Ash Disposal

Ash Disposal

PostBy: Perky On: Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:36 pm

Here's an article that was in my local paper today.


http://www.timesleader.com/news/A_trash__lsquo_coal_rsquo_-lection_tradition_12-08-2009.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.


That was the routine for many years when coal was the primary heating fuel in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Before people switched to oil or gas or electricity to heat their homes, coal was burned in huge furnaces in most residences. Burning coal left ash residue that had to be lugged out of the cellar and to the curb or the garden, or to provide traction for your snowed-in vehicle.

Decades later, some homes still burn coal for heat. Many municipalities pick up the ashes during regular garbage collection, but some collect the ashes separately. Duryea Borough collects thousands of pounds of ashes per week during the colder months.
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Perky
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak/1375

Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:09 pm

Perky there's directions here on quoting articles, due to copyright you cannot upload whole articles like that and especially not images from the article.

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Our town still collects them too.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: Perky On: Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:15 pm

Sorry about that! :oops:
Thought it was a cool article though.
The paper has a limit on how long you can access an article. Will the link expire?
Perky
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: Kodiak/1375


Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:35 pm

I don't know if it expires, isn't anything I can do about it.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: wlape3 On: Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:36 pm

When I was a kid my uncle used to put out the ashes almost every day. He had a big octopus unit in the basement that burned stove coal. They also used to put it in the garden and around the bushes. In those days you could dig out enough coal to heat your house from the mine tailings in the middle of town. These were gigantic heaps of rocks and mine slag.

The heaps are gone now but I wonder if they still collect ashes. In those days most people heated with coal.
wlape3
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: 140 auger, forced hot air

Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: duryeaburner On: Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:17 am

thanx for the article. I must have missed that issue. As I live in Duryea, was wondering if they still picked of ashes and now my question is answered with out even asking. What a great forum.
duryeaburner
 
Stove/Furnace Make: locke
Stove/Furnace Model: warm morning 400b

Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:04 pm

Our garbage collection will pick up anything, so long as its bagged.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: gaw On: Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:24 pm

I think they still collect ashes in the towns near me. I have not taken notice lately but I have seen ash tubs setting by the curb before. You set your tubs to the curb and they empty them into a small dump truck. The boroughs and townships put them on the road in the winter. I take mine to our township building where they have a big pile that people can dump on. This time of year they mix them with salt to use for antiskid.
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: Ash Disposal

PostBy: Barnzy On: Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:40 pm

For the first time, just for the heck of it, I put 3 tubs at curbside last night just to see
if our garbage collector would take them and at 6 AM they were dumped straight into the packer.

A few years back, we we permitted to dump ashes at the Township Garage on a pile that was
mixed with anti skid, but they put a halt to this.
A Township supervisor said they had to stop this due to toxins from the ash on the roads getting into the ground water.
Barnzy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM AP-520-1
Coal Size/Type: Rice -- Anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: AP-520-1