Wood charcoal ash

Is it ok to use lump wood charcoal on my soil or compost? This is lump wood and not the brickets


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I know wood ash is fine in compost (coal ash: NO) I don't know really what lump wood charcoal is, sorryimage

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Yes and no greg4, I'd burn it first, without the use of any lighter fluid, then the ash can be spread on your beds.

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,407

    you can grind it up small and mix it in with the soil, it'll break the soil up if its clay in the same way as organic matter, but it wont break down and charcoal doesn't rot.

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 511

    The fashionable name for this is biochar - Wikipedia has an article on it. Benefits include enhanced moisture retention. 

  • Greg4Greg4 Posts: 48
    Thanks all, i have put in my compost heap, it came out as a very fine dust from the ash can so it should be ok the mix into the compost and maybe spread over the top soil.
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