Inventive Uses for Wood Ash

Discover two new uses for wood ash.


| December 2013/January 2014


We use a woodstove in our five-bedroom home for supplemental heat and to help keep our cold, damp basement more comfortable. During late fall and winter, we go through about one cord of wood per month, which results in a sizeable annual accumulation of ash and small pieces of charcoal.

We researched creative uses for wood ash and charcoal pieces, and we’ve found that the ash makes an excellent de-icer on our brick and asphalt surfaces. The crushed charcoal pieces can be used as biochar, which enhances the beneficial microbe community in our compost bin.

John Atwell
Oakton, Virginia





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