What To Do With Your Fireplace Ashes

Fireplace Ashes Uses

Over the course of winter, the ashes in your fireplace or woodstove will need to be cleaned out. Because hot embers can remain in the ashes for several days, removing and storing the ashes safely is extremely important. Numerous house fires occur every year due to improperly handled fireplace ashes.ash control with a lidded ash bucket

The best way to store your ashes is in a metal ash bucket with a lid. Simply shovel the ashes out of the fireplace or woodstove into the ash bucket. Store the bucket away from the house and flammable objects for a few days to allow any embers to cool.


Once they have had time to cool, are you wondering what to do with your fireplace ashes?

  • Wood ashes can make a great natural fertilizer. Mix the ashes in with your compost to create a hearty spread for the following spring planting season.
  • Spread ashes on icy sidewalks and driveways to provide traction and help melt ice. Unlike salt, ashes won’t damage concrete.
  • Create a paste of ash and water for a polishing compound. You can remove tarnish from silver and copper and polish stainless steel with this easy and free polish.

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Tom has been writing for the FireplaceMall.com blog since 2011 and has loved sitting in front of the fireplace since he was an itty-bitty boy.

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One comment on “What To Do With Your Fireplace Ashes
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