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12-04-2002, 11:12 PM
OK, all you junior chemists. What do I use to disolve/disintegrate tree stumps (aside from a backhoe or dynamite).
I know I used to be able to get some stuff from Agway that'd disappear a stump in a few weeks, but they don't seem to stock it any more.
I've got about 17 Beech, Hickory, and Maple stumps that need to go away before June.

12-05-2002, 12:45 AM
I dunno how big your stumps are, but depending on size etc there may be some nice wood there.....

12-05-2002, 04:47 AM
Stump grinder - powered by hydrocarbons

12-05-2002, 07:27 AM
I believe youre looking for potassium nitrate which helps to break down the stump by dissolving the lignin in the wood (lignin is the glue which hold the cells together)-a lot of farm supply stores will carry it-try an agway or southern states. The stuff isnt without some work-you usually need to bore a series of holes into the stump then pour it in, wait several weeks and then apply fuel oil and burn the stump out.

12-05-2002, 07:31 AM
Very funny!
The stumps are smallish. 6" to about 16" on one Beech and one Hickory. Anyone who wants the stumpwood is welcome to it! You just have to take them ALL!
Seems to me there's some conncoction or other made from diesel fuel and fertilizer or something... No one knows what I'm talking about?... Or was this a dream I had?

12-05-2002, 07:37 AM
remember the oklahoma city bombing? those bombs were made with a mix of diesel fuel and nitrate of soda. Dangerous stuff and you need a blasting cap to set it off. If you want near instant results Id go with the abaove suggestion and hire someone with a stump grinder-probably cheaper than buying the chemicals and you only have to watch.

Bert Langley
12-05-2002, 08:33 AM
Dutchrub was right, you are looking for potasium nitrate. On small stumps it does work pretty quickly. You can find it at farm stores, but you can also usually find it at most large grocery stores in the canning section for a much cheaper price. You bore some holes into the stump and pour it in. Takes a few weeks to work and then small stumps can usually be broken up with a shovel and covered over.

12-05-2002, 08:41 AM
Excellent! Thanks!

12-05-2002, 09:58 AM
Shamelessly stolen from here. (http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1740.html)

Here is a break down of what they say:

</font> Dig up the stump with a sharp spade or pick. This is both time- and labor-intensive, but effective. This method works well depending on the size of the stump and the enthusiasm of the labor crew.
</font> Consult a local arborist or tree service. Tree specialists use professional equipment to grind or chip the stump into large shreds before removing it. The cost for this service varies depending on the size and placement of the stump.
</font> Speed up the decomposition process of the stump with chemicals available at Garden centers, nurseries or hardware stores. Instructions for stump removal chemicals will vary from product to product, but all require drilling several holes in the stump. A measured amount of chemical is poured in each hole, then water is added to fill the holes. Let the mixture stand for four to six weeks. Repeat applications may be necessary. Once the stump is decomposed, it is burned.
</font> Include the stump in your landscaping. Hollow out the top with a router or drill and use it as a bird feeder. Fill it with water and watch the birds and butterflies it attracts, especially if surrounded by other trees and shrubs that offer a safe haven. Climbing vines or annuals planted in the stump with good Garden soil can turn the stump into a natural container.
</font> Finally, let the stump decay naturally. Cut off all new sucker growth before it reaches eight inches in height to gradually deplete the stored food. This can take five to 10 years, but is easy, inexpensive and chemical-free. As the wood softens it becomes more pliable. If a tree trunk is left, it can provide shelter for birds and small mammals. </font>Chad

12-05-2002, 10:43 AM
Potassium Chlorate will work better...add some sugar and very little water to the hole....and attract some termites................observe cautions about bombs above........

12-05-2002, 10:55 AM
Someone on the Mother Earth News forum asked the same question, and got similar answers. However one guy had a unique solution:

"...I removed 15 trees and was left with the question of what to do about the stumps. So I ordered mushroom plugs, drilled the stump to put in plugs, and grew Shiitake Mushrooms. The mushroom fungus ate the stumps and I ate the mushrooms. After 2 years I was walking past a stump and decided to kick it with my tennis shoe, it busted and popped out. I went to the other 14 and collected the stumps and filled the stump holes with dirt. Result I got mushrooms, and I didn't have to try to grind the stumps out or do a lot of work.
I got my mushroom plugs from www.fungiperfecti.com (http://www.fungiperfecti.com) " --Tobobear

I like that sort of thinking...eat thu dam' things up and get rid of 'em!

12-05-2002, 11:27 AM
The local agriculture agent told me to sprinkle them with garden fertilizer. I haven't tried it yet.

12-05-2002, 11:57 AM
Yeah, so what's wrong with dynamite?


Ed Harrow
12-05-2002, 01:05 PM
ROTFLMHO - That reminds me of a story involving a sizable pile of dirt, a bolder of substantial girth, a stubborn old trunk, a pretty nifty barn and a stick of Nobel's finast... :D

12-05-2002, 02:35 PM
Norm, disturbs the golfers.

12-05-2002, 10:12 PM
Too many goddam bowlingball sized rocks in my land to dig... (I use a pick axe to plant daffodil bulbs) Stump grinders aren't in the budget. Mushrooms take too long. Dynamite hurts my neighbors (the cheif of police's brother) ears. I don't want anymore damn mosquito hatcheries. I just want the damn stumps to go away.... :D

06-29-2005, 07:38 AM
Originally posted by Ironmule:
Did the stumps go away? :confused:

Jeff SmithNegative. They became "landscape accesories". (IE: Lawnmower hazards) Some day....

Ed Harrow
06-29-2005, 08:26 AM
The boulder did (or should I say it was "relocated"). ;)

Jim Goodine
06-29-2005, 08:39 AM
Of course, the time frame is the problem. I'd just bring in a backhoe and dig them out. If you had time, mulch them. If they are kept damp, they will rot pretty quickly.