water inside. 5 mins and the hot ash is ready to get packed in the boat.

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While I'm not Andy, I'm guessing he means straining the ash into an ash container and then saving the big stuff for the next's night fire.
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