Ash

Ash

PostBy: mmcoal On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:11 am

I know we have gone over coal ash uses, but does anyone know if it is actually safe to keep spreading in a driveway or in a pile in the backyard? Doesn't it produce acid when it gets wet? I have plenty of areas on my property for the ashes, but I want to make sure it won't hurt my ground water in the long run. Thanks, Chris
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Re: Ash

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:52 am

I've been doing it for years with no negative effects. BUT--if ya really want to over think it--I'd turn Larry loose on that one:)
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Re: Ash

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:55 am

freetown fred wrote:I've been doing it for years with no negative effects. BUT--if ya really want to over think it--I'd turn Larry loose on that one:)


I'm loose! I have no qualms about using them in gravel driveways. Wish mine was gravel now for this very reason. My only question for those who toss ashes around on driveways is: Are you wearing a respirator when you do this? Hope that's not seriously over thinking it.
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Re: Ash

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:01 pm

Nope, it's not--I've kinda simplified the process by standing down wind ;)--HELL, or would that be upwind??? oh damn, just so the stuffs not blowin on ya :clap: toothy
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Re: Ash

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:25 pm

Anyone who can't handle the concept of spreading coal ash downwind probably shouldn't be burning coal in the first place! :lol:

I have found if you are building rock walls in your yard coal ash is a good thing to use as a base for the stones. Place some coal ash on the ground and set you base stones in the ash. It is great for filling in and leveling some low spots and there is nothing wrong with mixing some in your flower beds or garden. Lots of practical uses for it. 8-)
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Re: Ash

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:44 pm

ONEDOLLAR wrote:Anyone who can't handle the concept of spreading coal ash downwind probably shouldn't be burning coal in the first place! :lol:

I have found if you are building rock walls in your yard coal ash is a good thing to use as a base for the stones. Place some coal ash on the ground and set you base stones in the ash. It is great for filling in and leveling some low spots and there is nothing wrong with mixing some in your flower beds or garden. Lots of practical uses for it. 8-)


I can't count the number of times the wind has shifted on me while I'm disposing of ashes. That's why I wear a respirator.
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Re: Ash

PostBy: Pacowy On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:51 pm

mmcoal wrote:I know we have gone over coal ash uses, but does anyone know if it is actually safe to keep spreading in a driveway or in a pile in the backyard? Doesn't it produce acid when it gets wet? I have plenty of areas on my property for the ashes, but I want to make sure it won't hurt my ground water in the long run. Thanks, Chris


Yes I think coal ash is somewhat acidic. I used it for years as driveway filler and a traction agent, and never noticed any problems. If you're concerned, I think in a driveway increased acidity can be counteracted by occasional use of calcium carbonate-based ice melt. In the yard or garden, maybe a little baking soda or lime? I'll defer to to a chemist or anyone with real info or experience.

Mike
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Re: Ash

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:10 pm

Just finished throwing this week's ashes on the gravel. Since it snowed yesterday and now we are in a freeze & thaw cycle I mixed a bag of rock salt in.
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Re: Ash

PostBy: JimD On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:09 pm

What about walking on it and tracking it in the house when it's wet?
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Re: Ash

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:33 pm

JimD wrote:What about walking on it and tracking it in the house when it's wet?


take ur shoes off at the door!!!!!
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Re: Ash

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:15 pm

Or even better--don't dump it on any main walk areas:)
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Re: Ash

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:57 pm

1 of these placed outside the door keep Momma happy.

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Rick
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Re: Ash

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:34 pm

JimD wrote:What about walking on it and tracking it in the house when it's wet?



My advice is don't do it. :D
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Re: Ash

PostBy: JimD On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:39 pm

With everything I have read on coal ash, I will just bag it and toss it in the trash , too much arsenic, lead and mercury for my liking, I have chickens that roam and a well..... Bags it is!!!
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Re: Ash

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:00 pm

JimD wrote:With everything I have read on coal ash, I will just bag it and toss it in the trash , too much arsenic, lead and mercury for my liking, I have chickens that roam and a well..... Bags it is!!!

Google Muscle milk and those three compounds. You will be suprised at how safe your coal ash is compared to some of the foods you eat.
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