It's rough work trying to get stumps down to ground level with an ax.
Used a stump grinder earlier this summer, but missed two small ones
which were "hiding" under a honesuckle patch.
Someone suggested using a metal can with top and bottom removed,
filled with charcoal. Any other tips? Is it necessary to poke holes
in the sides? If so, what tool is used, that won't flatten the can?
On Fri, 17 Sep 2004 00:50:34 GMT, email@example.com (BroJack) wrote:
It won't flatten the can if you support the interior with a wooden
2x4. You could drill holes into each stump and fill it with
potassium nitrate (salt peter)--that will help the stumps to burn, or
it will hasten the stump to rot.
You use an old fashion beer opener to punch the side of the can all the way
around before you use the can opener to take the bottom off. A coffee can works
but it stinks until the paint burns off. An empty paint can from the BORG would
I've heard of drilling holes in the stumps, and fill the holes with powdered
milk. Supposed to rot it out faster. I've not tried this, can't say if it
Don't waste your time with a chainsaw. Dulls the chain far too rapidly.
Sawzall is good, use cheep blades from Harbor Freight. I took out a stump
last year with a sawzall, and a come along tool. Several days work.
Take the can and fill it with water and freeze it. The ice will provide
enough of a backing to let you drill or punch the holes in it and then you
can just remove the bottom with a can opener.
Check with your muncipality about open fire regulations before you do this
though, as you may need a permit, or it may not be allowed at all. If the
fire department is called to come to your house and you haven't done the
proper paperwork, they're going to be very unhappy, and your pocketbook will
<< Someone suggested using a metal can with top and bottom removed, filled with
Urban legend, doesn't work, been there, done that. Don't waste any time trying,
simply rent the stump grinder and get rid of the offending left over stumps.
The way I always heard the trick, you are supposed to soak the stump with
Kerosene first and the charcoal fire has to go all day. I figure it is worth a
bag of charcoal to find out. Cook some weenies while you are at it, so it won't
be a total waste.
Assuming you can do it safely, burning is the best way!! I've
chopped, ground, and burned and the burning is the best way.
Drill lots of holes and soak the stump in diesel then light her up. A
complete burn can take days so you need to make sure the fire won't
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