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Ash from the fire
Fri 2-Dec-11
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bobbyW
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What can I do with it? I burn a mixture of logs and smokeless fuel (Firebrite or Taybrite). I've been filling the potholes in the lane with it, or putting it in the brown rubbish bin.
My researching on the web says it's no good for composting because of trace elements
I'm wondering if I could mix it with cement instead of sand to make breeze block sized bricks or paving slabs. Seems a shame to waste it.

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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not sure but maybe make up a small batch and see. I only burn wood so it goes on the garden or in the compost bin

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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Good question Bob! I did a little snooping, and found a couple of ideas that I didn't know either.

 

http://www.ehow.com/facts_4914975_uses-fireplace-ashes.html

 

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1581470,00.html

 

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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I am going to try putting it in the duck pond which is very green...thanks to the ducks there are now no plants!

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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I've been using it in winter on an icy path for year, trouble is, when the ice melts away, you still have the ash to dispose of.
I did put hot ashes into a deep puddle last year, the birds had their very own hot tub big_laugh

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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I used to use it to grit the paths in winter too. Just a quick look would seem to suggest that using it in concrete is a good optioncheers

Sat 3-Dec-11
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I've researched this for years trying to find a good way of using up, I use the wood stove ashes on the compost, but the coal ash is full of all sorts of nasties. I'm sure when I researched using it in concrete, there was some sort of chemical problem, but it was ages ago and can't remember.

We use it to grit the paths over winter, but then yes, it has to be swept up afterwards.

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It seems the choice is to either bag and bin it....or ......being the devil that I am.......putting it in the potholes again on the unmade road. Oh what delight when the moron from up the lane speeds through an ash filled puddle in her just washed car!
Hopefully when she realises, she'' slew up abit bah as we say big_laugh 

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Like it! I have so much muck and mud dropped by tractors there is no space for my ash!

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