There’s a good chance that you’re wasting your ashes! It’s impressive to be able to start a fire, but do you need help planning a safe after-fire protocol?
Don’t get us wrong, ashes are good for a fire. They catch firewood coals and insulate them, allowing your fire to burn at its hottest. But, ash should be removed when it builds up beyond an inch, and at the end of the fire-burning season. Ash is acidic, and it can corrode the bottom of your firepit or fireball, they also can produce toxic fumes when left too long. Be sure to wait at least 24 hours after your last fire before you begin to completely clean out the ashes. Read on to learn how to take care of the ashes in your backyard!
How To Recycle The Ashes
Okay, so what can you do with the ashes? Many things, my friend:
DON’T Put These In Your Fire!
Suppose it isn’t seasoned hardwood kindling or logs. In that case, it probably doesn’t belong in the fire, especially if you’re reusing the ashes. To keep your reusable ashes from being toxic for reuse, the following items are unsafe to throw in:
The Kind of Wood You Use, Determines the Amount of Ash
Softer firewood like pine or poplar does not burn as hot and leaves larger amounts of ash and charcoal lumps. Birch or larch burn very hot and leave less residue.
Cleaning Firepit Ashes Out
When you see ashes collecting above the firepit, it’s time to clean them out. This is how you do it:
SteelStuff has an array of firepits to choose from. From the portable Slip-n-Go, to our Custom Panel and Custom Rolled Firepits.
Our Fireballs practically clean themselves when you use the softer woods mentioned above. We do not recommend covering your fireball. The rain and air typically do a great job of removing the remnants of the fire. If cleaning is needed, simply open one of the two access points used to throw wood in, which is also the access to get the ashes out. A small metal garden shovel is sufficient to get under the wood support. Then blow the base of the fire pit to remove the dust. No back-breaking shoveling needed here!