How to Dispose of Wood Ash

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a wood burning stove in your home, it undoubtedly produces wood ash that you must dispose of. The process of burning a cord of wood will leave you with 22.7kg. of wood ash to deal with. Depending on where you live and the soil conditions in your climate, you may have a lot of options for disposing of--or even reusing--the wood ash your stove produced.

Remove wood ashes from your stove and store them in a fireproof bucket or bin.

Call your local state agricultural department and ask if there are any concerns in your area with adding wood ashes to your garden or landscape. In areas with highly alkaline soil, wood ash can create imbalances in the soil, but in other areas, wood ash can add valuable nutrients to gardens.

Mix wood ash in with your compost. Sprinkle a handful of ashes over the compost before you add it to your soil. Add 1/4 cup of wood ash to the planting holes for your tomatoes, as these plants thrive on the extra calcium. Make a line of wood ash around your garden to help keep slugs away. If you have a garden pond, add a tablespoon of wood ash for every 1,000 gallons of water to help control pond algae.

Use leftover wood ashes for cleaning and other domestic purposes. A damp sponge dipped in the ashes will clean soot from around your fireplace. During the winter, sprinkle wood ash on icy spots to use as a cheap and safe de-icer. Mix water and ash into a paste to make a cheap, effective silver polish.

Dispose of any remaining wood ashes in your regular trash. Make sure the ashes are completely cold. Place them in a garbage bag and add it to your dustbin.

Things You'll Need

  • Fireproof bucket or bin
  • Garbage bag
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