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Swiss candle tree stump.
« on: October 14, 2018, 01:32:39 AM »
Trying to get rid of some large pine stumps (without it costing anything of course ;))
A couple of cuts in a cross, then light a small fire on top. Once the resin that had bled to the surface caught, it was away. Not sure how much we will get rid of, but it's burning hot, and we can throw more wood in the hole tomorrow to keep it going as long as needed. 
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2018, 01:37:27 AM »
Iím interested in how well this works, I have been uprooting pine and fir trees (busting roots with a cripple then pushing the tree over) but anything over 12Ē is just too much for my tractor.. leaving stumps isnít a option as the goal is to have a hay field in what was second growth forest 2 years ago..

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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2018, 01:57:38 AM »
Never heard of "busting roots with a cripple". Got a picture?
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2018, 02:07:40 AM »
I'll post some updates over the next few days. There is another stump that we didn't cut, just lit a burn pile on top, and kept feeding it. The middle of the stump is now below ground level, and we relit it after the rain at the weekend.

What amazed us was how the cross just started burning, all those flames on top are just from the stump, the kindling is long gone, and no accellerent needed. A big stump like that (about 3ft across) could probably do with a couple more cuts to make a star pattern and more surface area. 
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2018, 07:34:31 AM »
How dry the stumps?    Do you think this technique would work on green stumps?  on hardwood stumps?

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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2018, 07:51:15 AM »
X2 on the hardwood stumps. I was wondering about honey locust. Cedar stumps burn out pretty good without the crisscross. 
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2018, 08:09:48 AM »
I helped a friend with an apple stump. It had been dead a couple years, and was about as dry as it would get. We couldn't get it to burn, and ended up digging it out. Our technique may have needed tweaking, but I wasn't impressed with the results. We drilled a bunch of holes in it, soaked it in either lighter fluid or diesel(can't remember which), put charcoal briquets on top, and lit it up. Ended up with a charred stump that wasn't substantially different than before we started. I was skeptical from the start, and the results were about what I expected.

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2018, 02:06:15 PM »
These are pine stumps that have been down 6-12 months. Still basically green. I don't think drilling holes would work the same as they don't "draw" in air like the slots down the side of the log do. Looking down into the slots there are flames in the middle right down to the bottom, maybe 12" down.

Will go and check on progress this afternoon.
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2018, 01:48:05 AM »


Didn't get there yesterday, so the fire had gone out. Still gutted a fair whack of material out of the middle of the log. I put a couple more cuts in the site wall and we fired it up again. Left it with a good heat haze coming off it.  ;D
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2018, 09:21:46 AM »
A stump like that could take a week to burn down.  Cut them flush to the ground as possible.
I have a video of a stump I burnt down last year using charcoal, wood and a blower.   I used an old rim.  It isn't necessary but keeps the fire contained and can keep passers-by from reporting it.
You can see in the video where the rim sinks into the ground.  I got this one down 16 inches below grade and could have kept going but this took about a week.  I don't think I could have done it without the blower.  We have done several more since then using a charcoal chimney starter.  Dump the charcoal on the stump keeping the chimney starter upside down on top. Blow away the ash the next morning and put more charcoal in the crater to keep it burning.  Repeat as many times as you need.  
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2018, 01:40:51 PM »
As with lxskllr,I had no luck either. But I had 3 stumps together,seem like it was a white maple. 30 years ago! I poured used motor oil on the stumps and kept a piece of old metal roofing to keep the water off.The stump was cut the year before that. Seem like I did this 3-4 months. The big day came and I piled some brush on it and off it went. No wheres. I thought for sure that would burn down. It was cut down as low as I could.
Maybe if I would of had a higher stump?? I saw that on youtube,high stump,and it worked.
When I had my land logged,I had them move it. That worked.
I have a red oak stump,3 years old,and a metal drum with holes on the bottom for draft. I want to put the barrel over the stump and put the wood in it. I think I saw that on here. I hope it don't take a cord of wood to burn out the stump.
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2018, 02:24:28 PM »
I have tried with a high stump and a grade level stump.  The higher stump adds a couple days to your burn.
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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2018, 05:55:21 PM »
This was my attempt quite some time ago.

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Re: Swiss candle tree stump.
« Reply #13 on: Today at 03:49:01 AM »
Still smouldering. Probably needs to be left to go out so the ash can be turfed out, then fired up again. Plenty of scrap wood in the background. I'm busting the big pine logs up for firewood, and the brush needs to be burnt someplace, so may as well be on the stumps. 

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