Wednesday, October 26, 2016
SPLITTING WOOD THE RUSSIAN WAY
I have no idea how many cords of firewood I have split with an ax and a maul over the many years I have burned firewood - at least twenty, and probably more.
I always balanced the log on a splitting stump and then smashed the upper end with a ax or maul. The old saying is that firewood heats you twice: once when you cut it an split it and again when you burn it.
Over the past two days I have split about a cord of wood with my new log splitter - and I love it. It is a six ton unit and works just fine on regular size firewood. The instructions state that you can split logs up to twenty inches long and ten inches in diameter. I have cut my logs at sixteen inches length; but I also have some logs over ten inches in diameter. When I first tried to split the larger logs the splitter didn't seem to handle them. Then I remembered a video I had seen on YouTube of a Russian splitting firewood with an ax.
It seemed worth a try so instead of putting the log longitudinally on the splitter I stood it up vertically.
It worked beautifully. The logs easily split every time.
Who says you can't teach an Ol'Buzzard new tricks?