This may be a dumb question. I looked through old posts and there are a TON on woodburning stove so figured someone could give me a quick answer. Ive had a fireplace before. Id build a fire , it would burn for a few hours, and the next time I used it, I would clean out the ash and build a new one. Well, with the woodstove, I am using it a lot more and keeping the fire going for three days straight since its so cold. Well, the ash just keeps building and building. I went to scoop some out but there are embers and glowing coals all mixed in with it. So,lol, Im not sure what is the right way to do this. If I leave all that ash in there, it seems to kind of smother the fire. So am I supposed to just scoop out the ash with the embers and put it in something I can pour water over? Whats the best way to do this? Excuse my ignorance. Thanks for the help.