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If you own a wood fireplace or stove you are all too aware of the amount of ashes they create. Ashes not only create a mess but can also be difficult to dispose of and start to smell if left to linger too long. Don’t let this dreaded task keep you from your using the fireplace! Learn the safest and smartest ways to remove and dispose of your ash. There are even earth-friendly ways to reuse and recycle the ash. Read on to learn more.
Before you can dispose of the ash, you must first remove it from your fireplace or wood stove. While completing this task, it is important to always keep safety in mind. Always wait at least 72 hours after your last burn to begin handling the ash. Fires can easily ignite when ash that is still afire is pushed down an ash dump or placed into a garbage bag. Also make sure to protect yourself during the process. Disturbing ash disperses fine particles into the air which can irritate your skin, eyes and lungs. Wear gloves, a face mask and other protective gear when working. When storing ash, always keep it in a metal container with a lid.
There are many different ways to smartly dispose of your leftover ash. If your fireplace comes equipped with an ash dump, simply use a brush or shovel to push the debris through the metal door. You can also scoop the ash into a large garbage bag. After removing a majority of the buildup, you can use a vacuum to clean up any remaining ash in the firebox and hearth.
Creative Ways to Recycle
Looking for creative, eco-friendly alternatives to simply throwing the ash into the garbage. Here are a few green ways to reuse and recycle your leftover ash:
For further assistance on keeping your fireplace clean enlist the help of the professional team at Lindemann Chimney Service. Our certified chimney sweep services include ash removal. Using a Triple Hepa Filter Vacuum, we can quickly and cleanly remove the debris from your hearth and dispose of it. Schedule your appointment online today.