Hey all, I'm still new to all this since trying to reduce my winter heating bill with a wood fireplace insert I installed before last winter and I am learning everything for the first time. I live in the town of Colorado Springs Colorado. The forest is a 25 minute drive and I can purchase a permit for $30 and bring down green wood that the forest service has cut down and delimbed. It's ponderosa pine (up to 20" thick) and some pole pine. I have to cut the wood into 13-1/2 inch lengths because that's the max length my small insert will reasonably accept. Last year I piled up about 4 cords at my house. Now a year later I am splitting the wood with a hand swing mauler which works well since most of the wood is dry now except for some large bottom peices. I'm 43 and fit and I don't mind using the mauler, it's good exercise. The problem is, I can't get more wood now to replace what I'll burn this winter because I don't have enough room to store two years of wood. So it looks like I'll need to wait until after this winter to go back to the forest. So in the springs it looks like I may need to split the new wood while it's still green so it will dry out enough by next winter (which would be only 6 months). I know the mauler does not work on green wood, instead it bounces off like it's made of rubber. Q. Do you think I am correct that I will need a splitter and split the wood while still green? Q. Has anyone have experience with the Strickler cone mounted on a vehicle splitter? Q. Can I easily get like 3 or 4 way splitter so it will go faster, what splitter would you recommend, the electric ones seem faster than the hydraulic in general, I don't want some big machine to keep just for splitting wood and are the hand or foot crank splitters a joke? Thanks for any info!