Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bwhunter85, Jun 8, 2012.
Noodling away. They are tough
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Popeye's in the house! Lookin' good. Don't forget the spinach!
You might try a sledge and wedge to halve those big ones, then hit 'em with an 8# maul. That 4-pounder won't keep moving through that tough stuff.
I can't find my 4-pounder right now...I don't know if it fell off the quad or what. I hate to buy another one too quickly because as soon as I do, the lost one will turn up.
Wow, that pic really has a red tint to it. Any way you can balance it?
Stay with it, looking good so far. For the really knotty ones, save her time and bodily suffrage and just noodle them with the chainsaw.
Looking good so far.
Some o f hose rounds may just bounce the maul back up at you.
Good exercise if you have a good back. Have fun! Swing harder
Sure is pretty looking wood.
Oh come on now, it's not like it's REAL Elm. Red Elm doesn't hardly count.
For what it's worth I did 2 cords or so of red elm with a fiskars a couple years ago & other than crotches & crooked pieces it split OK. And that was before they put a full sized handle on the fiskars. Basically a glorified hatchet!
Keep that axe sharp & when it bounces off, just get mad & as Dave says 'Swing harder!'
I'll be sitting back enjoying a cold one for ya.
That's some beautiful looking firewood!
Glad you're having fun! I got a truckload of American Elm and ended up ripping it with a chainsaw.. Decent enough firewood but way too much work to process! I would pass on it even if was delivered to me..
Worst wood I have had the displeasure of processing.
+1 .. My electric splitter just bounced off lol.. Used lots of chainsaw fuel and time to rip up the elm.. Really not worth the trouble to me..
I've never split Red Elm, just American Elm. American Elm stinks! I never split it by hand anymore. Luckily I cut wood at my uncle's farm and he has two hydraulic splitters. Unfortunately, I have wrecked one of the splitters doing....guess what? Splitting Elm!! The stuff is tough!
Red elm is the easiest of the elms. Siberian and american are what give elm a bad reputation.
Hand splitting (maul) Siberian Elm is as much fun as beating your brains out.
I gave up on about a dozen rounds (had to noodle them). 12 swings hitting in the same spot on a round was my limit.
I plan on giving up a sinister laugh every time I load one of these splits in my stove... 2013/14 season.
A few years back I split some American Elm with a sledge and wedge - toughest wood I've encountered for sure! I think now that I am a bit older/wiser I would use the chainsaw.
I must be missing something. My "light" maul is 8 lb., and my regular maul is just shy of 12 lb. What can you possibly split with a 4 lb. maul?
I also go to the sledge and wedges for halving large rounds. After halving, splitting pieces off with the maul is usually easy enough.
Never swung a 12 lb maul and if that is your regular maul you must have arms and a back made of steal!! I have an 8 lb maul which I use rarely and I use a 4 lb fiskars which splits mostly everything.
I have about 2 face cord of elm. I have swung enough to split 5 full cord of any other wood.
I leave Elm to rot!
I believe it is once again time for the money shot:
Jags. Every time I see that pic I laugh. Try stacking those splits
Looks like the elm I'm trying to split now, good thing mine is smaller
Cut that into small pieces, dip in wax, "Super elms" fire starters. LOL
yup: I just destroyed my poor little electric doing the same with a red elm... snapped off the guide bars and bent the ram!!
dont think I can fix it this time.
For me that split would be a prime candidate for my "fire pit wood" or "camp fire wood."
I work with a smaller guy (maybe 5'-7" / 140 lb.) who actually uses this crazy 18 lb. maul as his only means of splitting, and heats his house with an old smoke dragon. He loaned the maul to me once, and it went thru anything I swung it at, but sure wore me out quick. I also found keeping the orientation difficult, since the handle was round schedule 40 pipe, and I could not feel which way it was pointing. He cauled it a Monster Maul, but it was much larger than what I see sold as a Monster Maul today.
When I got back into splitting wood last year, after many years away from it, I was using the 12 lb. maul for everything. More recently, I've been using the 8-pounder, only grabbing the 12 when I have large or difficult rounds to split. I get better head speed, more precise aim, and less fatigue with the 8-pounder. It might be worth trying the Fiskar's 4-lb., if you like it. Perhaps it has a narrower head, which makes up for the lack of heft?
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