As we all know, even the best wood burning stove leaves ashes after burning. The type of wood that you burn can directly reflect the amounts of wood ash that you will be left with. And there will always be ashes remaining with a wood fire.
One question that has confused most people might be the ash removal. Would it be a good idea to remove wood ash from the fireplace or wood burning stove every time you build a fire? In fact, it is really a bad idea. You are suggested to maintain a 1-inch layer of ash on the firebox during the regular heating season. Then you’ll find this layer of wood ash you leaf is helpful to allow you build and maintain a fire in an easier way.
Hot coals are prone to nestle into the ash and glow, adding much more heat to the fuel and then reflecting the heat back into the fire. What’s more, as another benefit of the small layer of wood ash, it will help to protect the floor of the firebox.
For a fireplace owner, you don’t want to make sure you are allowing your wood ash to accumulate that deep enough and come in contact with the fireplace grate. If it really happens, for one thing, airflow of your fire will be prohibited. For another, your grate can burn out early because of exposure to the excessive heat.
For a wood burning stove owner, the amount of wood that can be added to the firebox is greatly decreased by the large amounts of wood ash left in the firebox. However, if the ashes are totally cleared out, you will be troubled to start a fire as usual. It is because the fire will really take off after you first heat up all of the brick in the firebox.
Naturally, another question comes. When is the best time to remove wood ash completely from firebox? The answer is at the end of the burning season. You would not like your fireplace or wood burning stove to be full of ashes when you don’t use it. Wood ash, actually, can draw in moisture and potentially rust metal components in your fireplace or wood burning stove.