By the way, you mentioned burning stumps? About 30 or so acres of my ranch is in heavy timber, mainly coniferous and a medium mix of deciduous trees like aspen, birch and western larch. I have logged my woodstand for many years and have burned slash and stumps each fall. I have never been able to reduce stumps much bigger than a foot in diameter to ashes in a single burn. I finally gave up and bought a chipper for dealing with most of the branches. And on a section of my west fence line I started a bullwork of old stumps that I call "stumphedge". I use either the 4 in one bucket on my backhoe or the dipper to transport the stumps and pile them. As you might imagine, stumphedge has become quite the critter condo for squirrels, marmots, racoons etc...we don't have any venomous critters in my neck of the woods so that hasn't been an issue. Eventually, nature will do it's thing and reduce the wall of wood to dirt. I don't have any visible neighbors so no one can claim the wall is unsightly and it can't be seen from the house. I've also started shaving stumps instead of pulling them, where it really isn't necessary to remove the stump. I use a Husky 395XP saw with a 32 inch bar to flush cut the stump. As long as I dig down a couple of inches around the stump I can usually make a good slice without any dirt contact by the chain. I've also shave cut with my smaller 20 inch Husky using the same technique. It takes a little practice and a lot of caution and safety equipment, like chaps, but I think it sure beats pulling the stumps and a lot easier on the equipment and fuel.