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Old 01-22-2016   #1
 
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Recommended size for ash can

Just got my own fire pan and I'm wondering what size ammo can (or other container) folks are using for ashes. Most of my trips are shorter or smaller family affairs, with some larger groups on occasion. Thanks for the input.

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Old 01-22-2016   #2
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An average size ammo can, like you keep your personal stuff in, may be enough for short, small trips, a full rocket box is what I've all way's used.
Also, if you have plenty of groover space on the trip, you can add some ash to that container, it will help desiccate the poo, and keep the smell down.
Just make sure you have plenty of space to pack out ash, ehre on side of bigger container.
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50 cal ammo can is fine for any trip as long as you are a burn it down all the way type of guy. You can always dump the cold ashes from the can in the trash the next day if the can starts to get full. If you like to have massive fires, have big chunks left over, or you dont want ashes in the trash, you may want to go with the rocket box. I usually pack charcoal in the ash can so it has a double use.
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My NRS fire pan is easily dumped into a rocket box as it's just a little smaller, width wise. You can stick the end of it in when dumping it. As long as it's metal......any box should work.

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Pour a little river water in it and dump the slurry into the trash.
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My fire pan IS my ash container. 55 gallon drum cut down to 6" tall, rewelded. Open head drum with reclosable lid, smaller diameter hoop stored inside to elevate pan off dirt, lid used as head shield under ring. Fire out cold, snap on watertight lid, stow, repeat.
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Good tip, about ashes going into the groover, but be sure that it's ash only, without charcoal pieces.

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An average size ammo can, like you keep your personal stuff in, may be enough for short, small trips, a full rocket box is what I've all way's used.
Also, if you have plenty of groover space on the trip, you can add some ash to that container, it will help desiccate the poo, and keep the smell down.
Just make sure you have plenty of space to pack out ash, ehre on side of bigger container.
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If you line your fire pan with the previous nights ashes so that everything gets burned completely you will greatly reduce the amount you are generating. I like to use a 20 mm ammo can. You can keep a bag filled with charcoal in there too. As you use the charcoal you gain room for ash.


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I put my ashes in a 1/2 gal paint can that I put in a 1 gal paint can. I re burn my ashes every night. Dump them out of the can on the fire pan and build a new fire on top the next day. Works good for me.
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A 20mm rocket box is the easiest if you have space in your raft. Like others said, a rocket box is big and easy to dump the ashes in. And can keep charcoal dry. One rocket box should be good for like a weeks worth of fires if you reburn big pieces. Granted on a December grand trip my group filled 5 in 18 days (big party group and a 4'x4' fire pan)

I like dirtbagkayaker's method, I may try it if I ever go light where a ash can is required. You could just use a small can to snuff it out and mix with the trash.

Here on the east coast ash cans are not used where fires are allowed. Most area have campsites with established rock circles or fit pits. Even fires on fresh ground. The ashes breakdown and disappear in a year or two. Only problem out here are the a-holes leaving the beer bottles and cans.
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