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Post: #182690 indy
Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:13 pm

So following on from the post about wood ash and its uses, apart from adding to my new path..what uses would coal ash have?
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Re: coal ash

Post: #182695 Green Aura
Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:20 pm

I'll watch this with interest, as we have an ever-increasing mountain.

We're using it at the moment to make paths through the snow - it works really well.

And we also use it to make cinder paths through the garden and between raised beds.

But if anyone has any other ideas I'd be grateful too.
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Re: coal ash

Post: #182696 indy
Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:23 pm

At the moment its keeping my dahlia tubers warm but am sure there must be other uses..I also have a fair sized vesuvius!! :roll:
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Post: #182718 Green Aura
Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:29 pm

Oh yes Susie I did similar to put the pole for my whirligig in - didn't have any sand and I wasn't prepared to drive 70 miles for some. That only used a bucketful though. :lol:
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Re: coal ash

Post: #183544 indy
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:43 pm

Think I'm going to go and rummage in some of my Gran's old make do and mend books and see what they did with coal ash. There must be SOMETHING :shock: :dontknow:
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Re: coal ash

Post: #185787 Nick69
Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:58 pm

No one come up with any other uses yet then?? :dontknow:

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Post: #186218 indy
Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:19 pm

Must admit I forgot to look, will go and rummage :study:
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Re: coal ash

Post: #188519 marshlander
Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:19 pm

Coal ash may contain heavy metals and phenolic tar products. Old gasworks & coke plants are designated contaminated land when decommisssioned because of this.

Wood ash is good for the garden of course!

We rarely burn coal as not good for the old carbon footprint (75% carbon?) or the chimney (very acid) but when we need to it would be great to have some use for the ashes!
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Re: coal ash

Post: #189301 clare
Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:26 pm

We don't burn coal either only wood but I have read it can cure black spot on roses.
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Re: coal ash

Post: #189326 seasidegirl
Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:49 pm

Just looked it up in my Grandad's gardening dictionary (Blacks, 1927).

Unfortunately little use for coal ash recommended. Paths, although not too many of them, and also to plunge pot plants in during summer. And then only for the reason that it keeps worms out of the pots.

Wonder where they got rid of it all in those days?

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Re: coal ash

Post: #189360 Green Aura
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:33 pm

I think cinder paths were very common, weren't they?
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Re: coal ash

Post: #189365 Odsox
Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:32 pm

Have you read this ... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100306/ap_ ... h_disposal
Not that you have that much coal ash to dispose of but it seems it's quite nasty stuff.
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Re: coal ash

Post: #189373 seasidegirl
Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:20 pm

Very informative thread this so thanks everyone.

I'm kicking myself because all winter we've been combining coal and wood to get a longer burn in our open fireplace.
I've been bagging up the ash to use it on the garden but thankfully haven't used it yet.

I actually thought that the coal ash would be a useful waste product/fertilizer. My thinking was unresearched but I thought that coal was formed mainly by zillion years old trees primarily.

Won't be burning coal next winter!

Will have to source some better quality wood I guess and see if we can improve the draw or something.

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Re: coal ash

Post: #189452 pumpy
Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:11 pm

You can put coal ash on your soil, but it needs to "weather" for a few months first. Bear in mind the acidity also (good for soft fruit plants, not so good for certain brassicas/other veg.)
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Re: coal ash

Post: #233814 indy
Tue May 31, 2011 12:05 pm

I had forgotten all about this thread that I started, I do now have a mass of coal ash stored at the other end of the field so it is nicely weathered. Will try on soft fruit bushes as suggested. Many thanks. :sunny:
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