10: Burn, Baby, Burn

Cynthia The PyroThe property has not been used in many years so the grass was quite tall and the number of tree limbs on the ground was substantial.  It is too expensive to have it all hauled off, so we decided to burn it!  Thankfully, it is legal to burn inside the Brent city limits so no worries there. Oh, the perks of living in a small town in Alabama.

So Now We Burn

We bought a new Stihl 171 chainsaw because we knew cutting all this by hand would have taken years.  It was only slightly more expensive than the common chainsaws sold by the big box stores and it is much better quality.  Our first step was to pick up all the small limbs that were already on the ground and make a pile.  The dozer operator pushed over an unwanted tree and shoved it onto our burn pile.  We cut it up after he backed away.  Article continues below…


It didn’t take long to have a great big pile of dead grass, rotten limbs, sticks, twigs and pieces of the tree trunk.  We lit the grass at the bottom of the pile and let the fire burn it’s way up.  Most of the debris burned quickly and the larger pieces burned and smoldered for hours.  We kept adding to the pile for most of the day to keep the blaze going.  We finally stopped adding to it and let it burn out as we did not want to leave it unattended.

This Is Hard Work

As you can see in the picture, we have a lot of area to clear.  The ditch you see was once very overgrown with weeds, privets and small trees.  As the ditch goes on, the overgrowth got worse.  We got it all cut down and piled it into the ditch so we could burn it.  We bought a few containers of lighter fluid to speed up the process, that was a lot better than using gas or diesel as an accelerant.  It took nearly all day for these larger pile to burn out, so by the time the sun had set, we were tired.BUrn Pile

The rough part of this is that we have barely begun to scratch the surface of this task.  There is just so much wood to burn… AND we keep finding dead trees that need to be cut down, cut up then burned!  Oh well, it’s not really work when you are doing it for yourself.  We enjoy seeing the progress we make even if it is only a little at a time.  Hey, we are in our mid to late 50s!  Thanks for stopping by to read up on our homestead preparation.  Be sure to share a link to you to your Facebook friends and/or your own blog.  Y’all have a blessed day!


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