Cleaning ash off wood

Cleaning ash off wood

PostBy: Philippe23 On: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:29 pm

Hey all,

Looking for any advice as to what to use (or avoid) to clean ash off my log home. About to restain the house, and the side with the power-vent is especially dark from the ash.

(A light pressure washing doesn't seem to get it off.)

Advice?

Thanks!
Philippe23
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: Cleaning ash off wood

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:50 pm

..how about a not so light pressure wash ( full throttle ) with baking soda in the water to neutralize the acidity. my 2 cents.
michaelanthony
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant 2310, gold marc box, vogelzang pot belly
Coal Size/Type: Pea, and a little nut
Other Heating: Very cold FHA oil furnace

Re: Cleaning ash off wood

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:39 pm

smaller area??????????????????/ put some bleach in water( heavy on the bleach)--apply/ soak & just let it dry----maybe, maybe not--I'd try it & see
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: Cleaning ash off wood

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:03 pm

60 grit paper should do it.
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Re: Cleaning ash off wood

PostBy: Philippe23 On: Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:07 pm

Used TSP-PF ("Trisodium phosphate-Phosphate Free", yep: read that a second time) and water with a scrub brush after hosing the logs down. It seems to have worked pretty well.

Most of the suggestions were a little too rough. I wasn't trying to take the old stain off along with the ash! If I was, I'd just have corn-blasted them. And I'm not sure if michaelanthony has a weaker pressure washer than I do: at full throttle I could write my name in the logs for eternity with mine. I was tempted by the baking soda suggestion, but I chickened out.
Philippe23
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III