I'm in kind of a conundrum here - looking for some ideas for anti skid for my driveway.
I've lived here for 20+ years and have always burned wood for heat. Wood ashes for anti-skid are fantastic - only second to actual cinders which can't be had anymore. I have a fairly steep section of my driveway that leads up to the main road which needs to be treated a few times every winter when we get a sleet or ice storm. Because of a physical disability now I am going to have to use our new oil fired furnace for heat and use the wood stove only for backup. I have one garbage can full of ashes left from last winter but when that is gone that is it.
Since my barn isn't heated getting any bulk anti-skid material isn't an option. Years ago I worked for the highway department and have seen even huge piles (2000+ ton) of seemingly dry anti-skid freeze solid. So my option for storage is in garbage cans in my basement. From there I would have to haul it up the couple outside access stairs to dump in my loader bucket to then spread on the driveway by hand.
I'm thinking of some kind of sand that would come in bags similar to those of Sakrete. I have no idea what is available at Lowe's as far as sand or anti-skid in bags but we are going to a city that has one the end of this month.
Any thoughts? What are other folks with gravel/dirt driveways using?