Fireplace Ash Cleaning
Remove Ashes Mess Free
Wood ashes are very fine and when they are
disturbed, they take flight, especially when
When removing ashes from a home wood
burning stove or fireplace, reduce ash from
spilling out into the room by following this
method, let the ashes cool, modestly fill
each scoop full, and slowly draw it out of
the stove, tip the metal holding container,
and slowly lower the shovelful of ashes
into the container at the furthest corner.
Instead of dumping the ashes directly into
the metal container, lower the shovel to the
bottom at the far side of the container.
Bring the handle of the scoop upward and
draw the shovel back towards you,
unloading the ashes n the same manner a
dump truck unloads its load of dirt. Use a
sliding motion, moving the shovel towards
you as the ashes slide off the shovel.
This procedure prevents air movement
below the ashes during dumping.
By allowing the ashes to cool first also helps
prevent ashes from rising into the air.
Build An Ash Tight Scoop,
Build your own ash scoop, with a closeable
lid. Use a metal olive oil tin or equivalent to
build your ash scoop. Remove the top with
a can opener, and flatten the complete top
outer edge of the container with a hammer,
to prevent any sharp burrs. Make a metal lid
from piece of sheet metal, make it about a
quarter of an inch larger than the top of the
olive oil container, so that when the lid is
closed it covers the entire opening of the
can. If the tin your are making the lid out
of is very thin, then fold the edges of the
sheet metal lid about one eight of an inch
around the complete outer edge, this makes
it more sturdy, and helps to maintain its
Drill two matching holes for the wire
hinges in the olive oil container, and lid,
about three quarters of an inch in from the
outside edge of the lid edge. Make the
hinges from thin iron wire or paper clips,
twist the ends of the wire inside the
container. The loop should be large enough
to allow the lid to swing easy, and yet not
be to sloppy.
Wire hinges are circled in black
Ash Scoop Use Instructions
Let the fire go out and leave time for the
ashes to cool.
To use the ash scoop, open and fold the lid
all the way back onto the top of the
container, slide the scoop into the stove,
scoop up the ashes until the ash scoop is
just about full. Slide the scoop back a little
towards yourself, reach into the stove, and
flip the lid closed on the scoop, before
removing. Shake off any ashes off the
outside of the container while it is still in
the stove, bring out the container upright,
with the lid closed.
Carry the full container of ashes to the
outside of the house, and dump into a
metal container for disposal. If the ashes
are still hot, use a pair of leather welding
gloves or equivalent, to prevent burns to
your hands. Place another old leather glove
on the bottom, so there is now two layers
of leathers between the hot metal and your
hand, when you carry it. About four trips is
all that is required to clean out the
fireplace. When the ash removal is
completed, look around and see how mess
free the house is, you will appreciate the
time and effort put into building this ash
When you open the stove door and excess
smoke exits the firebox, it is a good
indication that your chimney needs to be
Wood hauling cart
To build your own wood hauling cart look
for a small inexpensive cart, add acouple of
front bars to hold the wood. Bolt the bars to
the cart's bottom frame. Add a wood strip
down the back center of the cart frame, to
keep short pieces of wood from falling
through. Home Hardware and Canadian
Tire stores sell these small carts.
Electric chainsaws are light and work well
for cutting smaller trees and their limbs.
Movement is restricted to the electric cord.
Electric chainsaws for the home owner vary
in size from 10 inches to a 16 inches blade.
Both the electric power and gas chainsaw
require chain lubricating oil when operating
Typical brand names are, Poulan, Homelite,
Echo, Mc Culloch, Stihl, and Husqvarna.
Price usually dictates the quality of the saw.
The same safety practices used with gas
and electric chainsaws.
Gas chainsaws are powered by two-cycle
gas engines, they develop greater power
than electric chainsaws, and are heavier in
weight. Bar lubricating oil and gas/oil
mixture is required when running this saw.
Ear protection is required when running the
saw, because of the noise level. The cutting
chain tension needs to be sharpened and
re-tensioned periodically. The air cleaner
needs cleaning daily, and the saw needs
cleaning of sawdust. A sharp cutting chain,
is a safer saw, a file, tooth gauge, and file
guide are required to sharpen correctly and
Iron wedges are used to split blocks of
wood. A sledge hammer is used to drive
the wedge into the wood.
Plastic wedges are used when falling a tree,
the wedge is driven into a partial cut, to
prevent pinching of the chainsaw blade
and bar. Once the cut is 3/4 cut through
the tree, the saw is removed and the wedge
is driven deeper, causing the tree to lean
and fall over.
The splitting maul is basically a heavy
wedge with an attached handle. Usually
one swing of the maul, is all that is required
to split the wood block. A sledge hammer
can be used to strike the flat side of the
maul, to drive the maul through the wood.
Hydraulic wood splitters can be driven by
gas engine or electric power. Home owner
size electric hydraulic wood-splitters are
available to rent or buy.
Good solid leather boots to promote
footing stability, and protection.
Safety chainsaw legging chaps.
Work with a partner.
Making Kindling Tips.
Calculate Cords of Wood.