So I don't have a stove yet, I've NEVER used a chainsaw yet, and I have NEVER swung an axe... til today! I scrounged a few small loads of wood and went out and got me the "latest-greatest" hand splitter Someone on here recommended the tire thing to retain the split wood, so I tried it. That worked great for ME for a few reasons.... I had a tendency to "swing for the fences" and fly through the wood! With the tire in place the shaft just impacted the rubber.The blade is chefs-knife sharp so watch your fingers! I am still trying to find the right swing, but I only got one "bounce". Then regrouped and swung again with a focus on swing speed. Maybe like the physics of golf?!Cleaved it like a light saber! So with NOTHING to compare it to I REALLY liked it a lot! I can't imagine the devastation it will have on COLD wood!! I split a few 20 inch hardwood rounds with NO problems. I split for 15 minutes, and stopped only because I figured that I might be sore tomorrow. If not I'll split some more! In 15 minutes I split this little pile (two rows deep) and could have split the entire pile but I didn't wanna overdo it on my very first day. It's not a lot but for someone that has never done it before I tho't it wasn't a bad start.