still not sorry I bought the auger. This year I am only on my second bucket of ashes. Don't know if it's my mixture of wood, the proper dryness or the year. We had a fairly mild winter so that might have been a part of it. This year the ashes are nothing but powder. Rake them around every day and there is very little else to do. Every couple weeks just put the bucket under and auger them out.
I am burning a mixture of ash, wild cherry and some elm. The bigger portion is ash. Lots of dead or dying ash in my woods.
Looks like I will have enough for several years.