Generally speaking, a cord of firewood can produce 50 pounds of ashes. For most British family who use log burning stoves or multifuel stoves as heaters to warm their house in the cold winter, they have to think how to deal with those ashes from stoves. Maybe most of people know that they are not all bad, they can be used as fertilizer in garden, yeah, they are nice fertilizer. However, they also have other uses, which are not known to many people. Therefore, we will talk about the uses of wood ash and hope stove users can make good use of them.
Wood ashes have many uses, they are as followed:
1. Can keep your stove warm and don’t cool down immediately
If you read many articles about how to remove the ash from your stoves wood burning, I believe some writers had mentioned a tips in their posts, don’t remove all the ashes from your stove. It is true, because ash is a kind of conductor like cast iron, of course, less than cast iron. But it really can keep your stove warm for a while even if you had extinguished the fire in your stove. Btw, just some ashes should be left in your stove and don’t leave too much, or they will make your stove work inefficiently and waste your fuel at the same time.
2. Can be fire helper when you light the fire next time
If some lumps of charcoal left in your stove, don’t remove them. They can 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.
3. Can be used as green fuel of BBQ
The lumps of charcoal, we mentioned above, also can be used to barbecue in the summer if you are a BBQ enthusiast. They are much better than some commercial products which may contain toxic chemicals. All the things you need to do is save them and store in proper someplace.
4. Nice fertilizer
Wood ash contains 10-25% calcium, 1-4% magnesium, 5-15% potassium, 1-3% phosphorus and other ingredients, thus they are quite beneficial as natural fertilizer. You can use them to increase the PH or alkalinity of soil, so use them sparingly. It is a nice idea to use wood ash as a replacement for lime and potash on your lawn, while don’t apply too much, generally speaking, you shouldn’t apply any more if you had spread 10-15 pounds of ash per 1 000 square feet of lawn.
We just talke about four of wood ash's uses today, we will talk about other uses in next post!