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All utensils in the Mikdash had multiple copies. It's an explicit Mishna in Chagiga - last Mishna (3:8), actually: כל הכלים שהיו במקדש, היו להם שניים ושלישים; אם נטמאו הראשונים, יביאו השניים תחתיהן. So they surely had a few large containers and they could use them all if needed. As to why they covered the coals? As you said, you don't want ...
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