Aside from the legal problems, admit that you have no idea how big or deep
this hole should be, and how much powder to charge in. Guessing will not
work. Some things can be learned on-the-job, but blasting?
There are good reasons that stumps are no longer removed by blasting, even
by those who might know how.
Crafty ( email@example.com) wrote:
: Hello. I have been having trouble with removing a stump. I cannot afford to
: rent a dozer, grinder, or hire someone to do it for me. I have several
: LARGE stumps to remove. Digging is also impossible because there are many
: other tree roots nearby, and the ground is mostly rock and clay.
I've heard that you can get rid of stumps by drilling holes into the
stumps and then watering frequently (daily?) with a high nitrogen
fertilizer. The organic breakdown of wood is limited by the supply of
air, water and nitrogen - give it plenty of all three and it'll turn
to compost pretty quickly. At least, that's the theory - I've never
There's also burning out the stump. It's reckless, but probably safer
than blasting. I'd use the air/water/nitrogen technique myself.
I did a quick look in google and found this.
Its possible to buy explosives to remove the stumps. Here you must obtain a
license from the county before you can purchase explosives. Its not cheaper
then grinding. When you are done removing them with explosives you have a
large hole in the ground that will need to be filled and a large stump that
will need to be disposed of in some manner ( you said no fire). Grinding
makes a lot of sense. A lot of stumps can be done in a day. I like to burn
my stumps. I simply build a small fire on top of the stump and add some
more fire wood every few hours. Usually takes about a week.
Yeah,like that will work.Might shoot the cork a good distance.
When using explosives,one must consider where the debris will fly.
(possible damage to property,especially other's)
Blasting inside city limits also is a no-no.
From your comments/plans,it appears you lack knowledge of safely doing any
explosives work. I'd suggest a pro.
I load shotgun shells often, so I am familiar with gunpowder. I wasn't
aware that it was so unstable, and I've never had it detonate prematurely.
A little wood glue should hold the cork in place well enough. I already
have gunpowder, so the cost would be minimal.
All right, let's give you an introduction to explosives.
Something explodes because it is in a confined space.
A cork plugging the hole is not sufficient to keep the
gunpowder from simply burning quickly and popping
Frankly, I cannot BELIEVE that people haven't told
you about the most common way to make an explosive,
but perhaps it's so they don't want to share it with a few
dozen teenagers looking for a way to blow something up.
Ammonium nitrate at the farm supply store, with
diesel fuel to increase effect by a factor of 10,
with a shotgun shell as detonator.
It's what they used to "blow stumps". Oklahoma
bombing used about 5,000 pounds of it.
You did it now! Son the black helicopters will be flying over your home!!!
When the Oklahoma bombing took place some people were shocked to find out
about the mix for the bomb. Someone even mentioned to me as to how people
find out about stuff like this. I mentioned one such conversation to my Dad
and he reached into his file cabinat and showed me some information he has
had for years on mixing and use of the fertilizer/diesel fuel mix. The sheet
had the address where it came from, I forget the specifics, but it came
right from a county goverment office, and it was given out to farmers with
the intent for ues to blow stumps, ditches, and watering holes for
Yeah, before posting it I did a search and verified
that the same information is readily available. Such as
But in view of the "Homeland Security" stuff nowadays,
and since the original poster obviously didn't get told how
to do it at his local country store, I suggest salt peter to
rot it out, instead.
Buying potassium nitrate at a hugely inflated price as salt
peter isn't really smart. And, unless you live in a very
warm and wet climate, the salt peter isn't going to make the
stump easlily cut out in a few month. Try 3-4 years and
even longer depending on they type of tree.
I know. And getting mushrooms started on the stump
will break it down, too.
Only reason I mentioned the saltpeter is because the
stump rotting product had already been mentioned,
with the same ingredient. Even if it took a 50 pound
bag of ammonium nitrate, it would be better than an
amateur trying his hand with blasting stumps.
Did you hear the one about the man that woke up
in the hospital after a bad accident? He screamed
"I can't feel my legs!!!" Doctor comes in and says,
"That's right. Your arms are gone."
The tree stumps aren't eating anything, some fertilizer on
them and in them will help break them down over a
few years, and be done with it.
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