Improving... <gulp>... Super Cedars?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by billz, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. billz

    billz
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    5
    Loc:
    Fountain Inn SC
    just got my first super cedars. I've read that people use a 1/4 or 1/2 at a time. so how do you cut them in half? just break them or do you have some other trick? thanks
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Scols

    Scols
    Expand Collapse
    Burning Hunk

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    242
    Likes Received:
    159
    Loc:
    Springs New York
    Breakem
     
  3. fossil

    fossil
    Expand Collapse
    Accidental Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    10,508
    Likes Received:
    2,396
    Loc:
    Bend, OR
    Utility knife, a few up/down strokes through the plastic wrapper in both directions, then bust it both ways and dump the quarters in a plastic bucket. Takes no time, and is nice and neat. I like the ones without labels, as I can see the light score marks from the press and use them as a guide, but it doesn't really matter. Rick
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  4. WellSeasoned

    WellSeasoned
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

    I break mine in the package they come in. Break into quarters.
     
    firecracker_77 likes this.
  5. Dix

    Dix
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,673
    Likes Received:
    1,348
    Loc:
    Long Island, NY
    Break them into a container, catches the "dust".
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    firecracker_77 likes this.
  6. melissa71

    melissa71
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    26
    Loc:
    Chicagoland
    I use a gallon size freezer bag. The regular bags rip too easy, or I'm just too rough, lol. I put one or two in the bag, and break it into 1/4s while it's in the bag. That way there are no crumbs, and the rest is ready for later. I think I read about someone else doing it that way here, but I can't rember who. It works out really well.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. gls289

    gls289
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2010
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    Lansing, MI
    I use a brick chisel and hammer right through the plastic wrap into quarters. The wrap stays in tact so I just put them back in the box until I need them.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
    Expand Collapse
    Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    32,180
    Likes Received:
    9,464
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    I just push down on'em still in the package on the edge of the kitchen counter. Then slice the wrapper over a coffee can and drop the quarters and the pixie dust into the can.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  9. bluedogz

    bluedogz
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,244
    Likes Received:
    257
    Loc:
    NE Maryland
    I hope this doesn't seem out of line... just asking...

    I think it'd be great if Super Cedars were scored across the face for easy splitting, since it seems most folks start up with 1/4 of SC anyway.

    Does that add too many manufacturing steps?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,733
    Likes Received:
    1,510
    Loc:
    Next to nuke plant Berwick, PA.
    That is what a hatchet is for.
    Next you'll want someone to snap them into quarters for you. ;-)
    Hows that 30 doing for ya this year?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    Pallet Pete and raybonz like this.
  11. begreen

    begreen
    Expand Collapse
    Mooderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    59,188
    Likes Received:
    7,337
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    I just snap them into quarters while still wrapped. It's easy to just take them in hand and snap in half, then snap in half again. This way the crumbs stay contained in the packaging.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    PapaDave likes this.
  12. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
    Expand Collapse
    Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    32,180
    Likes Received:
    9,464
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    There are shallow score marks under the label.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    16,940
    Likes Received:
    3,463
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Jedi light saber.

    Well I would if I had one.

    Until then I just break them in half and then the halves in half again using the corner of my woodbox.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    Scols and Hearth Mistress like this.
  14. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,827
    Likes Received:
    367
    Loc:
    South Central Indiana
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  15. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    16,940
    Likes Received:
    3,463
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    I was shamed for my lack of manliness and inability to easily break the Super Cedar into quarters by hand by Backwoods Savage . . . until I manned up . . . well that and I now use the corner of my woodbox.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    tfdchief and raybonz like this.
  16. bluedogz

    bluedogz
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2011
    Messages:
    1,244
    Likes Received:
    257
    Loc:
    NE Maryland
    Ok... now all you smart**es put a hand in your pocket and break 'em.
    BBart- mine have no scores... s'why I asked.
    Actually, a junky steak knife I got at the $ store works too.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  17. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    16,940
    Likes Received:
    3,463
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    I think I could still do it . . . just a bit more of a challenge.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  18. billz

    billz
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    5
    Loc:
    Fountain Inn SC
    all I can say is WOW. I knew you all would have some ideas that I wouldn't think of...thanks
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  19. egclassic

    egclassic
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    261
    Likes Received:
    15
    Loc:
    SW Ohio
    Just break them by hand. Unless you feel the need to have perfect 1/4's it works just fine, no special tools needed!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    Scols, blujacket and Wildo like this.
  20. tfdchief

    tfdchief
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    3,336
    Likes Received:
    1,295
    Loc:
    Tuscola, IL
    I first used a butcher knife.....set it on the super cedar and smacked it with a rubber mallet. One wack is all it took. Nice clean cut. I just break them now. As others have said unless you want a nice clean cut and perfect quarters, breaking them works just fine. I have a small round box my wife gave me that I keep them in. I just break some and fill it when it gets empty.
    Super cedars.JPG Super cedars 2.JPG
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  21. Ashful

    Ashful
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2012
    Messages:
    8,614
    Likes Received:
    3,582
    Loc:
    Philadelphia
    I just use the sharp edge of the stovetop or ash lip, while still in the package. Center, press, voila!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  22. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Likes Received:
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan
    I simply break them with my hands before opening the package. It is simple. The new case we bought does not have wrappers but that is no problem.

    btw, we store the broken ones in a zip lock bag. When those 4 are gone, I break another puck.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  23. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Likes Received:
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan

    I think it depends upon what you order. Some are scored and some are not. We've always had the scored and it no doubt does make it easier to break straight.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  24. DianeB

    DianeB
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    153
    Loc:
    Foot Hills of the Berkshires
    I ordered mine without any wrappers - they have very shallow scores. My hands are not strong enough to snap them so use a steak knife on them - a bit of a project, I do around 5 at a time.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  25. begreen

    begreen
    Expand Collapse
    Mooderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    59,188
    Likes Received:
    7,337
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    I heard Hearth.com Members uses one of these to slice em.

    big-brake.jpg
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    BrianK, Scols, NWfuel and 1 other person like this.

Share This Page

Entire Site copyright © 1995-2016 - email to webinfo@hearth.com
Hearth.com and HearthNet are property and trademarks of Hearth.com LLC Advertising Information