Skip to comments.We've been splitting wood all wrong
Posted on 02/01/2014 4:03:16 PM PST by Kartographer
The basic shape and design of the axe hasn't changed in, well, millennia, as attested to by archaeological discoveries from around the world. At least, that was true until an enterprising Finn decided to rethink the way we chop wood.
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That looks cool. But nothing beats my log splitter, lol.
A young teen-aged son?
Is that what people mean by ‘unnatural axe?’
Oh hell, anybody can split pine with almost any tool.
Now let’s see that thing work on Texas Mesquite or Oak. Show me that and I will be impressed. Pine? Yea not so much.......
I figure I’ve split something along the lines of 100 cords of wood over the years. Anybody who uses an axe for the job isn’t too bright.
An 8 lb. splitting maul works pretty darn good, though this device might work better.
I must admit you can get the maul and wedges wedged in the most astonishing way in cottonwood logs. Sometimes thought I’d have to burn the log to get the wedges out.
There's no weight to the head, so all the downward force is power by Armstrong.
LOVELY pieces of knot free, soft pine.
I wouldn't waste my money ... nor time.
I always use a double bladed axe for chopping. If you do it right, it never gets stuck, and never cuts through out of control. If you hold it on a five or ten degree angle, it starts to cut in to the log, and then rotates, prying the log apart. I thought everyone knew that.
It works really well on that straight grain pine.
Now try it on some of my scrub oak and madrone. Wood is stronger, grain is not straight. Axe either gets stuck, or bounces off at a weird angle.
Man that’s a long log!
That is cool! I also like the tire idea.
Would like to know how it works with knotted and twisted woods. Even with a hard whack with a big splitting maul it often takes several hits (or worse, the addition of separate wedges).
Unless it's heart of pine in which case it's like rock.
Just how tall was that tree?!
That’s one long tree.
Hey, I’d sure like to get me one of them thar things. How mucharooni?
Looks good but how does it do on elm? ;-D
He’s splitting DRY STRAIGHT-GRAINED PINE! Demonstration is a promotional video....showing how well it chops wood seldom used for heating. Homer Simpson says, “WOW!!!!”
I guess so. It’s still going...
Now THAT is sweet.
My first five years in Alaska were wood heat only. I have split a lot of wood and that’s not a bad gizmo for a Finn to come up with. This video is a home made splitter that’s pretty effective: http://www.wimp.com/choppingfirewood/
If the price is in Euros, then the USD is over $500.00. That’s halfway to the log
splitter of my dreams. Also, it looks like his demo log is pine; if so, you could split frozen pine with a table knife.
“nothing beats my log splitter”
I’m pretty sure when my pellet truck shows up it beats your log splitter every time, 4 tons of pellets in 10 minutes!
Cool...where do I get one?
the real question is... why split wood at all?
we always throw in the whole log
Neither one of you can hold a candle to my gas logs!
My sweetie gave them to me for Christmas last year, this is the way to go (as long as the gas holds out)! :)
I’ll have to look into this. I buy a birch - Tamarack mix in 16” rounds. I hand split it down to wood stove sized sections to fill a 4 orchard box. For some reason, I find this satisfying and comforting.
For the last 15 years, I use an 8 lb maul. I have a 17 lb bomb that I drop on stubborn cases. But this intrigues me.
Where can you get the splitter?
I learned the tire trick for securing the rounds from u-toob a couple of years ago proving that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. For the amount of wood I split I think I’ll stick with the maul for now.
The stackers won’t be able to keep up with that thing.
Fastest log splitter in the world?
fastest arm remover in the world..
Yea, I wonder if it’s OSHA approved LOL
The best maul is made by Fiskars. I used to use mauls and wedges and sledges. The Fiskars splitting axe is usually a one shot deal through most wood up to 20" in height and it only weighs about five pounds. Puts the 10# mauls to shame. I blow through birch to the chopping block like it's not even there. The red oak is little harder but it is nothing like the old days with a standard maul I've had the Fiskars blow through wood
Yeah, and what about mahogany?
There is a technique for splitting wood with an axe, that involves, just at the point of contact with the end grain of the wood, a small twist is applied through the axe handle. The twist causes the severed grain of the wood to fly sideways, which is what this device does without depending on the judgment of the axe handler, as to the exact instant at which to make the small twist.
And there is that further complication, that some varieties of wood are just a lot harder to split than others. A willow or slippery elm has very tenacious cross-bonding between the wood fibers, and will shred much like a piece of rope with the standard techniques. But wait until the temperature is well below freezing, when the moist tendrils of that wood fiber are crystalized ice, and even these very moist woods will pop apart like pine.
An axe is actually a very simple machine, a wedge, and relies of the surfaces of the inclined plane to push the two parts of the wood grain apart. An adjunct to the axe is the splitting maul, or the splitting wedges, that are dropped into the partially opened split to further widen the gap formed by the first strike of the axe.
I know, as a kid my dad Ole had me out there in sub-zero weather learning all these tricks. If you wanted to get back in where it was warm, you learned quickly. You also worked up a sweat first, so the wood would warm you up twice.
“Is that what people mean by unnatural axe?”
Now, that’s funny, I don’t care who you are. (Larry the Cable Guy).
Yikes! That doesn’t look very safe.
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