Skip Nav
Food Reviews
Final Update! Pick Up This, Not That: Trader Joe's New February Foods
Oscars
Wow Partygoers With Award-Worthy Oscars Cookies
Get the Dish
Dig In to This Funfetti Cheese Ball

How to Recycle and Dispose of Grilling Charcoal

What to Do With Used or Leftover Charcoal

Your Summer grilling soiree was a hit, and all that's left to do is pack away leftovers and dump out your grill full of charcoal ash and spent hickory chips. But before you upend that Weber, take care to dispose of the mess safely (ash can still be hot!) and properly.

To dispose of charcoal and wood ash: Let the ash cool for 48 hours. You can speed up this process by pouring water over the hot charcoal and stirring it very carefully. When the ash has cooled completely, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in an noncombustible outdoor trash bin.

If you used additive-free lump charcoal: Fertilize your plants! Charcoal ash contains potash, an important nutrient for some plants. It's also a great way to increase the pH of the soil.

ADVERTISEMENT

When you have a bag of used charcoal (and not briquettes with additives) sitting around your garage, there are a number of ways to use it up, even if grilling isn't on this Summer's agenda.

  • Keep a few pieces in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator to kill odors.
  • Feed your compost pile to increase the carbon content.
  • Place a lump at the bottom of a flower vase to make cut flowers last longer.
  • Suppress garden weeds and maintain soil moisture by using charcoal as a mulch.
  • Mix crushed charcoal with orchid potting medium to increase the alkalinity.
  • And, of course, keep them around for Winter snowman faces!
Image Source: Flickr user ToastyKen
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Do You Grill With Gas or Charcoal?
How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
How to Make Balsamic Reduction
How to Make a Mason Jar Salad
Tips For Beginner Bakers
How to Carve a Turkey
How to Make Pie Crust Pictures

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds