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Hardest Wood to Split by Hand???

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by iod0816, Apr 3, 2011.

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Hardest Wood to Split by Hand? 6 Months or less bucked to 18" for those who want.

  1. Oak (any)

    9.8%
  2. Hickory

    5.4%
  3. Black Birch

    2.2%
  4. Beech

    57.6%
  5. Other (post the other)

    25.0%
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  1. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    Some Blavk Gum It will not split this is with a hyd splitter

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  2. Maple man

    Maple man Burning Hunk

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    i say elm
  3. Beardog

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    Elm
  4. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    SWEET GUM;)
  5. jdinspector

    jdinspector Feeling the Heat

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    +1 elm. All of those mentioned above that I've ever seen have had a few difficult rounds, but elm is consistently crap. I don't even like the smell. Try to avoid it, whe possible.
  6. Plow Boy

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    Gum by far, i split some today and i didnt even know what i had. I had to post a tread to help identify it. Think I will stay away from that stuff from now on

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  7. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    I never messed with Gum because of the way it does't split, but I cleared some land for a garden and cut them in cookies and let them dry for a yr. and they made great firewood.
  8. AbeAinPa

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    Don't think I saw anyone mention Sycamore. I tried to split up a piece bucked from a large Sycamore limb, and despite giving it my best with my X27, nothing but a few dents, NOTHING!
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    +1
  10. Dieselhead

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    sycamore worst I dealt with forget it without a splitter. easy to ID with its "camouflage" bark.
  11. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    old dead ellum
  12. Leadfoot

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    I gave away 2 elm trees out of my yard cut and limbed because I didn't want to mess with it. I have one rick split now but hope I don't expect to do it again.
  13. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Started on April 3 2011 and we are still arguing about it????;lol

    Elm...split this by hand, I dare you....

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    Holy cow, glad I've never run into any of that stuff on my property, my Sotz is shaking in its handle!
  15. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I found 6 Sotz heads in that tree. Evidently it ate them for breakfast.>>
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  16. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    Puffin, your wood looks like Elm. I haven't tried Sweet Gum and Elm is bad, but what about spruce with lots of branches? Each branch seems to extend into the center of the heartwood so each split has to be hacked apart from the round. Without branches spruce is great but the part with the braches is miserable.
  17. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    Elm.

    You can split sweet gum fairly easily by hand, just have to go about it differently. You whittle around the outside edge with an x27 working inward, you get a bunch of small splits from the outside and then one or two large ones from the middle. I was splitting 30" rounds around 20" in length without too much trouble. Trying the typical method of splitting in halves will get you nowhere.
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    Never had Elm looks awful just like the Black Gum we have, don't have any sweet gum that I know of,
  19. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I have to admit that the tree that this split came from is the worst of any elm I have ever seen. Most is not nearly as nasty as that pic (but some are).

    It was the loan tree on the corner of a fence row on a hill. No other protection. It HAD to grow up tough.
  20. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    My 31 yr old Sotz 20 lb'er has never gotten stuck,in anything. 24" + American Elm crotches or knotty ones,Apple/Honey Locust/Mulberry stumps,doesnt matter.It would bounce off some of that stuff at first,if it didnt bust it in 10-15 swings (this was when I was several years younger) I wouldnt kill myself on the damn stuff. 1-2 minutes tops,depending on size log & if I had clear access -the big saw would make short work of it.No wood that wont go through.
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    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    I have only split red & white oak, poplar, and box elder. Box elder was my least favorite by far :)
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    Sycamore. Never split elm.
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    ailanthus Feeling the Heat

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    Worst I've ever seen was pin oak - I've never split elm or gum, but the pin oak shredded in the splitter a lot like some of the pics people have posted.
  24. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Gum is the worst Ive ever split absolutaly horrible!
  25. OhioBurner©

    OhioBurner© Minister of Fire

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    I thought I scored on a huge yard tree from my inlaws... went up there (its a bit of a ways away) spent a good half day atleast cutting it all up and loading up the truck and taking it home the next day. Come to find out its harder than heck to split. WTF I couldnt split most rounds much bigger than 8-12". Tried to look it up to ID it... had those spikey - ball thingies... guess its sweet gum. :mad:

    That was back in summer. I've got a pile of rounds I can't split still and debating what to do. Some of the more knarly ones are only 12" thick and I still can't split! I'd noodle em but I've got like two dozen rounds... thats a lot of noodling.
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