I have a mound in front of my house with two stumps in it (shown below). I have a quote for the excavation of the mound which includes the removal of dirt.

The difference between hauling the excavated stumps out and leaving them on the property is $600. Is it worth it to have them hauled out? Or can I use my EGO saw to poke at the stumps. If I can reduce them to fire pit sized chunks, even I go through 8 chains, I will have saved $500.

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  • Matters of opinion and finances are off-topic here.
    – isherwood
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 17:46
  • You should be able to get both of them ground down and the roots "chased" for $150-$200. To do two stumps that close together should not be much more than doing one.
    – SteveSh
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 20:46
  • Drill them full of holes, fill the holes with mushroom spawn, wait a while, eat....
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 1:14
  • dump burning charcoal on them. wait. repeat as needed. add a fan to speed things up. bath salts can work too if you're not in a hurry.
    – dandavis
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 16:32

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I am dealing with a similar dilemma. I decided to grind them. Here in AZ it costs $200 for stump grinding and they will grind down 6-8" below grade. You may want to look into that option.

  • Here in Philly, it's 1200
    – Wynne
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 1:06

I regularly burn stumps after pulling them out one caution if you are in an area that requires the fire to be put out at night stumps may reignite hours later, I usually cover them with dirt , they will sometimes smolder for months and I mean 8+ weeks smoke coming out when the smoke stops I mix all the dirt with some horse manure and instant potting soil / garden dirt. So I think it’s worth it to burn them if allowed in your area.


Not easy but dig out the soil around the stumps so you can saw them without dulling so many chains. I just had an 18" diameter oak cut down and the stump taken out to at least a depth of 6 " below grade. For a couple days (no hurry) I dug up all soil down to about 8". Used a hose to wash soil away from the roots.I asked the tree guy to get as deep as he could. He got surprisingly deep without changing chains but I bet he needed to sharpen it. It was 5 or $ 600 to take down the big 60 ft tree and stump but labor is not high in E.TX.

  • They'll be out of the ground. The $600 is just for the haul away.
    – Wynne
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 1:06

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