I have few questions regarding log splitting question. I have four trees that are going to be cut down and I will keep and split the wood for firewood. Somebody estimated I am looking at about 4 cords total – 3 cords of Norway maple and 1 cord of pine. I have never really split wood before, know this will be quite a bit of work, and am up to the challenge. My question are as follows: 1. Approximately how long would this take to split by hand? 2. Am I better off just renting a hydraulic splitter for a day? 3. Is it important that I get the wood split and stacked before the snow comes? Or is it ok if some of the logs wait until spring? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.