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The Pros and Cons of Burning a Tree Stump

There a few different ways you can get rid of an old tree stump in your garden. If you don't want to wait for the stump to rot away naturally, you may be thinking about burning it out as a quick fix.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of stump burning?

The Advantages of Burning out a Tree Stump

Fire is an effective way of destroying wood. It can reduce a stump to ashes, leaving you with a minor clean-up job. While it may take a little time to get the stump ready for burning, this process doesn't require a lot of physical effort. Other removal alternatives, like digging out the stump, take a lot more hard work.

Burning is also a faster way of getting rid of a stump than other methods. For example, chemical stump removers take time to degrade the wood until it starts to break down. Fire burns it relatively quickly.

The Disadvantages of Burning out a Tree Stump

Burning out a tree stump isn't always a quick process. To start, you'll have to wait a while after the tree is taken down for the stump to lose its natural moisture. You also need to burn when the wood is dry and not damp from weather conditions like rain. You also don't have any guarantee that one burn will remove all the stump. It can take days for a fire to break down some stumps; you may need multiple goes to remove the whole thing.

Burning also has environmental and safety issues. The smoke isn't pleasant to live with and may affect your neighbours. You also have to make sure that the fire is contained to the stump. For example, if the stump is close to a fence, then a burn-out is a risky process. The fence may get smoke damaged or even catch light from sparks.

You may also see some damage on your lawn or ground around the stump. If the grass in the area burns, then it's gone. You may need to reseed or turf parts of your lawn or live with an unsightly burned patch.

If you want a quick way to get rid of a tree stump with the least possible effort, then consider hiring a stump grinding company. They can break up and remove all of your stump in just a few hours without any of the headaches that burning might give you.