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Can't help you on the ice issue. In Alabama we have well behaved snow - only shows up once every few years and only stays for the day.

You might have a shot at some super pink hydrangeas... or is alkali for blue?
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:18 AM
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Here in SWVA, the soil can't hold its lime for nothin'. This in spite of being smack on top of some large limestone deposits. Go figure. I think a judicious amount of ashes in the compost heap will be fine here, but that doesn't take care of next year's ashes... maybe we'll get a lot of snow and I can use some up on the ice. It does work pretty well and I'd rather use that than salt.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:06 AM
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Aren't pretzels boiled in a food-grade lye solution? Maybe the make-your-own-lye-from-wood-ash solution would complete the mystical oven cycle.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:06 PM
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Bavarian pretzels are dipped in a soda/lye solution (had to look that one up). Most aren't. Egg washes and double bakes seem common.

But at least one source I found mentioned stone hearth baking. Create a new source of lye as you bake!
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:16 AM
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Some potters use ash as an ingredient in their glazes. I believe it needs to be clean, sifted or just burned thoroughly. The color develops in part to the type of hardwood being burned.

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Old 10-12-2009, 10:52 AM
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Welcome aboard, Adam!

Found a new use today - ash is really good at deodorizing trash cans. I have both a kennel and a cattery (private) and Hefty isn't always all that hefty. Those big trash carts are nearly impossible to deodorize, but the ashes from the leaf pile did it.
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:42 AM
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In days gone by, ashes in an outhouse helped lower the odor. But if the ashes where not cold you would end up with more ashes
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Given the propensity of spider bites in outhouses, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing...

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ash is really good at deodorizing trash cans in an outhouse helped
I knew there had to be some uses for this stuff

Im gonna go bake some glazed pottery in my oven, ash the garden, compost pile, snow,, litter box and outhouse, make some lye for soap,, then maybe pretzels....
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:12 PM
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You run out of quote tags or something?
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