Q and A: removing tree stumps and size of pressure canner — 7 Comments

  1. I agree with Jackie on getting the large canner, with a couple of caveats . . .

    First, don’t get one that’s too big to handle on your range. Our older electric range has a microwave built in over the top, and limits how big a canner we can use.

    Also, check the construction of your “burners” to be sure they are adequate to support a fully-loaded canner. They are kinda heavy with a full load of jarred produce.

    Other than that, go big.


  2. My dad put charcoal on the stump, squirted on starter, lit it then covered the whole with aluminum foil. It burned down slowly over a period of time. Right now with our drought I would not try this, but in a normal wet year it should work. The only problem I’ve heard of from this process is that the roots burned underground and started a fire some distance away from the stump.

  3. I don’t have any advice on the tree stumps, but I’d definitely agree with you on the canner — we don’t always do batches that take up all the space in our pressure canner, but when we do things like meat, we’ll often fill up the extra space with beans or something else it’s nice to have pressure canned for convenience.

  4. Should have said on larger stumps you may have to do this a couple of times. And should decide to steep the charcoal to use as a fertiliser do it well away from the house as after 10 days it gets pretty smelly!!

  5. Another way to deal with tree stumps is to use an old barrel or metal dustbin. Dig a small trench around the stump and fill it with dry waste wood. Light it and once well alight cover it with the barrel(metal of course). Seal any leaks around the edges with soil effectively turning it into a charcoal kiln. Leave it for a couple of days and the stump will literally have turned into charcoal. A much longer description cab be found on Permaculture magazines online pages as I am the first to admit I am pretty poor a describing things. We then crush and soak the charcoal in a barrel of water that has a net bag of sheep manure in.(though you could use nettle or comfrey tea) Leave to soak for about 10 days agitating daily. Scattering the drained charcoal on your veg garden acts as a slow release fertiliser. We have been using it for years with excellent results. Hope this helps. Once again Jackie we love your column and you now have quite a following here in Wales.

  6. if you are really broke AND patient, you can fence around a stump and leave pigs in there. they will get that stump eventually!