With my Hitzer 50-93--In season, I tend every 12 hrs & empty the ash pan either every 24 or 36 hrs. Remember Anthony, hand fired take more work then any of them girly-guy stoves---BUT--no problem with power outages which I have out here pretty often, they burn damn near anything. I personally have no problem with tending to the ash pan, but my disposal method keeps me real close to the house. Hell, I just make a pile in one of the flower beds & tend to the actual spreading, filling holes, etc. come spring. Not hard to do all that out here plus I've got a 1 ton dump, my large lawn tractor or 8N tractor & a roller to simplify the task. PS, by the way very few ashes miss the ash pan, I'm just careful to set it in the right place. With my stove, it's as far to the left as I can get.
My only far to the left venture!