Does Dumping Ash in Driveways Serve a Purpose

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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 5:15 am

our trash collector takes ash but the volume from casey ash I would need 4 more cans. :cry:
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 5:36 am

Like W'nC--I have one of the nicest driveways in Freetown--GRAVEL--topped with much ash. GUESS WHAT girls? It ain't magic--I spread it on the 2/3 bottom of the drive during the winter/snow months & come spring/summer, I'll spread it with the old 8N w/ back-blade & then roll it all during the warm months just cause I'm goin that way--I spray it on occasion, even have spread an occasional bag of Sakrete--why the hell would I put it where it's gonna get tracked into the house or not be able to hit my ash can when emptying? :confused: Bottom line is, ya get what you work for & with a gravel drive, this ash works REALLY well if you're set up to do it PROPERLY :) As already stated, also does real good a filling holes & low spots in the yard but needs to be rolled/packed --YES, grass will grow in it--I use it in the garden & all that bullshit about it's acidity & possible DANGERS, is just that.
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 6:20 am

I used to dump my ashes on the driveway, but now that I got a fresh load of nice looking gravel this fall, I just dump the ashes across the road on an embankment in the woods.

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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 8:16 am

Like FF does, I dump them down by the road on the gravel driveway where they won't get walked on. keeps the ice melted and helps fill in the holes when I rake the gravel back in them.
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 8:30 am

I don;t know what the hell he's doing with all of it but my neighbor across the street has been taking the ashes for the last 2 years. By now he must have a 100 year supply, he won't say... whatever. He has a steep driveway but it's paved so he only uses it when it's icy, two story house and I see the roof from my yard. All I have to do is roll the tubs 20 feet over to the door.
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 8:33 am

freetown fred wrote: but needs to be rolled/packed -
In the driveway where the coal trucks were parked there really wasn't room for three of them when I started so we extended it with ash. It would be a mess for a while but it would pack down like concrete especially if you had a little gravel over it.

The mound they are sitting on is mostly ash, see how the one on the left is sitting sideways. That's when we first got it, wasn't that way for long.
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 8:48 am

I have an old buggy trail driveway without much gravel, just 2 tracks in the grass. It must have gravel underneath cuz its very solid. It slants towards the road so of course as soon as it snows I dump it on. In the spring it washes onto the road and into the ditch, except some of the little pieces of coal. Fine with me. Hot ash really sticks to the snow. I don't have garbage pickup as I burn most things I cant recycle except tires. I have a pile by some brush for when there isnt any snow.
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 9:33 am

I sifted a tub of ash and separated out the powder and kept the crunchy stuff. Put it in some large plastic containers and put some in each vehicle. Just in case we ever get stuck.
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 1:23 pm

Gravel Drive...works wonders on packed snow/ice as previously mentioned. I don't use in on walk ways so tracking it in the home has never been an issue. The rest is disgarded in the woods out back. All traces are pretty much gone come late spring.

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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 5:34 pm

Carbon12 wrote:I sifted a tub of ash ................
Rather than sift, I was thinking about putting my trash barrel of ashes in the back of the truck with the lid off and then hitting the highway. :D
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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 9:35 pm

my drive way is 4/10 mile long lot of places for ash all gravel any of u city guys are welcome to come dump..just put it anywhere on road/drive and i'll make flat with the kubota ..

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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 10:31 pm

Richard S. wrote:I don;t know what the hell he's doing with all of it but my neighbor across the street has been taking the ashes for the last 2 years. By now he must have a 100 year supply, he won't say... whatever. He has a steep driveway but it's paved so he only uses it when it's icy, two story house and I see the roof from my yard. All I have to do is roll the tubs 20 feet over to the door.
That sounds like a fantastic arrangement.

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Post Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 10:47 pm

I use it to fill a low, muddy rut formed by the mail truck. Hardens like concrete once dry, but does turn to muck when wet ... and it is dusty when very dry. Certainly wouldn't want to have a whole driveway made of the stuff, without covering it up with a bit of gravel.

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Post Tue. Dec. 31, 2013 1:08 am

SMITTY wrote:and it is dusty when very dry
Yep, when it's really dry and windy (in Utah that's about 8 months of the year ;) ) it's bad to have a bunch of coal ash lying around, so I send most of it out with the garbage. Clinkers get dumped on the driveway out by the shop...the tractor breaks 'em up real good 8-)
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Post Tue. Dec. 31, 2013 2:15 pm

For eight years I've been doing like Fred and Richard. I burn three tons a year and dump all the ash on my gravel driveway. It does a better job of packing the gravel together then sand or rock dust, . . . and it's already paid for ! ;)

And like Richard did with his trucks, I raised and extended the parking area at the back end of the driveway. Works in with the gravel like concrete to hold it together, but don't puddle water like concrete dumped in with gravel would.

When it rains, it drains quickly and doesn't blow dust when I cut the grass. The dust washes into the gravel or the lawn very quickly with the first rains.

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