A few years ago while shoveling ashes out of the stove I had an idea-- how about a "shovel" with a built in auger? Came up with this and it works good for me. I put a wet rag over the opening and crank away. All the ashes in my stove go thru a grate, otherwise there'd be chunks that would jam the auger. There can be hot embers going into this, I empty it out far from buildings.