As some one who has been W.E.T.T. (wood energy technology transfer) certified for a couple of decades, I am still learning. On the wett forum we have people who are insurance adjusters and consultants. the #1 cause of homes burning associated with wood heat is ash removal. A house not far from me went up in smoke after the owner removed the ashes in a steel pail and planted them next to the carport wall, the wind whipped them back to life and the wall caught, house gone. It is not unheard of for an owner to take dormant ashes out in a cardboard box and place them on the porch.
So please use a metal can with a lid and place it on a non combustible surface. Home Hardware in my are sell these or you may find steel 5 gal pails "with a lid".
By the way if you own a cottage with a steel roof, please check the chimney before lighting the fire. The winter has seen a lot of chimney damage due to "glacial ice movement" down the steel roof's. Paul.
great advice. Thanks for posting this
I have wood heat and am always careful to put my ash can outside, covered, on the ground.
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