Dispose of Ash

Disposing of fireside ash is an important part of fireside maintenance and, when done correctly, will help you to enjoy the perfect fire.

A shallow bed of ash is often a good thing as it insulates the fireplace and helps you to achieve a longer-lasting, warmer fire. Be careful not to let this shallow bed of ash increase too much, as several inches of ash can cause damage to your fireplace and can be potentially hazardous to your household.

Ash removal

The first step is to be careful when handling the ash. Make sure that you leave sufficient time after a fire to let the ash cool tool. There are often hot embers buried within a bed so it’s important to wait a few hours and let these extinguish before trying to start your ash disposal.

Ensure that all disposing of ash is done so with the correct fireside tools. Use a metal ash can or pail to collect all the unwanted ash. Make sure that the process is done slowly to avoid any ash spreading across your room.

To start cleaning your fireplace, place the ash container close to the ash pit or tray. Then carefully shovel the ashes from the pit into the container. You can leave an inch or so of ash in the fireplace to help insulate your next fire. Slowly transport the container outside of your house and dispose of in a designated area. Remember that ash can be spread over soil or used as part of your compost pile.

There are Ash Vacs available to help you remove ash from your fire pit. Again, this must only be carried out once the fire is completely cold and then you can safely vacuum any excess ash and dust.

As you are dealing with ash, this can be a particularly messy task. Many people wear gloves during ash disposal. Soot smudges are inevitable during your clean and can easily be washed off using warm water and soap.