On Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:41:34 +0000, Lobster wrote:
Can you get to the edge of the stump ? If so, dig around as much as you
can (I appreciate you've said it's tight) and the chop all the roots off,
and lift the (heavy !) stumpball out.
When we moved in, we cut down an old apple tree, and I wanted to put a
shed on slabs, where the stump was. I tried *everything* sort of dynamite
to burn it out (diesel, petrol, white spirit. Drilling holes all in,
filling it with liquid, setting it alight, seeing it flare for a few
minutes, and then die out.
In the end I chopped it out.
Too fast and violent. A bit like throwing petrol on a bonfire.
The only method that stands a chance is to saturate the wet wood with
potassium nitrate and wait until it is the dryest day and then light a
bonfire on top. You need both dry wood and oxygen to make it burn.
With any luck it will smoulder away deep into the ground, perhaps with
the addition of some extra brushwood on top from time to time.
My burn attempts served only to hollow and weaken the large stump into
three manageable pieces that I could then crowbar out with scaffold
poles. Eventually they were dry enough to go in the wood burning stove.
On Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:05:09 -0700, Martin Bonner wrote:
The forest is 150 metres away, and also right at the back of my house. I
don't think we have Honey Fungus in New Zealand, but there will be
similar fungi. We are allowed to use the most dreadful of timber
treatments here, so Pinus Radiata lasts for many years in the ground.
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