Best Wood Ashes Survival Uses

Wood ash is the powdery residue left after the combustion of wood. Anyone who grew up on a homestead was likely tasked with scraping out ash from a woodburner and taking it outdoors for disposal. Before engaging in some research on the many possible uses for wood ash from a preparedness perspective, I typically dumped the ash bucket in our compost pile.

The wood residue is an excellent addition to garden soil as it contains trace minerals and potassium. After the annual harvest and until the snow begins to fall, I often stroll around our growing areas and sprinkle ash into the vacated row to help prepare the land for the next growing season. Fostering nutrient-rich soil is just one of many ways that wood ash can be beneficial around the homestead, prepper retreat, or off grid farm.

During the 18th century, folks quickly realized the benefits of ash-derived potash, or potassium carbonate. The ash became so popular that some landowners in North America felled trees just to burn the wood and export the ash directly to England, where "potash fever" was in full swing.

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Less than two decades after the United States of America was born, the first patent issued in the new country was signed; it was for a wood ash-making process to create fertilizer. U.S. patent number 1: "An improved method of making pot and pearl ash.”

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