Best way? Its more like a large plant (castor oil plant) but its pretty large.
Tried to dig around but the roots seem well spread. Is it a case or suck it up
and dig it out or can I kill it somehow and wait for it to die off?
Tried the commerical stump killer stuff in the past - useless...
I'd dig as much as I could, chopping roots off as far as possible, then
hitch a strop to the Landrover and pull it out.
If I couldn't get the Landrover in, I'd rig the Hi-lift jack up to
winch it out.
Otherwise, simple diggin' 'n cuttin' and brute force .. ;)
A chain saw might help ...
On Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:24:42 -0700, jgharston wrote:
Ooohhh - that brings back memories of tales from Dad.
They had a large old tree in the middle of what had been a former
hedgeline and they wanted it out. Various options were suggested but
then one of the lads 'knew a pal' who could get some 'left over' dynamite.
They over calculated apparently and the tree show up on the air and back
down in exactly the same spot.
I never did discover just what happened after that.
We had a chap come and blow some stumps out at RHS Wisley, around
1989, they didn't allow stump gobblers because of the risk of fungal
pathogens, and he successfully lifted about three big ones but had an
extra stick of explosive left, so he doubled up on the last one. I saw
the dull red glow followed by the stump breaking up and the loud
crump. One smallish piece tumbled over in the air toward me and the
tropical greenhouse. It came over in such a lazy arc that I thought I
would easily field it but when it hit the ground about 50 m between me
and the site of the blast I was amazed, I could barely pick it up.
The curator insisted on excavators after that.
It was about this time I made the stump burner with an old vacuum
which was successful in some circumstances. Now I have a 1kW igniter
for a woodchip boiler that I suspect would work better but with stump
gobbles being widespread now there's not much need.
On Sun, 11 Mar 2012 06:48:58 -0700 (PDT), paulfoel
Burn it out. Splash with cheapo vegetable oil to make it more
flammable. May take quite a few application but it will remove pretty
much all stumps - or reduce them to easily removed ashes anyway.
Doesn't work unless its well old and dried out.
to be honest, get a new chain and sharpening file for the chainsaw and
expect it to be wreked when you are finished, and just carve it up
There are so many ways to do it but none do not involve hard physical
effort and/or expense.
Personally at the cheap end a pick spade and saw are perfectly usable.
Up at the top end you have diggers and stump grinders
I tend to save all these jobs until I have a digger onsite - its the
best way to totally clear ground, followed by rotovating or ploughing.
I have burned stumps out but they were very old and dry.
To people who know nothing, anything is possible.
To people who know too much, it is a sad fact
Just attack it with a hammer and an old wood chisel, half an hour work with
same demolished a 10" stump in my lawn last year.
I have ground down bigger stumps with an electric chainsaw. I re-fitted an
old chain and used a "G" clamp as a second handle on the end of the bar.
That soon ground down 3 bigger stumps that had been cut off just 4 or 5
inches above ground. They were all in lawn, I wasn't bothered about
removing them completely, just ground them down and turfed over.
On Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:31:43 +0000, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
Burning out stumps was the standard way of clearing land for farming
here back in the day, at least for stumps that were too big to pull out
with horses straight off. I think I recall reading somewhere that it
could take a couple of weeks per stump, though - not a "light a fire for
a few hours" kind of thing.
Yes, that's the way I've done it in the past, at least for stumps where
the trunk was up to a foot in diameter. Anything larger and I'd go for
powered equipment, renting if necessary, I think.
I used a full road grader myself.
The crowd I hired stuff like that from was run by one hell of a woman
who when I asked them to clear the site before building, said that the
road grader was the best thing to do that with. She was right.
Corse that was the first house in a new subdivision so there
werent any fences etc at that time. Not viable otherwise.
Just revisiting this thread as I think I might have another crack at my
ancient cherry stump (which is indeed 'well old and dried out', and full
of splits and cracks) this weekend. I'm sure getting the timber
impregnated with something burny has to help... what's the deal with veg
oil? Do you apply it and then start the fire straightaway or do you keep
sloshing over a period of time and then burn?
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