Sporkman is thinking ANFO.
Ammonium Nitrate (fertilizer) and fuel oil is a true explosive, and will
go kaboom without confinement - but it does need a cap to initiate.
Otherwise known as "ANFO". The US govt (used to) publish pamphlets with
instructions for farmers how to make the stuff to blow up stumps. The
mining industry (and certain road building) uses it extensively. Drill
holes in the rock, tanker truck pumps in pre-mixed ANFO, set blasting cap,
Sodium/Potassium nitrate plus fuel oil isn't a true explosive - burns rather
Should be considered with caution, because below-ground fires can
be _extremely_ nasty to put out, and pop up hundreds of yards
from where you set them.
While this is fun to do, I think the heat production is way too short-duration
to be much use with a stump.
Welding large castings, rails, etc... ;-)
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
If considering trying to burn stumps... be aware that anything the
fire doesn't take care of.... will be well preserved.. We did the
"drill holes, fill with fuel, soak, burn" ended up with stumps that
would not rot..
You know, it's well into the realm of "not fun", but if you're
really in a hurry to get the damn stump out and you're too
cheap to rent a tractor, you can always take a shovel and an axe
to it. (or, if you're careful and quick, someone else's chainsaw.)
I removed four that way in my yard. I have two more two go.
Rinse off the roots to prevent the sand from wearing out the chainsaw.
My Grandpa Bomb would have done it entirely different.
Death to the christian jew cop government.
Stumps have sand and dirt mixed into the wood. Really dulls
saw chain in a hurry (couple minutes or less). DAMHIKT.
Dulls sawzall blades, too, this I know. Taking out about an
8 inch tree with a sawzall, like 10 blades, and a couple
On Tue, 8 Jun 2004 09:09:28 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
Hmm--I was gonna suggest using a Sawzall. I took out an 8" douglas
fir with mine. Used a chain saw to down it (2' stump), dug a bit
around the roots to expose them, and severed each with the Sawzall.
The only hard one to get at was the tap root. Used a "wood and nails"
It was unexpectedly quick and easy (30 min. for the stump) and didn't
appreciably dull the single blade (as far as I remember).
I imagine the type and hardness of the tree made the difference.
--John W. Wells
Learn more about Existentialism
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)
On Sun, 06 Jun 2004 12:01:37 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Oliver) wrote:
If you think ANY stump is watertight you might want to try drilling into a few
of them. I wouldn't bet on any stump containing anything completely. Yes, you
would be pumping it into the stump, but it will be escaping from the stump into
the ground. Stumps interact with the soil around them. That's their purpose. If
they were liquid-tight they wouldn't do much good for the trees, would they?
There is a difference between "pumping diesel into the ground" and saying
that there *might* be some diesel that is incompletely burned that escapes
into the ground.
So, let's say I pump 1/2 liter of diesel into a into a 1 meter high 2 meter diameter
stump. I then burn that stump to the ground. How much of that 1/2 liter do you
actually claim will be (a) unburnt and (b) in the ground?
On Sun, 06 Jun 2004 21:25:56 -0000, email@example.com (Bill Oliver) wrote:
Yes, since it's a safe bet that if you pump some diesel into a stump, some WILL
get into the ground around that stump.
Unknown, but I'd be willing to bet that SOME would. Since one of the reasons I
moved into the country was to live out here, I'd prefer not to pump any diesel
into the ground if I have a choice in the matter. If that means a little more
work with a pick and pry bar, I'll do the extra work.
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