Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: skobydog On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:49 pm

besides getting rid of the ash?

If I step in the ashes around the barrel I have outside I end up tracking it back into the house especially when it's wet. I see people put it in their driveways. Doesn't it get tracked back into the house? Does it create more of a mess in the driveway itself?

I can easily dump it down in the woods behind my house but if it serves a purpose I'll use it another way.
skobydog
 
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: sperry On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:01 pm

As soon as the sun hits the dark ashes solar power makes quick work of melting the packed snow down to the gravel again ;)
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: tsb On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:07 pm

In my opinion, ash on the driveway is just a mess.
Mushy in the winter and dusty in the summer.
Spread them thinly in the woods. The grass and weeds
will grow through in the spring. The rain will wash the
clay minerals out and help the soil.
tsb
 
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:10 pm

Some people fill low spots in a dirt and stone driveway. Other than that, if your driveway is sloped and it gets icy, it makes excellent traction. You may need to keep a barrel with lid to keep it dry somewhere in the vicinity to use as a traction helper on an icy sloped driveway. Personally I've been leery of using it as driveway filler since its known to become acidic in the stove and flue pipe when moisture gets to it. I would be afraid it would act as a catalyst to promote deterioration of metals on my vehicle. Others say that's not an issue. :lol:
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:17 pm

I too have thought about the acidity of ashes and what that may do to my vehicle, but more than likely the likelihood of your ashes rusting your vehicle is slim to none. The liquid rust(brine) solution they put on the roads do the real damage to your vehicle. My ashes make nice bank filler behind the house , big ole 10ft deep by 10 ft wide old creek bed needs some embankment rebuilt every so often.
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:26 pm

My driveway is gravel and I cannot plow it completely clean in the winter. Snow ends up getting packed down and melts during the day and freezes at night. I spread ash during this time of year, saves me from my annual fall on the ice. Other times of year I add to the ash mountain I am building out back.
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: skobydog On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:35 pm

I got my tractor/snowblower stuck a couple of weeks ago and threw some ash under the tires........didn't do much.

I'll probably make a mountain or spread it around out back in the woods. Thanks
skobydog
 
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:36 pm

skobydog wrote:I got my tractor/snowblower stuck a couple of weeks ago and threw some ash under the tires........didn't do much.

I'll probably make a mountain or spread it around out back in the woods. Thanks


It helps traction if yer on ice.. :)
Lightning
 
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:43 pm

I'm saving my ashes. A bag of portland will turn the mountain of ash into some wall blocks or sidewalk pavers. :)
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: Wiz On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:10 pm

I throw them out on the road during bad weather, plows gets rid of them in a hurry. :D
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: LDPosse On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:41 pm

I spread my coal ash on the driveway the past 2 winters, and it does make a mess. The ashes were getting tracked back inside, and in the summer, when I mowed near the edge of the driveway, it looked like a dust storm. Now I put the ashes in a metal trash can, and dump it on the badly rutted lane out back instead.
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:24 pm

The rice and buck burners have small ash as one might assume, but Pea is usually full of clinkers of larger sizes. It will crunch up easily, and if your driveway is ice covered, then it works fine. One fall on a knee, hip, shoulder or your head will make the use for traction a question you will never ask again. Glare ice with a quick application of ash makes it walkable....safely. It does track to some degree, so if you want to buy ice melt or sand tubes to provide traction, go for it. It all relates to your lifestyle. This AINT Miami, so we do what we must to feel safe. I've used it for almost 50 years, and STILL have folks ask if they can get some for their driveways. I even now guys who add it to their sanders, and that method works wonders. The amount of salt and brine they use on our roads makes thinking about ash corrosion of vehicles a joke. They started today at 2 PM with brine, and the snow has been heavy since 4 pm. Slushy underneath, and the slushy crap is the damned brine working its magic (not my word for it) Sheet metal, fuel lines, brake lines, frames, exhausts, brake calipers....not a friend of any motor vehicle!!
:mad: :idea: :!: :roll:
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: lewis On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:07 pm

My Ash pile can be seen from google earth ---- Hahahah.
Its going to be a local landmark if I live long enough. Every year I threaten to flatten it out but just never get to it.
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:53 pm

I don't use ash on the walk to the house, so any ash out on the gravel usually doesn't make it to the inside.
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Re: Does dumping ash in driveways serve a purpose

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:01 pm

Theoretical only...

If there was a company that offered to come to your home or place of business and pick up your coal ash once a week, or as an "on call" basis would you pay for such a service? If so how much would you consider a fair amount? Ash would be picked up on the curb or side of the house similar to trash.

For arguments sake the amount of ash being picked up doesn't matter unless the volume was such that the ash needed to be removed from a basement that would cost a little more.

Just curious on this as ash disposal seems to be a problem for some.
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