coal ash

coal ash

PostBy: iquitos On: Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:50 am

Any body out there have any good suggestions for getting rid of anthracite coal ash? Can you compost it? Is it harmful to the enviroment?
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: blrman07 On: Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:43 am

I live in the shamokin Pa. area. We take it to the township and they use it on the roads as nonskid. Greatest traction grabber for ice and snow you ever saw. It's not compost material, it is acidic, it does not breakdown.
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: WNY On: Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:19 pm

Do a search on ASH DISPOSAL, been discussed and many uses.....
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: iquitos On: Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:29 pm

thanks Dave
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:25 pm

Oh damn, I've been tossing it out with the rest of the stuff I toss in my compost pile. Should I not be doing this? Am I going to damage something? Will I kill the tree next to where I dump the ash?
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:01 pm

put it this way--a couple of times last year I damn sure wasen't going off the porch--snowin & blowin like a bastard--soooo,I just dumped a couple of 5 gall.. pails of ash on top of one of the flower gardens & everything came back up just fine in the spring---I did rake it around & smoothed it out after the snow got gone :)
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: Berlin On: Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:06 pm

coal ash is slightly acidic depending on the particular coal you're burning, but no it won't harm anything. The trace elements and minerals in coal ash are comparable to the soil in general; unlike wood ash, it's basically coarse sand so it won't do much to help your compost.
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:54 pm

I once had an old house that burned coal for many years and the previous owners just dumped the ash in the back yard. I wanted to plant a hedge of Arborvitae but when I dug a trench I found almost all coal ash. The hedge grew fine.
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:52 pm

I have been building it up along my garage to raise the yard a bit, the weeds love it!!
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: david78 On: Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:00 pm

Plenty of plants, like arborvitae, prefer an acidic soil, so coal ash might actually be beneficial for those.
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:59 pm

I have a coal ash mountain near my house (all from me :lol: ). In the summer, you'd never know it was there. Everything from grass to picker bushes grow in and around it.

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Re: coal ash

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:43 am

Just do not put in on concrete, it will eat it away. Otherwise use it as fill, or give it to your local trash hauler. Presently I am using to build a ramp to my new coal storage shed.
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: blrman07 On: Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:54 am

Here in the Trevorton/Shamokin Pa. area the coal ash was used to MAKE concrete. Not unusual to find "ash block" walls or ashcrete as mortar for stone walls.

I have a stack of ashcrete building blocks that I kept when I took a wall down in the back yard area. You can clearly see the ash and small pieces of anthracite coal in the block.
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: snuffy On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:04 am

I'm thinking about selling 10lb bags in the city as a cheaper alternative to rock salt. Think it'll work?
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Re: coal ash

PostBy: Short Bus On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:16 am

I think it would track into a house, maybe.
I bagged some of my clinkers and they ride around in my truck to help if I get stuck in the snow.
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