How to Burn Tree Stumps

If you have decided to get rid of a tree in your yard, then after the actual tree is cut, you have to deal with the stump. Tree stumps, especially old and deep, can be difficult to remove. However, an easy and cheap way to remove the stump is to burn it. You can get rid of your Pisky Tree Stump in a short time, taking steps to make the stump more flammable and burning until it is ashes.

Making the Stump Flammable

Remove flammable substances from around the stump. Take away wooden structures and materials from the stumps. Use a rake to remove any dry leaves or small rods on the surrounding ground.

You can consider around the stump with chicken wire for extra protection.

Always keep a bucket of water or water hose near you while burning.

Drill a hole in the center of the stump from top. Attach a 1 inch (2.5 cm) spade or other wood-boring bit in your power drill and drill a hole in the center of the stump at an angle of 30 degrees. Make your hole deeper than about 8 inches (20 cm) to 10 inches (25 cm). [2]

If your stump is less than 8 inches (20 cm) then just drill so that you can reach the roots.

Ensure that after the drilling ends you remove the debris from the hole.

Repeat the drilling process at the top of the stump. Once you drill your holes in the center of the stump, continue to drill the hole at the top, so that approximately 1 inch (2.5 centimeter) space is left between each hole you drill.

Like with its center hole, each hole should be 8 inches (20 cm) to 10 inches (25 cm) deep. If your stumps are smaller than this, make sure your hole is at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) deep.

Once the drilling is done, clean the debris with each hole.

If it is above the ground then holes on the edges of the stump. If the trees are cut off even after the cut of the stump, then drill the hole in the stump so that the stumps can catch fire and burn more easily.

As you did with the hole drilled from above the stump, leave about 1 inch (2.5 cm) space between each hole drilled with the circumference of the stump.

Be sure to drill these holes so that they connect to the holes which you drill from below. The more air that is capable of circulating across the entire stump, it will be as easy as lighting it.

Using your garden trolley, fill each hole with potassium nitrate. This will burn your stump very well. Leave the space approximately 5 inches (1.3 cm) from the top while holes filling.

For maximum protection, wear protective clothing such as gloves, a mask, and protective goggles while working with potassium nitrate.

After dealing with potassium nitrate, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Store it in a well ventilated place and tightly locked container when you are not using it.

Charcoal can also be used in place of potassium nitrate.

You can also choose to use kerosene to make your stumps more flammable. However, before placing light, you have to leave the stump for a week to absorb the soil oil.

To dissolve potassium nitrate, add hot water to each hole. Use a cup with a spout and bucket full of hot water. Immerse the cup in the bucket, then pour water into the hole. Continue to pour water until all potassium nitrate is dissolved.

You can also keep the funnel in each hole and put water in the funnel directly from the bucket.

The water will help spread nitrate across the stump and make the whole structure more flammable.

If you have opted for charcoal or kerosene instead of potassium nitrate, then you do not need to put water in the stumps.

Igniting the Stump

Build a taped shape on the stumps with scrap wood. Place one end of each piece of scrap wood on an angle and the opposite ends meet at the top of the stump in the shape of the cone.

This is a common way of collecting firewood on open flames to promote combustion.

You can also just place scrap wood on top of the tree stump. However, it may take more time for the stump to start a fire like this.

Lighten scrap wood and wait for the stumps to ignite. Use a match of the kindle to lighten the scrap wood below. Do not use gas to lighten the scrap wood.

The timing of catching the stumps on the fire changes on the basis of case-by-case. Allow up to 1 hour for the stumps to ignite.

Dry leaves, dry bark, and even dry liners all make well when starting a fire. Any dry, easily chopped material makes great burning.

Add more wood to keep the fire as necessary. It may take several hours or even days to burn your stump completely. As long as the stumps burn, put the scraps of fire into the fire.

You probably will not need to add any wood to the fire for a small stump; The initial fire probably will be enough to burn the whole stump.

If your stomach takes more than a day to remove through the burning, then add wood to the fire by midnight, then let it burn until morning. Fire will be weak throughout the night but will not die out in all probability.

Monitor the stump until all the wood has been reduced to ash. As the stem slammers and wood are turned into ash, keep an eye on the stumps that the fire is in control and there is no need to burn again.

If it starts to burn out of control or threatens to spread in the vicinity then be prepared to extinguish the fire with water or dirt.

Schedule a heavy block of time for your burn; It will take at least an hour or two to remove the stump.

Removing the Burned Stump

Use a shovel to break and remove any remaining roots. Once the fire stops burning and all the wood burns, use your shovel to break the root or any large piece of the stump.

If the roots of the stump are still hard and tough to remove with the shovel, then consider cutting it with the ax to break them and make them easy to remove.

Keep the burned pieces in a fire-safe container or bucket. Do not place these pieces on the grass around the burnt stumps, as they may still be blooming and cause fire.

Be careful while handling these pieces; If they are still blooming, they can burn you. Use protective gloves if possible.

Aerated concrete or composite wood is a good example of fire resistant material that you can use.

Fill the burned holes with new soil. Once all debris has been removed, change the area where the stump was in fresh soil to match the area around the hole.

To grow grass in the exposed patch of grass, cover your newly filled holes with turf seeds.


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