Stringy wood sucks. Is hickory a stringy wood to split?

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  1. f3cbboy

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    i am glad i read this thread - i have a pile of this stuff that requires much work to split. My 8 lb maul bounces off but i get it started with a splitting axe and then use the wedges. is it worth leaving this stuff sit for another year in rounds that are bucked about 16" long and anywhere from 12 - 15 " in diameter?? Thanks
     
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    Loft try and not split down the middle...come in about 3-4" for the outside diameter and work it that way. It's not as neat looking but it works...btw that's the way we work elm by hand up here...that's stringy too.
     
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    I'd try to split it while it's frozen, hickory is tuff stuff on a maul and your back.
    When I split it green, I have to run the splitter ram all the way through on just about every chunk.
    I wish it split like red oak.......

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    2 years later and I am finally burning some of this stuff. It burns really, really good!
     
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    Split lots of Hickory. I'm not sure what type but it seems stringy to me. Heavy as heck too, but worth every bit of sweat!
     
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    I'm on my last 20 rounds of over 3+ cords of elm (beggars can't be choosers!) and anybody man enough to split it with a maul gets my respect. It's hard enough with a splitter, not to mention time consuming because you have to run the wedge all the way through every split to tear the fibers apart. I didn't realize how easy splitting could be until I got into a few pieces of soft maple. That stuff splits itself just looking at the wedge.

    The only thing I have to help split elm is doing when the temperature is around 0.
     
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    I’d try to split it while it’s frozen, hickory is tuff stuff on a maul and your back.
    When I split it green, I have to run the splitter ram all the way through on just about every chunk.
    I wish it split like red oak.......

    WB

    Thanks WB - i got this stuff last summer and it was a bear - i'll try to take care of it now while it is still frozen. I can't believe how much i have come to know about tree id in the last couple of months. thanks again
     
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