How to Use a Garden Incinerator

How to Use a Garden Incinerator

Garden incinerators burn garden or allotment waste at very high temperatures quickly and efficiently. They are certainly a popular accessory at my local allotment.

How-to-use-a-garden-incinerator on the allotment

Garden incinerators are relatively simple to use, and below are some tips to get you burning.


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

See garden incinerators on Amazon UK.

Things to avoid:

  • Household waste (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