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Historically speaking, potassium derives from pot ash and now potash when -- if there were no geologic sources of $\ce{K2CO3}$ -- woods were burnt in a pot. The addition of water will dissolve $\ce{K2CO3}$ and other high soluble matter, but not the ash. According to wikipedia, the addition of amine may lower the amount of KCl, but basically then, as by ...


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The composition of the wood ashes varies with the nature and the origin of the wood. In the average, it is a mixture of $40$ % - $70$ % $\ce{CaCO3}$, $5$% - $10$% $\ce{MgCO3}$, $5$% - $10$% $\ce{K2CO3}$, $5$% - $10$% $\ce{Na2CO3}$, $2$% - $5$% $\ce{SiO2}$, $2$% - $5$% $\ce{Ca3(PO4)2}$, $0.5$% -$2$% $\ce{Al2O3}$, <$1$% $\ce{NaCl}$, <$1$% $\ce{KCl}$, ...


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It seems that by partial crystalization, it can be somewhat purified as the most soluble salt, but cannot be easily purified to high purity degree. It may be andvantageous to crystalized near water freezing point. Solubility in $\pu{g/100 mL}$ for $\pu{0^{\circ}C, 20^{\circ}C, 100 ^{\circ}C}$ $\ce{KCl}$:28, 34.1, 56.3 $\ce{K2CO3}$: 105, 111, 156 $\ce{NaCl}$:...


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