Clearing trees is often the first step in building a house on a rural lot. The process can result in a surprising amount of logs, limbs, and brush—only some of which has any commercial value.
That’s the situation that Longstory describes in this recent Q&A post. After putting in a road to the building site on his 14-acre lot in central Tennessee, Longstory had a big pile of wood and not much to do with it.
“Due to market conditions only about 20 hardwood trees were of a size and grade to take to a mill (which was luckily only 3 miles from the site),” he writes. “The only species that brought any return was white oak, which is needed for whiskey barrels. The rest were highly discounted and the sale was only around $1,000. The other smaller trees and slash were left in a large pile out of the way that is pretty darn large.”
Now he’s clearing additional trees on the house site. There aren’t enough big trees to cut and transport to the mill, so his contractor is proposing that he burn what’s cut down. And how does he get those brush and wood piles burning? The secret is using old tires to get things started.
“I was not sure how to respond,” Longstory says, “but I know that burning tires is not a good practice or likely even legal. But this is Tennessee. Can anyone help with a better way to burn a pile resulting from site clearing?”
What to do with unwanted trees and vegetation is where we start this Q&A Spotlight.
First, you don’t need to use old tires
Longstory isn’t the first person to hear about the old tire secret. Loaded with newspaper and kerosene, tires…
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