Be careful with the disposal of fireplace ashes

Reblogger Bob Crane
Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

It is that time of year again, chestnuts roasting by the open fire, jack frost nipping at your nose and all sorts of fun around the fireplace or wood stove.

Keep in mind that there is a reason why insurance companies do not like wood heat, there are a lot of people who do not know how to keep this special heat safe.

And one of the key ways beginners burn down their homes, fences, garages, etc is that they are not aware of the dangers of that hidden coal inside a bucket of ashes.

Treat these with respect, never put into a burnable or melt-able container, always put them outside, away from any combustible materials. 

When possible spread them out around the trees in your yard where they can fertilize your trees while killing the coals with the snow in your yard.

 

As a precaution when spreading ashes around your yard trees, make sure you have snow on the ground or you will need to douse the ashes with a bucket of water to prevent  your yard from catching on fire.

Original content by Roy Kelley 16766

Be careful with the disposal of fireplace ashes

 

The Montgomery County Fire Department received a call saying a house was on fire. When they arrived, a wood fence was on fire and the fire had not yet reached the house. The cause was improperly handled fireplace ashes. This could have become a major fire during the holidays.

Be very careful with your disposal of fireplace ashes. The fire department recomends a metal container with a cover.

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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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Bob thanks for sharing this. I manage rentals and have to "educate" my tenants on how to properly use a gas stove, wood stove, wood fireplace, etc. It's quickly becoming a lost skill with our younger generation and always worries me that something will go wrong.

One of our common problems is tenants putting ashes in a plastic bucket that melts, or in a metal bucket with no lid so the ashes blow around in the high winds. All it takes is one mistake!

Jan 04, 2015 09:04 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
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Bob, I did not know fireplace ashes could be spread under trees and used as fertilizer. There are not a lot of wood burning fireplaces in AZ, but there are some, and this time of year when it gets down to freezing temps is when they will be put to use.

Jan 04, 2015 09:32 AM #2
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
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Yes, we just got a wood stove, and we've found several times when we went to clean out the ashes on the late afternoon after the evening of a fire, some of our embers were still red.  That's nearly 16 hours later.  It's very important to be very careful with the ashes!

Jan 04, 2015 10:19 AM #3
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Good evening Bob and great tip for staying safe when dealing with ashes.  Love the idea about spreading the ashes around the trees.

Jan 04, 2015 10:58 AM #4
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Bob Crane
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As a precaution when spreading ashes around your yard trees, make sure you have snow on the ground or you will need to douse the ashes with a bucket of water to prevent  your yard from catching on fire.

Jan 04, 2015 11:06 AM #5
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we don't often have snow, but we do keep them in a bucket for days and we do wet them down.  Now I didn't know it was good for trees.  I just found a new spot to dump my ashes.

Jan 04, 2015 11:47 AM #6
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Dont forget to stop by Roy Kelley 's original post to thank him for posting this.

Jan 04, 2015 01:22 PM #7
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you Bob Crane for the re-blog. This is a good message for all of us to promote.

Jan 04, 2015 09:44 PM #8
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Elise Harron
Dirt Road Real Estate - Kingman, AZ
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GREAT re-post Bob!!!!  Very timely too - I wonder if anyone is passionate about their fireplace vaccuums... I'm shopping and the price range seems to be anywhere from $80. to OMG really!  I'm such a control freak no one is allowed to touch our fireplace for all the rookie mistake error concerns!  It's me or the hubby touching it or let it go cold!  Cheers and Happy New Year!

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