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ErinDevereux

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« on: September 05, 2006, 12:16:37 PM »
As of today I will begin chopping wood as part of my daily exercise for the fireplace each night. Some of the wood is in pretty thick pieces that will take quite a while to split. For now I split a smaller log taking about 15 minutes. Does anyone here have any experience chopping wood that could offer some tips? :)

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Re: Lumberjill
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2006, 07:31:50 PM »
Haven't done any recently, but I do remember chopping some for my mum's stove a few times.
As long as you've got a good axe and count all your toes afterwards you should be right. :)
If it is fairly thick stuff, maybe a steel wedge would come in handy, chop a space for the wedge to go then use the flat side of the axehead to hammer the wedge through, it should split the log a bit easier than the axehead alone. A flat tree stump makes a handy chopping platform as well.


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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2006, 06:24:05 AM »
Hello Erin
Chopping wood is great exercise!  As the saying goes, it warms you thrice: 1st when you cut down the tree; 2nd when you split it; 3rd when you stack it.  I expect you're not actually felling trees right?  So, first thing, don't use an axe!  Get yourself what's known as a "maul"  It's specifically made for splitting.  An axe is used for the chopping down part.  Somewhere in the 6-8lbs range.  Try to get a fiberglass handle -it'll last forever.  You can also use a sledge hammer and a wedge for tough wood.

Cut the logs a few inches shorter than you need for the fireplace (if your fireplace takes a max. 20" log, cut to around 15" logs).  The wood will usually tell you where to hit it – look for cracks and try to hit them.  Off-center hits are better than dead center.  Lastly, really give’er – light blows are a waste of time & energy!  Also, I highly recommend safety equipment such as glasses and steel toed boots. Sure I look geeky but I’ve been beaned many times by flying wood and dropped lots of heavy logs on my toes. 

What kind of wood are you burning ie maple, oak, birch, poplar(aspen)? The reason I ask is that oak splits easier than say, pine (unless it’s really dry).

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Re: Lumberjill
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2006, 07:13:58 PM »
It's choppin wood baby just git r done nuthin to it!  ;)

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2006, 01:51:17 AM »
I defer to the expert :)