It takes a consistent supply of split logs to heat your house or cottage with wood. How to split firewood is discussed by our specialist for do-it-yourselfers. Burning wood is one of the most recognizable and satisfying ways to heat a home, especially if you cut and split the wood yourself. Most other heating techniques lack the physical laboriousness of splitting firewood as well as the satisfaction of having a warm house during a blizzard.
I have many happy memories of splitting wood with my father when I was six or seven years old growing up on a rural property. Even though I’ve been in my own house for a while, I still heat with wood and still take great pleasure in splitting and stacking it. As with other practical hands-on sᴋɪʟʟs, the ability to split firewood hinges on having the right information and the right tools.
The ideal approach to gaining both knowledge and experience is to begin your search for firewood with someone who has perfected the art of cutting and splitting wood. The finest tools for you will depend on how much wood you expect to split each season and how much time you want to spend splitting it.
I suggest an excellent gas-powered inertia splitter for the majority of folks who are interested in splitting significant volumes of wood. They are quick and simple to use, and the rare binding up on a difficult log doesn’t make a hydraulic splitter worth the usually greater price.
Every year, I split about ten cords of wood. I’ve used almost every available wood-splitting equipment, but I find that I use my inertia splitter the most. If you’re unsure how much wood you’ll need, the average household requires three to six cords of firewood each winter, depending on the climate, the size of the house, and the quality of the insulation.
The fundamental procedures and safety measures for using an inertia splitter to split firewood are as follows:
Put on some protective eyewear, earmuffs, and heavy-duty work gloves. Never split any wood without these tools. To avoid injuries from logs, put on a short sleeve shirt, sturdy work pants, and steel-toe boots. To make your firewood logs suitable for splitting, use a chainsaw.
When using a chainsaw, always wear safety chaps over your pants. Before starting your inertia splitter, normally with a pull cord, check the gas and oil levels. One of the cut logs should be placed on the splitter’s bed with the end facing the steel baseplate. Pull the lever while keeping your hands far away from the wedge and log, holding it there until the log is completely split. Position one of the split log halves against the baseplate, retract the lever and then wait until the wedge has returned to its initial position.
Find out where to purchase pre-split firewood if you don’t want to split your own. An uncut bundle from the grocery store should be sufficient if you only have the occasional bonfire and don’t use wood to heat your home.
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