Rented a splitter last weekend at 3pm Sat and didn't need to turn it back in until Monday morning - all for $ 60. I was done with my wood by noon on sunday (3 hrs each day) so I let a buddy split his wood too. With prices like this, I may never buy a splitter. By Sunday night we had it all but stacked. I was running out of room - so we decided to do one of those Holz Hausen things. The problem is - my split maple pieces were all different sizes and I had a bunch of ugly pieces that just wouldn't stack. We started the Holz just fine, making the sides straight and the splits angled in. Everything was looking good and I was pleased. Except we decided to put the shorts and ugly pieces in the middle and instead of stacking and placing them in correctly, the kids and I just tossed them in. That was a mistake and in a matter of time we had a side blow out. To correct it, I took it down a notch and tightened it up on the inside and hopefully it will make it thru. I have to say - I am more of a fan of straight stacking. Although the Holz didn't take long to do, it would have been easier with smaller and more uniform splits. Here's the pic's . Now - I'm checking out of here until next fall - so I can get some fishing in between cutting the grass. I hope we get a long hot summer to get me ready for next winter. I'd like to think I'll put down the chain saw, but I know I won't be able to pass by if I have an opportunity for some good wood.