Splitting wood is a critical step in the process of the seasoning of firewood. ‘Seasoning’ refers to the drying of firewood over time. As we all need to know, seasoned firewood should be as dry as possible. As discussed many times, expelling moisture from the wood is paramount for making a hot, efficient, durable flame. Common sense says wet wood does not burn as well as dry wood. Wet wood also has a tendency to smoke more than dry wood. Splitting wood assists in the seasoning process by allowing air to infiltrate the wood, leading to a much speedier drying time, and ultimately a great wood burning experience.
Splitting wood also makes the wood much less demanding to handle and stack.
Wood logs come in many shapes and sizes and a large wood log can be greatly overwhelming to move, possibly leading to a personal injury. Splitting wood makes stacking and organizing that much easier on the back.
While it is an excellent interface with nature, splitting wood, like most wood chopping activity, can be a taxing and overwhelming chore. If you are swinging a splitting axe for a prolonged period of time, one can expect an excellent workout, accompanied by some sore body parts.
Firewood Splitting safety precautions are important!
Before splitting wood, you must also consider some safety precautions. Previously written in another post, They also apply here.
Wood can be split by utilizing many tools such as a part hatchet or a hammer in the same way as water powered log splitters. Click on the connections underneath to take in more about these apparatuses.
With all the different wood splitting tools available, there is no reason Firewood Splitting should be any harder than you might make it.
Try to always split wood along it’s lines
Place a wood log on a chopping block, on it’s end. Raise your splitting axe with straight arms above your head. Always aim for the center of the wood log. If you are less than accurate, err on the side of caution and aim for the side closest to you. This way, if you miss, the splitting axe hits the dirt in front of the wood log. Aiming for the far end of the log and missing would most likely bring your axe handle in contact with the log, resulting in damage to your wood cutting tool.
Keep a decent stance to encourage the best balance while swinging. The splitting axe will get stuck in the wood, but this is common and part of the process. Just use you bear strength and wrestle it free!
Rinse and Repeat
Depending in the size of the wood log, repeat the process as many times as necessary to obtain the log size you are comfortable with.