I have read just about every thread in this section since I came here since before I bought my house last year I don't think I ever split a piece of wood, used a chainsaw, or knew what a maul was. So now after nearly a year I still think there are some things I need to figure out. 1. I initially bought the axe below. This is a dumb question, but what should I be using this axe for? I have a chainsaw and I can't imagine people still cut trees down by hand? It does not seem to be any better than what I bought below (#2) so I can't figure out what to use it for. Axe - http://www.lowes.com/pd_274941-302-1215400_0__?productId=1078367&Ntt=axe&pl=1¤tURL;=/pl__0__s?Ntt=axe 2. I then bought this "Super wood splitter" thinking this is what I should be using. I have a sledge hammer that I use in conjunction with this to get the big rounds in half and while the end of this has taken a beating it has not shown any signs of breaking. I have hand split roughly 4 cords so far. http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=147592-302-1217000&langId;=-1&storeId=10151&productId=3013823&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=sim&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1 3. I see many people using the Firskars Super Splitting axe, but if I got one is it going to help me at all over the "Super wood splitter" I have? I realize it is likely a better product, but will it make that much of a difference? http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-7854-Splitting-28-Inch-4-Pound/dp/B00004SD7B/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1287506183&sr=1-2 4. I guess I do not have a true maul so should I get an 8lb maul? 5. What advantages are there to using wedges? I do not have any, but I have not had any pieces of wood I wasn't able to get split. Is it just easier? I want to get a splitter, but at $1K+ it might be another year or two so until then I don't want to kill myself doing this all by hand.