Mother's Creosote Catching Ash Trap

Adding an ash trap to the chimney pipe — all you need is a welding torch and some canning jars — will give you a wood stove that's safer and easier to clean.



066 ash trap - secure canning ring
Secure a canning ring over the hole using alligator clips. 
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066 ash trap - creasote pile
Creosote loves to gather in a wood stove's chimney. If your stove's chimney pipe exits horizontally, adding an ash trap at the bend can help you clean the stuff out.
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066 ash trap - cut hole
To build the ash trap, first cut a hole out of a stovepipes section.
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066 ash trap 5 finished assembly
The finished ash trap assembly, with an intact jar installed, looks like this.
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066 ash trap 6 jar filling with creosote
The installed jar will soon fill with black soot.
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066 ash trap - braze ring in place
Screw on an expendable jar (omitted from this photo for illustrative clarity) and braze the ring in place.
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