Burning Out Pine Stumps

“With the tap-rooted pine stumps of the South, which seldom exceed 30 inches in diameter, the general method of burning is to dig a hole 15 to 18 inches deep and about a foot wide on one side of the stump, down along the tap-root, and then to bore a hole from the surface of the ground on the other side of the stump into the bottom of the dug hole.  This hole should be about 2 inches in diameter, for smaller holes sometimes become choked with soot. A fire is started with brush in the bottom of the dug hole, and as the draft through the bored hole draws the fire into the stump, the whole stump will soon be blazing.”

Source:  U.S.D.A., 1946

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