How does a garden incinerator work?
Getting rid of your garden waste can be a challenge. It can be time-consuming and often expensive. Clippings, trimmings, leaves, and other debris accumulate quickly in even small gardens and needs to be disposed of. A garden incinerator is an inexpensive way to do it quickly and efficiently.
It is a fairly basic device. They are normally made of galvanized steel and can be square or a cylindrical drum. This form the kiln which will have a decent lid and holes near the bottom for ventilation. Fire needs air.
This is the process to follow:
1 – Position the incinerator
Find a safe level area with a firm surface that is clear. See the safety instructions below for more on this. Make sure you get the positioning right as once it is going you will not be able to move the incinerator.
2 – Prepare the material to be incinerated
Have everything together in one place. You need to have your kindling, larger branches, and other materials all on hand and separate.
3 – Prepare and light the incinerator
The same principles of building any fire apply. First, ensure the vents are open so that oxygen can enter. Place scrunched-up newspaper at the base with small kindling twigs or dry grass clippings above that. You can then light it up. This can be done through the side holes.
Once it starts to heat and it is burning well you can slowly add larger content and thicker branches. As soon as the kiln is hot and the fire is burning vigorously you can start adding the debris that does not burn too well. Doing this too soon could kill the fire.
Once all the debris in inside the kiln you should put the lid on as this increases the heat and speeds up the process.
4 – Cleaning out the ashes
Once the debris has all been incinerated to need to remove the ashes and clean the kiln. You obviously want to wait until the fire is completely out and the ash, as well as the drum, have cooled down. You can speed the process up by closing the ventilation and starving the kiln of oxygen.
Once cooled the ashes can be tipped into another container. A great idea is to use the ashes in your garden as they make a good fertilizer. Alternatively, dispose of them in an appropriate land dump.