How Do You Chop Your Firewood?

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As the seasons change and the air temperatures plummet, those of us with pot belly stoves or wood burning fireplaces find ourselves digging into our firewood supply and heating our homes with nice cozy fires. It not only saves a few bucks on the monthly heating bill, but it just feels right.

So this begs the real question…

How do you chop your firewood?

Buying pre-cut wood
Do you buy your firewood already cut and split? This is fine as long as you have a few hundred dollars a year to spend restocking your firewood supply. Hopefully you’re buying it by the cord from a firewood dealer and not by the armful at the supermarket. That can be expensive!

Splitting wood by hand
Do you hand cut your trees and then split your own firewood with an axe or a sledge and a wedge? Listen, while I understand that the exercise is great, you’re not Charles Ingles and this isn’t the 1800’s! Maybe it’s time to introduce a little technology and save your back for all of the other things that need to get done?

Splitting wood with a machine
Are you a modern day pioneer, taking advantage of a little technology and splitting your firewood with a wood splitter? I am! In fact, when I was a kid my father got his hands on an old (and I mean old) Onan floor polisher and used it to fabricate a really slick horizontal wood splitter. That was probably a good 30 years ago, and the family has been taking turns splitting their own wood each summer in order to restock the firewood supplies.

Check out the old Onan powered wood splitter in action.

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I know that it may not be the most advanced or efficient design, compared to some of the competition these days, but you have to give the old Onan engine credit considering that it’s probably pushing 50 or 60 years old by now. It runs great, gets the wood split, and saves wear and tear on my back. It would be nice though, if it had a hydraulic log lift or bi-directional splitting capability like this Tempest.

If you can’t afford to own your own wood splitter, you can rent them from almost any equipment rental place. Trust me, it’s worth it!

                    

Do you split your own firewood? Do you rent or own a wood splitter? Leave me a comment and let me know!

2 thoughts on “How Do You Chop Your Firewood?

  1. I love to cut & chop my own firewood by hand (well, I cut it down with a chainsaw). Cutting my blocks & splitting by hand gives me something fun to do outside when it is below zero.

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