I'm cutting up wood that was cut down in April-May 2008. The logs are anywhere from 5' - 20'. So now I am cutting it up to rounds, and trying to split. I've never really done this before other than a few hours every couple years. My logs are mostly maple and some locust (I think). Some of them are up to 24" diameter. So I bought a maul. Not sure on it's weight. I'm early 30's & 210 lbs. I wouldn't call myself strong, just average. I am having a heck of a time splitting most rounds. The diameter seems proportional to the number of times I have to hit. Sometimes I am hitting them 5-7 times and not getting a crack in the log. I throw them to the side then. Most rounds are not even cracking on the first hit, unless they are small 6-10" diameter. I cut a short round to use as a base, and put all my rounds to split on top of it. I am trying to split right after I cut it from a log to a round. I am not getting much split. And I am getting frustrated. Am I doing something obvious wrong? Do rounds usually split on the first hit? Should I be letting the round dry for a while before I split it?