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Splitting by hand

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Lewiston, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. golfandwoodnut

    golfandwoodnut Minister of Fire

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    I got my Monster Maul 20 some years ago. I still love that thing, indestructable and you feel like a heman. I also have a regular maul and bought a fiskars a few years ago when I got serious about burning again. I split over 20 cords by hand in a matter of 2 years. There are always a few rounds that were impossible to split, or just not worth the effort. Some went in the outdoor firepit. Recently I found a used 28 ton huskee and it split all the unsplitabbles with ease. I have only split about 3 cords with it so far, so it is kind of new to me. But I am sure I will still always enjoy splitting by hand, at least as long as I can. I prefer a workout routine that produces something rather than just going to the gym.
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  2. Senatormofo

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    Nothing like busting rounds in the summer and cooling off with a few cold barley pops!
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  3. Senatormofo

    Senatormofo Member

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    I used a Monster Maul for about two hours, once. Once was all it took to make me feel like I fell down a flight of steps the next day. I went right out and bought an X27. I love swinging the Fiskars!
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  4. Lewiston

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    LOL
    The funny things is this is all I've known and never have had a reason to replace it.
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  5. Shadow&Flame

    Shadow&Flame Minister of Fire

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    We are very similar...splitting by hand at a young age and bad back. I will at some point have to invest in a splitter, but I am holding out as long as I can.
    It takes me longer to split by hand now and I pay for it longer, but I still enjoy it. I have warning signs from my back that I have to heed and as long as I do I can still split enough to get the job done.
  6. corey21

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    All of my firewood i process i split by hand great exercise and i love splitting wood.
  7. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Twisted wedge? Sounds interesting...got a pic or link?
    The only time I use wedges is if I'm getting wood somewhere else and have to bust down big rounds to be able to lift them onto the trailer.

    EDIT: OK, I found it. Forty bucks though. It is the Fiskars of wedges! ;lol
    I like that thin tapered tip. A lot of time I will take an angle grinder to a wedge to get a narrower angle so that it is easier to start...
    Looks like a variation on the wood grenade, the idea being to push the wood further apart at the top of the wedge.


    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=41142&cat=1,41131
  8. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    A 10 lb sledge and 4 lb wedges is all I use and I love them. I don't own hydraulics, not that I wouldn't like too, just can't afford a splitter at the moment. Not to worry however, Washington tells me the economy is getting better every day! Guess I'll have that splitter soon!;lol
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  9. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I hand split too. I'll keep it up as long as my body allows me to. It can be very satisfying to go outside and break stuff for an hour or so. I prefer the lighter weight Fiskars splitting tools. They seem to be a little easier on my not so young anymore body.
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  10. jackatc1

    jackatc1 Burning Hunk

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    At 77 I stay mostly with hydraulics horizontal homemade.
    Except when rounds are to heavy to lift, I use a 10# maul and a grenade wedge.
    Noodle as last resort.
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  11. nola mike

    nola mike Feeling the Heat

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    Just for fun, I put on the heart rate monitor a couple of times while splitting (Mostly with a Fiskars X25). Keeps the heart rate in the 160-170's, about 900 calories/hour. Or slightly more than when I'm biking at a 15-16 mph clip.
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  12. Backwoods Savage

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    Hey, I will still split a few by hand every now and then and wish I could do more. But once you start with the hydraulics, splitting wood will never be the same!
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  13. Backwoods Savage

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    Jack, you are just a little ahead of me but I won't use a 10 pound maul!!!
  14. Backwoods Savage

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    But biking is more fun.
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  15. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    I enjoy splitting with mauls, wedges and sledge more than the borrowed machine. What is cool is to do some sessions with the 14 lb. Monster maul- enough to get tuned to it again. Then swing the 6 pounder- it feels like a feather! Makes me laugh...
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  16. Waulie

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    99.8% by hand here. I enjoy it and actually find it way faster than hydraulics. I throw the real bad rounds in a pile and once a year borrow my dads 20 ton.
  17. schlot

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    Wow, inspiration to us all!
  18. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    Just to add my vote (once again) for splitting by hand for as long as possible; your heart, and back, will thank you. Don't overdo it, it's like any exercise, you can't just get off the sofa after many years and split for an hour, but try 10 minutes, and increase it a little at a time. I do sympathize with those who have already hurt their back, but for the rest of us, building muscle is the surest way to protect those joints. Unless you suffer from some relevant medical condition, splitting 2 or 3 cords in a year should be no problem for anybody below retirement age, and if you start then, you'll be splitting by hand well into that retirement. Splitting by hand is at least 30% of the pleasure I get from burning wood, long may it continue.

    TE
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  19. Waulie

    Waulie Minister of Fire

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    and, do some situps! Building ab muscles is the best way to protect your back.
  20. Pierre902

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    Since converting from wood pellets to wood all I do is hand split. Probably on about 6 cords over the past year with my 8lb maul. Good exercise and a good excuse not to go to the gym. Someone on here mentioned a twisted wedge.This is a picture of the one I use and it works great on those knotty pieces of white oak.


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  21. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    I split everything by hand for 35 years. Still wish I could, but as others, I simply cannot anymore. Thank God for hydraulics.......'cause there keeping in the game. ;)
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  22. Thistle

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    June 2011 stack 6 ft tall x 12 ft long,mostly with X25,about 15% with 20lb monster maul,about 3hrs total including 30 min break to stretch out my legs/back & take a short walk on one of the trails.

    Not bad for an old fart.

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  23. Eric Schaefer

    Eric Schaefer New Member

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    I do all mine by hand, too cheap for a splitter. Wedge and sledge for what I can't do with my splitting axe (not maul, looking at some though). You know what they say, firewood warms you twice, when you split, and when you burn. ;)
  24. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    I will buy a splitter when I get some extra cash or find one of those great deals out there. I love being outside and processing wood with a maul and with a splitter its all fun to me.
  25. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    I love maul splitting too, it helps to elevate those testosterone levels better than any other physical activity I do.
    I have a chronic back problem as well, but fortunately splitting doesn't bother it. Actually it may help it somewhat. I wish I could say the same for running the chainsaw, because that's an activity that really hurts my back. If there was some sort of hydraulic device that I could sit on a milk crate and use instead of a chain saw, I'd buy it in a minute.

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