How to use a garden incinerator?

How to use a garden incinerator?

How-to-use-a-garden-incineratorGarden incinerators burn garden or allotment waste at very high temperatures quickly and efficiently. They are certainly a popular accessory at my local allotment. Garden incinerators are relatively simple to use, and below are some tips to get you burning. You may also like to see my guide on the Best Garden Incinerators.

Things to do:

  • Ensure that your incinerator has legs
    This allows the air to be pulled into the incinerator through the holes at the bottom of the kiln.
  • Stand your incinerator on bricks
    To help with the air flow
  • Ensure your incinerator is stable
    To minimise any risk of it falling it over, especially when burning hot
  • Allow the incinerator to burn hot before adding organic matter
    Try starting with paper and kindling
  • Use dry organic material
    This will burn the best and produce the least smoke
  • Use the lid
    This will help keep the incinerator hot and aid burning
  • Observe local regulations
    Smoke can be a nuisance – if in doubt check your allotment policy or your local government website
  • Take precautions against accidents
    Where thick gloves, long sleeves, sturdy shoes and eye protection


Things to avoid:

  • Household waster (paper is okay)
    Burning household waste may be considered a health hazard
  • Over filling your incinerator
    This will slow burning and increase the chance of your incinerator toppling over
  • Burn in very dry weather
    Minimise risk of accidental fires
  • Burn in enclosed spaces
    Could there be a risk of fire spreading if hot embers came out of your incinerator?
  • Use wet materials
    This will create a lot of smoke. This may be fine at the allotment, but nevertheless, check the direction of the wind. Also, consider if wet organic waste could be composted instead.
  • Leave your incinerator unattended
    Minimise risk of accidental fires
  • Remove hot ash
See my guide on the best garden incinerators or follow the link to browse garden incinerators on

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