Gunpowder isn't unstable, as you well know. Some people are
just scared of anything they don't know. OTOH, you
apparently haven't been around people who do know how to
blow stuff up without making a complete botch of it. You
have to shape the charge or at least direct it.
But to the larger topic. Your description of how hard this
wood is, sounds like a troll. Or, you have really crappy
tools. A simple brace and bit would have bored those holes
just fine, let alone using any power equipment. You have
had these stumps for years. If you had drilled a few holes
and put potassium nitrate in the holes, most of your problem
would be solved, and the potassium nitrate if put into the
wood holes would not affect your well. You best solution is
still to bore deep holes, add potassium nitrate, wait a
year, and then burn the stumps. First, don't buy some fancy
stump dissolver since it is just plaint potassium nitrate.
If you can't find it, just use ammonium nitrate (common
fertilizer), pack the holes, add water, and seal the hole if
you want. To burn these stumps, a contained fire would work
a lot better, although a hot maintained fire will also
work. You will need a bunch of fuel, so you need to build a
bonfire around the stump.
Of course, a much simpler solution is what everyone clearing
land does, buldoze the stumps into a pile and burn them.
On Sun, 16 Nov 2003 00:59:39 GMT, "George E. Cawthon"
You reminded me. Many years ago I had a mesquite stump to get rid of
(mesquite is *very* hard).
Sawed it off as flush to the ground as I could manage with a big
logger's saw, then dug around the roots to expose them.
Covered the whole thing with charcoal and lit it off.
Daily I'd come home from work and add more charcoal.
It was gone (below ground-level) in slightly over a week.
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look in the yellow pages under tree care or aborists. find those who
advertise stump grinding. get some bids. hire one. that is THE best way
to do it. youwill endup with piles of rich mulch, nothing broken or
screwed up and lighter in the pocket with a job well done
Well, ok. First of all, you'd get a more effective and cheaper blast
using ammonium nitrate (common fertilizer) and diesel fuel. Problem
is that you need to set it off with a blasting cap and that might be
tough to get. Second of all, you normally dig down between the roots,
make a much larger hole which you pack with the mixture above. Third
of all, you don't ever do that with a sump below.
The well sump is a real problem. The folks who told you that nitrogen
based fertilizer will work were quite right, but I don't know if the
residue is something you want to end up in your well.
FWLIW, I'd do it the hard way - dig down as far as you can, hook your
largest vehicle to the stump (use heavy chain) and pull. It's not
easy, but you'll eliminate the problem of well damage which could be
far more expensive.
If it were me, I'd get a friend with a backhoe and I'd stick an old
chain on the chainsaw.
Well, the usual answers are chemcals, fire, hire it out, dig and saw, or
Since you've ruled out all the answers, I guess you are stuck with your
problem since you don't want an answer.
BTW, explosives will create all the problems you say you don't want. You
obviously don't have experience with explosives, or you'd just go do it. And
not bother to post to usenet.
You're still stuck with your problem. Too bad.
If renting a grinder is too inconvenient how about using a chainsaw as
a gouger. That is use the tip of the chainsaw to gouge out a large
hole in the stump so that you can pour chemicals into it and minimize
the chemicals running out to contaminate the soil. Once the surface
layers of the stump have softened use the chainsaw to remove the gunk
and repeat the process until the stump can be cut back to below ground
No flame intended, but that is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! Never, ever use
the tip of a chainsaw to gouge - that's an invitation for kickback and
serious injury. Many folks cut with the top of the bar, most use the
bottom, and a few adventurous souls (usually loggers) use the bottom
quarter of the tip, but never the top quarter.
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