How to Use Pellet Stove Ashes

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Pellet stoves are indoor heating units that burn small wood pellets to create heat. The stoves collect the ash in a hopper that requires regular cleaning to prevent creosote build-up. The ashes of burned wood pellets contains liming agents, along with calcium and potassium. This allows gardeners to use pellet stove ashes to raise the pH of their garden soil to counter the effects of soil acidity. Gardeners can also use ash to amend compost or deter insects.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 gallon metal bucket with lid
  • Garden tiller
  • Pitchfork

Amend Garden Soil

  • Dump the ashes from the pellet stove hopper into a 5 gallon metal bucket. Place the lid on the bucket and allow the ashes to cool for one week before using them.

  • Sprinkle the ashes over the garden soil in the early spring, before you plant. Apply the ashes at a rate of one, 5 gallon bucket per 1,000 square feet.

  • Till the ashes into the soil with a garden tiller at a depth of 4 inches.

Amend Compost Pile

  • Collect the ash in the metal bucket in the same manner as above. Let the ashes cool for one week.

  • Sprinkle a 1/4 inch layer of ash over each layer of organic material that you add to your compost pile.

  • Turn the compost pile with a pitchfork or shovel once a week to keep the pH balanced throughout the pile.

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