What to do with fireplace ashes


There are many more uses for fireplace ashes than I ever knew. 1. Compost bin - only a little amongst the organic matter. 2. A light layer around plants can keep slugs away. 3. A tablespoon of ash to 1000 gallons of water for a pond will keep algae down.. 4. As a fertilizer. 5. Cleaning silver.
Can you give more ways to use ashes?
Sprinkling ashes in the compost.
My daughter's new fireplace insert. She loves it.

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  • Liz Cartier
    on Jan 16, 2016

    as a fertilizer? how much of ash? or just sprinkle on soil? a little more info would be nice.

    • Grandmasue10
      on May 5, 2016

      Fireplace ashes also pack down and make almost a rock. DO use sparingly!

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  • Mari
    on Sep 27, 2018

    I use the ashes from my woodstove to clean the window in the woodstove. Just pick up some ash with a wet paper towel and scrub the window. Then wipe down with a new wet paper towel. It works great!

  • Kimberli
    on Jul 14, 2019

    Just tried this and it works great! Glass looks new! Thanks so much.

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