We have a few small oak stumps to remove, and the situation doesn't lend itself to stump grinders or pulling out with a truck or tractor. I tried burning, but that was taking forever...Stumps range from about 12 to 24 inches in diameter. I finally tried cutting the roots about two and a half feet from the stump with an axe and then dug a hole under the stump and inserted a log that is about eight to ten in diameter and about twelve feet long and then we levered the stumps out (three so far). Sometimes we are using a concrete block to get additional leverage. I'm working with one of my tean-age daughters, who is not a big person, I am less than 5'6" and have mild asthma (have to rest frequently while chopping and digging) and it is taking us about two hours per stump. I hope someone can use this. I had read and heard of several ways of removing stumps but hadn't read about this one yet...I could've saved a lot of time if I had known about this method of stump removal. We are in Florida: shallow top soil and high water table so the roots may be more shallow than in other areas...AND be sure you use a "good" log to lever with, we tried using one that turned out to have some temites or something in it and it was NOT pleasant when it broke and took me to the ground with it. Also, I don't know how well this would work with pines, or other trees with big taproots. I also "girdled" an oak to allow more light into the garden area. It's been years since I read about this: you remove all the layers of bark on the tree trunk for a belt of about six inches around the trunk. I used a hatchet for this. The tree dies from that area upwards. (Most trees only use the outer layers of bark to transfer food and water from leaves to roots and back again, but pines are different.) This oak leans in the wrong direction and I couldn't figure out a sure-fire way of removing it without using a ladder and hand sawing the limbs, which I can't do right now (I don't use chain saws). The location is OK for the limbs to rot and fall down under the tree if I don't get around to the ladder and handsaw. God bless!