March 2016 Stump Removal Part 4: Using Chemicals
Drill Holes In The Stump
Trim off as much of the top of the protruding stump as you can. Using a one inch spade bit with a spade bit extender, drill several one inch holes around the perimeter of the stump about a foot deep and three to four inches back from the edge. Drill more holes three to four inches down from the rim at a 45-degree angle to connect with the other holes. They’ll provide vent holes for burning or help the rotting process.
You could remove a stump by renting a stump grinder, but another way is to buy a can of stump remover. Most brands are made of powdered potassium nitrate, which speeds up the rotting process. You simply pour the granules into drilled holes and fill the holes with water. The stump will become pretty spongy after four to six weeks. Keep kids and pets away. Then you can break out the rotten wood with an ax.
For labor-free removal, the manufacturers of stump remover suggest burning out what’s left of the stump by pouring kerosene or fuel oil (never gasoline) into the holes. Wait until the liquid completely permeates the wood. Then drop a match into the holes to start the burning process. The stump will smolder for days, eventually leaving a charcoal-filled hole. It’s dangerous having a giant, smoldering ember in your yard, so some precautions are in order. Envelop the stump in chicken wire, remove all leaves from the vicinity before ignition and keep an eye on it!
We suggest the ax method for finishing the job. Stump removers work only on older stumps that have been dead for a year or so, not freshly cut tree stumps.
Using Top Tree LLC
Top Tree LLC is your best choice for any tree stump removal needs in Richland. All of our technicians are highly trained and properly certified. We are happy to answer any questions you have now or in the future.