Posted on October 1, 2018
Fall is upon us, and it’s an ideal time to get your wood splitting done! The best firewood has been allowed to season and dry out for about a year, making Fall the prime time to get ‘er done. We previously wrote about the best practices in stacking firewood, but what about the actual splitting? Here are some tips to get started:
Get a maul, not an axe. There’s a common misconception that you should split wood with an axe. While an axe may work for smaller pieces of wood, the wider, heavier shape of a maul is actually more ideal for splitting longer, larger pieces of wood. This is because when you are splitting wood, you aren’t looking to cut it with a sharp edge. You’re splitting it along the grains of the wood, so the sharpness isn’t really necessary. Luckily, your local Rural King Supply keeps plenty of mauls in stock! Stop in and let our team help you find the right tools for the job.
Split your wood on a platform. The perfect platform for splitting wood is concrete, but a tree trunk or other solid piece of wood would also work. It’s believed that an axe or maul hitting the ground enough times can dull the blade over time. You’re also less likely to injure yourself by swinging at a less drastic angle if the wood you’re splitting is propped up a bit.
Safety first. When splitting, make sure that your legs are spread, in case of a wild swing of the maul or axe. It also wouldn’t hurt to wear safety glasses in case of flying pieces of wood or splinters. Avoid any wood that you can tell has nails in it; it’s not worth the health risk. You may also want to avoid pieces of wood that are curvy, as your maul or axe could slip on the awkward grain or surface and cause injury.
Don’t despair or throw them out if you end up with small pieces of wood. It’s good to have some small pieces of wood to use, because they are good for getting a fire started.
Read about how to properly stack and store your firewood here and you’ll have plenty of bone dry firewood ready for some great natural, cozy heating for next Fall and Winter!