Yes, this is an unusual view—gazing straight into the tr/ash can. What you see here is the accumulated ash from two months of operation. Not much. This is a 21-gallon can, and you can see from the lower photo that the bottom is filled somewhere between 5 and 6″.
As we get into the colder part of the winter, this will fill faster, but it is still rather remarkable how little waste there is when burning premium wood pellets with this equipment.
Of course, this can’t even be considered waste, as it can serve as wonderful fertilizer for plants.