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Estwing Fireside Friend

Post in 'The Gear' started by DianeB, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. DianeB

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  2. DianeB

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    Diane,

    This is my absolute favorite tool to make kindling and split small rounds. It comes in very handy and is well made and well balanced. As you can see I even post it in my signature. You won't regret buying it, well worth the money.
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    Should work nice & have good control.
    (Made in USA , a rare find)
    Do you use allot of kindling?

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    I've been using a plain ol' hatchet. It's hard to tell from the pic; Does that thing have a wider head? If so, I'd think it would pop kindling apart easier than a hatchet. Not that I'm looking for ways to spend more money...
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    I got one last year at Lowes and really like it.
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    Dave - they are literally made just outside my office window. Estwing is my work neighbor. There are times that I can "feel" their big punch presses.

    And Ramsplitter log splitters are just down the road a few blocks.:cool:
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    Cool
    I bet they (Ramsplitter) comes to your shop to as questions on what features to put on their new designs for log splitters. :) ;)
    Do you get a consulting fee? $$ :)
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    ;lol Baahahaha - uh, no.
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    Useful tool for opening up a split to check the MC.
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    I use to split a lot of kindling, but now I use Super Cedars with a lot less kindling.
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    The head is much wider and has a nice weight to it. It easily splits kindling and I rarely use my small hatchet to split kindling anymore. My wife is also a big fan of the Estwing fireside friend and also grabs it before I can when we are preparing the kindling. I purchased one at Home Depot for around $30 a few years back.
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    I picked up one of the Fireside Friends this past winter to help my wife split up kindling when I wasnt home. Not great for accuracy, but its a 4 lb head, so it really makes quick work of kindling. We keep it next to the boiler, and it has worked amazingly well for us. Very glad I made the investment, works better than a hatchet for me.
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    I bought one today at home depot - $33. Brought it home and started to test it out. It is definitely something I can handle for making kindling. My husband was splitting up the big stuff that was still left from a maple coming down in our yard. I was able to take the half splits and create kindling size pieces no problems. I have not tried it in oak or ash. Our neighbor was over and he was a bit surprised to see me splitting as I am usually the stacker. Definitely a good ab work out I must say...tell my kids all the time to forget about the gym - just come over and we will give them a good work out. The whole family did take a nice hike out to our wood lot - we did not take the jeep and glad we did as the road had so many wash outs. Hike out was about 2.5 miles, quick a rocky road now and mostly uphill.
  18. BrianK

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    These things are great for making kindling. I picked one up this summer and am very pleased with it.

    A word of warning. They are very sharp. Don't ask me how I know...

    I found out the hard way tonight. I have no idea how I did this. I was splitting a bunch of scrap 2x4s for kindling. I must have steadied a small split with my left hand and the Fireside glanced off the side. Dumb dumb dumb. 46 years old and never had stitches. Got 8 tonight. At least I was in and out of the ER in under 1 1/2 hours.

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    That must have hurt big time!
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    I hate when that happens!!!!!!!!!!;)
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    Ouch! Hard to believe you've never had stitches before. I must be way dumber than you... ;lol
    I picked up an FF, and it works great. The Buck 91 needs a lot of flame in the box to get up to temp from a cold start, so I've been splitting some soft Maple into 1.5-2" splits. The 4# head is great for that. The kindling yields a good coal bed quickly and gets the stove temp up in a hurry, then I pack in a full load...
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    Just a couple of weeks ago I started to wear learther work gloves when making kindling after a split piece flew up and hit my hand jscraping off skin. Guess I should put the darn safety glasses on too.
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    At least you get some bragging rights!:)

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    Brian wins this thread!
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