Sunday, 12 August 2012

Stummped!

So here's were we left off.






Due to the amount of rubbish we hired a 5 tonne skip, which was only just about big enough. Instead of just putting the 140 (approx) bags of soil/rubble straight into the skip, we emptied most of them to fit more in. 





It took about 1.5 hours to fill the skip. Big thanks to JK, Adam and Deb for their hard work.

The next challenge was how to tackle the remainder of the old sycamore tree (pics of the old tree), which had grown through iron railings. We built a makeshift 'kiln' and filled it with a couple of bags of coal. Here's what it looked like.





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The fire roared intensely for hours and was still alight after 24 hours! Once all the rubbish had gone and the fire was at its hottest, it was time to tidy up.



The following day it was time to see the fruits of our labour and dismantle the 'kiln'.






The stump had reduced by half, maybe more, and we could now dig further down to expose beneath its mass. I think the next burn, in addition to drilling holes through the wood, will do the trick and remove the stump completely. If you look closely at the left, right and top of the trunk you can see the iron railings.






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