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Post  trustinhart on Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:03 pm


is it OK to put charcoal ashes from the BBQ into the compost or around plants as a side dressing? Do the chemicals from the lighter fluid remain in the charcoal? I have quite a pile of it and would like to use it if possible. Thanks in advance. Your answers are always so prompt and so APPRECIATED!!


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Re: Charcoal in compost?

Post  camprn on Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:40 pm

I throw mine in the rubbish. Not sure how much of the petro chemicals from the starter remain. I'm not sure of the ingredients of the charcoal turning to ash changes it all at an elemental level. This list says not to put charcoal briquette ash into the compost.
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Post  Retired Member 1 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:51 pm

The only charcoal I would put in the garden is biochar which is made without binders or other chemicals.

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Post  Weedless_ on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:27 pm

It's ok to put ashes in the compost. Not sure about lumps of charcoal, but if they are crumbly and fall apart, I totally would. I am planning on putting mine there. we use Green Egg lump charcoal, and never use starter on it, so it's ok.
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Re: Charcoal in compost?

Post  boffer on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:47 pm

Everything I've ever read has said do not put briquette charcoal/ashes in the compost.

Weedless_in_Atlanta wrote:...we use Green Egg lump charcoal...

Lump charcoal is a totally different product, and I do put my lump charcoal ashes into the compost.
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Post  Weedless_ on Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:33 pm

@boffer wrote:...Lump charcoal is a totally different product...
Thanks boffer, I didn't know that it was much different.
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