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so i'm gettin a little collection of ashes from my wood stove , should i just put em in a compost pile or what else can i do with em? my brother used to throw ashes out for his chickens to take a 'dust bath' in -guess it helps with unwanted chicken critters.. any other ideas?

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You can add the ashes directly to you garden spot also, but check the Ph balance of the soil and use them to adjust it. If I remember correctly, they add alkali (mostly) to the soil for crops like corn. If you have hardwood ashes, you can also use them in the tanning process for hides into leather/fur.

 

http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=749

 

A link that is a Q&A about using wood ashes in compost piles.

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as long as they are pure hardwood ashes you can put them in a barrel lined with a cloth small holes in the bottom and pour water through them slowly and you have lye water it can be boiled down to crystals and you have sodium hydroxide

you can make soap with it using rendered fat best source is hog fat beef fat is best as tallow and that is good for candles as I recall.

some plants are deadly poison I will not expound on that but if you made a soap with them you would die so hard wood only.

 

and as been stated to acidify your soil and you can also use pine needles or i would guess other conifers the same way

in a compost pile and or burned as ashes.

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You can use the white hardwood ashes to make soap. Well actually the lye water used to make soap. Be careful though, lye water is acidic and could burn you. But that is the first thing that came to mind with the question asked.

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CMHN

thanks for the mention I thought the word LYE would be a clue but I forget some people are not familiar

with it and to a few sodium hydroxide might as well be written in ancient Greek.

 

i would advise anyone interested in soap and candles get the Firefox book #1 of the series at least there are free info post on the net for soap making just remember some is geared for new and less dangerous chemicals but that is not what

pioneers and poor people can afford or if for some reason you cannot buy or find these new chemicals you need information

of how the old timers did it.

 

lye has other uses you got to be inventive and think outside the box.

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You can use the white hardwood ashes to make soap. Well actually the lye water used to make soap. Be careful though, lye water is acidic and could burn you. But that is the first thing that came to mind with the question asked.

Lye is actually alkaline, it is what is in the drain cleaning stuff that will make your sink into a volcano if mixed with the wrong other cleaner, and if you get the concentrated stuff in your eyes it will cause permanent blindness by scarring the inside of you're eye.

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