December 01, 2022 4 min read
The outdoor fire pit table is a great way to have an outdoor gathering with friends and family. It will provide warmth, light and entertainment for everyone in attendance. However, when the party is over, you will be faced with ashes from the fire pit table that need to be disposed of. Usually, most people think of fire pit ashes as dust and debris that should all be cleaned up and thrown away. In fact, wood ashes are versatile and can be used in a variety of situations. If you want an environmentally friendly way to remove these ashes, you can use the following methods!
Enrich and balance the compost
Wood ash is an inexpensive and effective way of balancing the soil and providing some nutrients for plants. It raises the pH of the garden soil and reduces its acidity. Wood ash contains a range of different nutrients, such as sodium, magnesium or phosphorus. This can help you grow certain vegetables and flowers, thus making ash beneficial for your garden. If you have a compost pile, ashes can be used to add more nutrients. Making potash from wood ash is a simple process. All you have to do is strain the ashes to remove any large pieces of charcoal and then gently spread them around your yard. Make sure you only mix in ash from hardwoods such as oak and maple. Softwoods are not as effective as they contain fewer nutrients. Also, do not add ashes directly to the stems or leaves of your plants. If necessary, rinse the plants after application.
One of the benefits of collecting and storing ashes for future use is that you can use the ashes you produce in your firepit table to eliminate odors as needed. Wood ashes also contain traces of calcium carbonate, which neutralizes acidic odors, meaning they can act as a natural deodorizer. Urine stains on carpets, for example, are easier to eliminate from these types of pet accidents without leaving a lingering smell in your home. Simply place a small amount of collected ashes into a bowl to help absorb airborne odors, while still giving off a natural woody scent that lasts for hours or even days. Replace every few days until the unpleasant odor disappears. Scattering in the bin neutralizes the smell there too!
As a stain remover
Wood ash is also a powerful cleaner. Wood ash of the outdoor fire pit table can be used for any type of cleaning involving kitchen scrubbing. This is due to its special texture. It also removes grease and stains, sticky residues from labels and stickers, and rust stains from crockery and glasses. If you have been trying to remove stubborn stains from wooden furniture for months, then you can make a paste of wood ash and water. Rub the surface gently, then wipe with a soft cloth. Alternatively, if your home has a livestock pen, animal droppings or pets in the house, it is much easier to clean up by spreading wood ash on the floor before cleaning.
Use as a pest repellent
Collecting and storing ash from garden tables with fire pits is a great way to control pests. Beyond enriching your compost, wood ash can be used to naturally repel certain insects, slugs, and snails. Wood ash draws moisture from its surroundings, so it acts like salt for garden pests that are prone to dehydration. By sprinkling a handful or two around vulnerable plants, you can stop many common pests from infesting your garden. You can also mix about one part ash and one part lime with 2 gallons of water to make an effective insecticide that you can spray on the tops of your plants to kill aphids and chewing insects such as beetles, grasshoppers and even ticks.
As a natural ice melt
In cold weather, it often snows and freezes. It is dangerous to slip on ice in the car, at home and especially when walking on pavements or concrete. You can keep yourself and your family safe by spreading firewood ashes along stairs and pavements. Potassium salts in the ashes of fire pit bbq tables can help melt snow in moderately cold conditions. Not only will it melt, but it is free of charge and does not contain any chemicals that are harmful to pets like other ice melting products.
Wood ash has many uses, but few people know that it can put out small fires. Large fires require a lot of ash, so it may not work. You can carry this ash with you and use it to put out campfires. However, it is not a substitute for a fire extinguisher. If you don't have sand or a fire extinguisher at home, this is a good substitute. When you need to put out a fire in a patio fire pit quickly, placing cold ash on top of it is one way to do so.
Chatting around the fire pit table set and enjoying its warmth is a fun and relaxing activity. Cleaning up leftover ashes may not be so pleasant, but now you know that there are many ways to reuse this material in ways that are beneficial to your everyday life. If you can use wood ash correctly, it can help you in many aspects of your life.
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