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    Burning a Large Brush Pile????

    Just wondering if there is any tricks to get a huge (50' diameter) brush pile lit. Its all poplar and its green. I have some old diesel oil and some tires but that is not to PC anymore. Any thoughts on getting this pile burned is appreciated. I could let it dry but then I would have to wait to put the pond in. It would be nice to get this thing torched.

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    I let my brush piles dry at least all summer, sometimes longer.
    If you had a dry pile you could get burning, you could feed the green to it.
    We have to have a burn permit in my township. Black smoke is big NO NO. I would not burn tires. We can't even burn building materials of any type, including 100+ year old barn wood.
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    Easy starting burn piles

    After driving fuel trucks and working at a refinery for several years I learned about fuel absorbant pads. The pads are 2' x 2' and absorb only fuel and are really effective soaking up fuel. I buy a bundle (24.95) and soak them in old diesel. Stuff quiet a few soaked pads in various locations throughout the pile and light them. They are a plastic based material and drips molten plastic down through the pile and generate tremendous heat. It is not very dirty as far as smoke and definitely better than tires. Those are nasty and put off so much black smoke. The pile will get burning very hot down deep where the pads have burned and will get even your poplar burning.
    What pads you don't use are awefully nice to have on hand when refuelling tractors, trucks, boats etc. They absorb fuel in the case of oops. I keep a 5 gallon bucket with several soiled pads in there and by fall (brush burning season) I pop the lid and use them. There a good thing to have around.

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    want.

    I just burned a bunch of green brush yesterday. I used the same principle as fuelhoser. I used a garbage bag full of paper soaked with used hydraulic oil, then drizzled the brush with used hydraulic oil too. I use a propane torch to get it going. Once it starts burning hot, you can throw all the green stuff on you want.
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    This is why I hang around this joint! Thanks guys, great ideas!
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    You might also look into a metal culvert tube with a big fan at one end to blow extra air into the pile. This will make it burn hotter, thus burn better. ~~ Lowell
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    I don't burn any more. I do the chipper thing. Had more than my fair share of fires getting away from me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I don't burn any more. I do the chipper thing. Had more than my fair share of fires getting away from me.
    That and I'm sure Cuomo would not approve any way.


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    I strongly recommend that you check with your state Environmental protection agency to make sure that your procedure complies with state law.
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