Coal ash is produced from the burning of coal- it’s basically the powder that’s left behind once the coal has finished burning. Coal ash includes several by-products produced from burning coal, including:

  • Fly Ash: a very fine, powdery material made of silica created from the burning of finely ground coal in a boiler.
  • Bottom Ash: a coarse, angular ash particle that is too large and heavy to be carried up into the smoke, so it ends up in the bottom of the coal furnace. Leaving a pile of ash coal powered.
  • Boiler Slag: molten ash that turns into pellets that have a smooth glassy appearance after it is cooled with water.

Coal ash is thrown away or used in different ways depending on the type of by-product, the processes at the plant and the regulations the power plant must follow. There aren’t many uses of coal ash as it is just grey, sooty powder. Coal ash is one of the largest types of industrial waste produced in the United States, with 130 million tons of coal ash generated in 2014 alone. Coal ash isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, either; the EPA’s recent rules still leave it up to states to manage the ash.

Coal ash can be very messy, and you can go from clean to a powdery, grey mess in just a matter of minutes. If you want to keep your fireplace as clean  as possible, we offer coal cleaning supplies on our site, such as a COMPLETE STARTER SET which includes: 4-fold Fire screen, 5-piece Companion Set and Coal Bucket, all in one box! We offer a wide range for buckets for all your ashy needs, we also offer firelighters for those tricky times of starting off your coal.

If your struggling to control your flying ash or need to get your glossy pellets out of your burner, get in contact with us for all your coal merchant needs, we’d love you to hear from you.