The idea is to drill holes and fill with a chemical to break down the
Would a manual bit brace do the trick, or would you use a
battery-powered hand drill. What size? Length of bit, etc.? Thanks
Thanks to all for responding.
The bit was $24 at Lowe's. The cheapest drill to handle it was $89.
(They tried to sell me a drill for $199.) Worst of all, the potassium
nitrate instructions said it would take 4-6 MONTHS to soften the wood
for burning. The internet led me to believe it would take 4-6 WEEKS.
Can't rent a grinder because I have no truck to transport it back and
So it's back to the old method I used for the other stumps: An ax and
a lot of sweat. There are only 3 stumps remaining anyway.
Sure woulda been nice to find an easier method. At age 60, swinging
that ax beats the hell out of my hands and wrist joints.
firstname.lastname@example.org (BroJack) wrote in wrote:
Sounds like the KNO3 method is tantamount to turning your tree stump into
a compost pile, except with industrial strength reagents.
For faster results, you could try drilling more smaller diameter holes
instead of just the one. Most people have 3/8" drills, an 8" long bit is
another story. If you're stuck with a short length bit, you could always
drill a pattern and whack the stump a couple of times to increase the
depth and available surface area. Adding water periodically would
probably accelerate the results, along with warmer temperatures and.
All this being theoretical, never had to do it myself.
Got to go, good luck.
On Fri, 04 Jun 2004 17:20:54 -0600, Dave Balderstone
Actually, I had a stump ground out about 6 years ago in Dallas and it cost us
about 45 dollars for someone to come do it.
Need a good, cheap, knowledge expanding present for a friend?
I was watching a program on the building of the Erie Canal a few years back
and one striking accomplishment I noticed was the method used for removing
tree stumps. They had two huge wheels, looked like about 4 horses high from
the drawing, with an axle between the two. The axle was placed over the
tree stump and a chain was fastened around the axle and then around the tree
stump. Chains were then placed around the wheels and then to a team of
horses and the wheels were pulled forward. The leverage was such that the
stump would easily be removed. It was said that this method was quite
effective for its time.
There's another device I've seen for pulling stumps. It's a homemade gadget made
from a metal tire rim and a piece of I-beam and a couple of pieces of chain.
It's basically a big lever to pry the stump out of the ground with the tire rim
acting as the fulcrum.
I'd go about 6-8" deep with a 1/2" or larger bit (preferably auger)
using an electric drill.
Then I fill the holes with diesel and give it about 15 minutes to
saturate the stump. Repeat once more than lite it.
After a few days there won't be a stump.
Don't do it if the surrounding area is "at risk" of also catching on
Another method is to cover the stump with charcoal and lite it. The
charcoal will burn out the stump.
email@example.com ( firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote in message
Yeah, $1.00 worth of diesel, a couple days spent watching and tending
it while trying to burn it, getting permits for an outdoor fire or
paying the resulting fines in most municipalities, worrying that the
fire may spread somewhere else, then finally renting the stump grinder
when it won't burn away.
"Pump diesel into the soil"???
No, you fill the holes you drilled in the stump with the diesel. It'll
saturate the stump and then burn. Get it??
On Fri, 04 Jun 2004 14:41:30 GMT, don' email@example.com (The Watcher)
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