Wood Splitters come in all shapes and sizes
Our focus here we will be discussing the manual wood splitters such as a splitting axe, a felling axe, and a splitting maul. While it is a difficult chore to split wood with the likes of an axe, one can obtain an excellent work out, while enjoying the outdoors. Most people that utilize manual wood splitters, enjoy it for these, and other reasons.
A splitting axe is a tool designed to, you guessed it, split wood. A splitting axe has a large and heavy head and is designed to split the wood fibers apart, not cut them. They come in different sizes and styles. A splitting axe is lighter than a splitting maul allowing for less fatigue on the user. The handles are available in several lengths, and manufactured out of fiberglass or wood. The fiberglass is stronger and lighter, but less traditional. There are many designs for many preferences. See our recent review Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe
This axe is a common tool found around most homes. Commonly called a felling or cutting axe, this axe is used to chop wood. It has a slim, sharp blade designed to cut crossways through the fibers of the wood.
For many years the felling axe has been used to cut wood. However, with the invention of the chainsaw, cutting firewood with an axe is not very common.
A felling axe is not be used to split wood. If you have ever tried to split a piece of wood with a felling axe chances are that it got stuck in the wood, and took a great deal of effort to remove it. Remember, the felling axe is designed to cut the fibers of the wood not split them apart. If you are going to chop a tree or branches, a felling axe is the proper choice. If you are looking to split wood, use a tool designed for the job like a splitting axe or a maul.
By design. A Splitting Maul is used for splitting very thick and knotty chunks of wood. The width of a splitting maul discourages it getting stuck in the wood. The axe cuts quickly and easily into the wood and then effectively splits it as the broader section pushes apart the wood. The edge on the maul is not as sharp as an axe because the blunt edge is used to split the wood fibers apart. A Splitting maul’s design is similar to a larger splitting axe, but with a slightly longer handle and heavier overall. Weighing between 7 and 12 pounds, a splitting maul requires more energy to swing.
Depending on the user, the lighter splitting axe may be a better choice. Ultimately, personal preference will depend on which type you choose to use.
You cannot just take the split wood and burn it. The wood is much to green, or moisture heavy to produce any sort of safe fire. The wood must dry properly to reduce the moisture content, making it efficient for burning.
Also be advised not to transport split (or any) wood. When you move wood, you move and transport firewood pests allowing them to invade different areas. The dangers of pests spreading to different areas can be catastrophic.
For those seeking tradition, a great workout, and wood burning fuel, manuel wood splitters are a great option.