No matter what you have, a wood stove, an open fireplace or even a pellet stove, you will have to regularly remove the ash. One of the big complaints home owners have about heating with wood is the mess that can be generated – bark and dirt brought in on the fire wood or ash from clearing up.
Nowadays, modern stoves are usually designed with ingenious moving grates and trays to make ash clearing easier and some simple tools can help keep the place tidy.
What do you do with your wood ashes? The ashes left behind from woodburning stoves are also a valuable and versatile by-product – don’t just throw them away indiscriminately. It doesn’t take much imagination to bag up your wood ashes and just throw them in the garbage. But wood ashes can be used for other things that you may don’t know. Here are some ideas to do with your wood ashes. I list the main two good usage.
Fire helper. Lumps of charcoal shouldn’t be removed from your fireplace if possible, which will help kick along your next fire and get it cranking out decent heat far faster than if a fire is just started with wood alone. You could also save it and use it for summer barbecues, instead of commercial products that sometimes have toxic chemicals added. Don’t you think this is such a wonderful usage of the ashes.
Ice. You can use them like you would sand on ice in winter. If it is slippery on your walkway or driveway, at this time, you can spread ashes of flueless fireplace on them to help the ice melt. Wood ashes spread on ice help the ice to melt and make the ice surface less slippery just like sand does. With the sun hits the wood ashes the dark color in the ashes helps the sun to warm up the darker area faster then a white area so the ice under the ashes melts.
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