Sunday, March 25, 2012

Burning the stump


The massive stump of a big oak tree that was split during the January, 2009 ice storm has been a lumpy eyesore in our back yard ever since.

Maria, who has some experience with burning stumps from her farm days, suggested this morning that we give fire a chance. So she gathered wood from around the yard, including from a post-ice storm kindling pile and got a fire going on the side of the stump about 9:30 a.m.

I went out about 5 p.m. and threw more fuel on the fire as it slowly chews into the stump. This is a process that will take several days. There’s no rain in the forecast until Wednesday, so I’m guardedly optimistic that we can make some progress before nature puts out the fire.

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