Amen brother (or sister). Your my kind person. Keep clean is my motto. That way one should never have a problem. I use a RIDGID shop vac and 18” heavy duty aluminum foil. Never had a problem in the 12 years I have been using Traeger’s.I hear ya. I also have a wish list lol. As far as ash clean out goes I use a bucket head vacuum and I don't find it bad at all to keep clean. I clean and change foil the day after ever cook. I remove grates and clean regardless. It never crosses my mind that I may have a grease fire and I have no reason to worry about it. Never any old ash being blown into our food....never old grease burning and no foul smelling grease tainting the new game. It gives me a piece of mind that all is clean and no fuel to start a flame up. My Ironwood is working out well so far and I agree there are always areas to improve.....Just my $0.02. Cheers!
Another sneak peak of this new grill coming out in January:
Pit Boss Platinum Series Grills | KC COMBO
I'm digging the side burner/sear station!