My wife has decided she wants to help out with the wood splitting! She wants to build upper body strength, but thinks my 8# maul is to heavy. I know there are lighter weight options out there. (have thought about it for myself as well.) What are your experiences and suggestions. We burn a mix of cottonwood and elm. (It's what is available and free) The cottonwood is great for getting things going, and the elm is wonderful for letting the Tribute flex out, if you catch my meaning.(This is more stove then people give it credit!) My wife hasn't tried the elm yet, I have some trouble with it, so she doesn't want to try it yet.