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    Default Hauling Wood Debris

    I am planning out a new property clean up project that will begin next spring.

    I need some ideas about how to most efficiently move stumps, wood debris, etc. to a remote section of my 40 acres to start cleaning up a 7-8 acres section of woods around the house and stream. We purchased the house and land last year and have been renovating the house but that should be wrapped up this winter. I have a L3800 with a grapple, forks, box blade and a bush hog. There are a lot of downed trees and debris from the previous two hurricanes as well as decades of general neglect and storm damage. I've had about 3 acres of it cleaned up by chipping the small stuff and will do that on the rest but it is all the larger stuff, mostly pine, I'm trying to come up with a solution for.

    The hardwood that hasn't rotted will be given away as firewood to neighbors, contractors, etc. or processed myself for the same purpose although I've already got about 3 seasons of wood stacked in the barn. I've debated about hauling a lot of the pine off as there is a place nearby that will take scrap wood to run through a drum chipper for landscape mulch, horse bedding, etc. but the hauling cost will add up.

    I think I've finally settled on just finding a good place to dig a "stump dump" on the property but it would take A LOT of trips to where it will most likely be to the area I'm cleaning up if I haul it all with the grapple so I'm debating buying a trailer or something to haul the stuff with but unless it dumps, loading and unloading it with the grapple will also be time consuming so I just wanted to solicit some good ideas about the best way to handle it. I can burn in my area but I am only on the property over the weekends and am concerned I'll not have enough time to burn plus get everything safely extinguished before leaving.

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    Default Re: Hauling Wood Debris

    I suggest you look for a used trailer of some sort...maybe a landscaper's trailer. They are quite plentiful on Craigslist. You'll want something that can carry bulk, rather then a maximum weight.
    A dump trailer would be even better, but you don't see many used ones about and they are not inexpensive.
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    Default Re: Hauling Wood Debris

    Farmers find a lot of uses for hay racks around here. Most of them are 8x16 but some are 20' long.
    HAVE FUN

    Life is easier when you plow around the stumps.


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    Default Re: Hauling Wood Debris

    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJackson View Post
    I suggest you look for a used trailer of some sort...maybe a landscaper's trailer. They are quite plentiful on Craigslist. You'll want something that can carry bulk, rather then a maximum weight.
    A dump trailer would be even better, but you don't see many used ones about and they are not inexpensive.
    I totally agree, but I would like to add one comment regarding the burning of the debris. To the OP: You would probably be better off burning different piles at different times. This way, the pile would have time to die off. Just a thought. Please don't use Gasoline.
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    Default Re: Hauling Wood Debris

    We had kinda the same issue when cleaning off a field that had about 12,000 overgrown Christmas trees that we were getting rid of.
    What we came up with was to build a sled out of 4x6 and several layers of 3/4 plywood.
    Made it about 8' wide by 12' long. It was real easy to load it with debris using the loader because its only 6" off the ground, then tow it over to the burn area and use the loaded to push the debris off and into the burn pile.
    It didn't cost us much to build and after 4 years we're still using it for hauling wood or dirt around the property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treesanddust View Post
    What we came up with was to build a sled out of 4x6 and several layers of 3/4 plywood.
    Great idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJackson View Post
    Great idea!
    X 2 Excellent idea.
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    Default Re: Hauling Wood Debris

    The sled idea sounds good.

    Stumps usually need to sit for a year or two for the attached dirt to fall off. They don't burn well if they are encased in dirt.

    If the area is remote enough, you might just dump them there for the time being. Sometime in the future you might consider burning. OTOH, maybe not....

    Actually, I had a brush/tree/stump pile I planned to burn from where we had a hillside pasture cleared. But I always had a fear of the fire getting out of control (I'm a past volunteer fire fighter). This year I took the grapple and moved it all to the edge of the woods. After sitting there for five years, it was decaying and really compressed after I moved it.

    On a house we built some years ago, the contractor took the excavator and dug a pit for the stumps and buried them. That's another idea for you: move them for the time being. When you build a house and the heavy equipment is there for the construction, have them dig a pit and bury what's left.

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    Default Re: Hauling Wood Debris

    The bad part about burying the stumps, is the sinkhole that occurs several years down the road after the wood rots.
    I'm for just finding an 'out of the way' location and piling them up.
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    Default Re: Hauling Wood Debris

    I purchased one of these Utility Wagon & Tandem Axle Utility Trailer 2 ton Capacity by Country Manufacturing Inc. a few years back and it worked well for some cleanup work I was doing around a pond. It is off-road only and not a lot weight capacity, but the dump is really handy. I built a mobile hydraulic pump that I put in the back of my old jeep so I didn't have to unhook, hook up for each load. But still faster than grapple load trips.
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