I recently had my fireplace inspected and started using it again.
I went to clean the ash out and noted I had an ash dump door. This door appears to be stuck. I expect to be able to open it from the inside and just shovel the ashes down into the cleanout.
How do I correctly open the ash dump door? Just lever it open with a poker?
If the door is stuck how do I safely unstick it? OK to use normal techniques as long as I clean up well and let any flammable solvents evaporate before the next fire?
I am somewhat annoyed that the inspection didn't catch this, but thats another question.